- Series: A Jesse Stone Novel (Book 10)
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (September 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399157840
- ISBN-13: 978-0399157844
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (444 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues (A Jesse Stone Novel) Hardcover – Unabridged, September 13, 2011
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'No one understands what makes Bob Parker's Jesse Stone tick better than Michael Brandman - and Michael is just the writer to carry Jesse into the future' Tom Selleck. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Robert B. Parker was the author of more than seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole / Everett Hitch westersns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American Crime fiction, he died in January 2010.
Michael Brandman, the award-winning producer of more than thirty motion pictures, collaborated with Robert B. Parker for years on movie projects, the Spenser TVmovies, and the Jesse Stone series of TV movies starring Tom Selleck. Brandman cowrote the screenplays for Stone Cold, No Remorse, and Innocents Lost, and supervised the screenplay adaptations of Night Passage, Death in Paradise, and Sea Change. He and Selleck were executive producers of the entire series. Brandman lives in California.
Top Customer Reviews
If, like me, you are a long-time reader of the late, lamented Grand Master Parker, you will be rightly skeptical. The stylistic differences, coupled with clearly different skill-sets, will be off-putting. The choices Michael Brandman makes early in the book will drive you crazy. You might want to fling the book out a window, even.
If, however, you come to Killing The Blues as an admirer of the Jesse Stone TV-Movies, on which Brandman and Parker were frequent collaborators, you'll likely be spared such self-righteous angst.
Brandman seems to be blurring the lines between book and movie continuity now, to the point that Killing The Blues is much like those "tv tie-in" books that support CSI and other long-running series. The settings and characters now resemble the movies more than previous books.
By itself, Killing The Blues is a very effective story of obssession, redemption and all the themes Parker made resonate so well. It weaves a few compelling plot-lines together pretty seamlessly. It's very entertaining crime-fiction commerce.
As summer approaches Paradise, Jesse is greeted with a new wave of car thefts, all Hondas. Clearly an organized-crime expansion into His Town to feed their chop-shop appetites. Jesse wants to stop the crimes, but the Paradise Board of Selectmen want to stop the threat to The Season, which creates some cross-purposes, and opportunities for Jesse to display his ironic aversion to authority.
Jesse hears from his old boss in L.A.Read more ›
When I heard that this new author (of "Killing the Blues") worked on the Jesse Stone tv movies I was REALLY dreading this novel, and what at first looked like my prediction coming true, ended up being a nice surprise.
At first glimpse over the opening pages (or the Kindle sample) I began to fear the worst....as in quick order the "book" Jesse/Paradise, was slightly skewed so that it resembled more the "tv" Jesse/Paradise. The slight changes (no big spoilers here as this is in the first few pages) include Jesse moving from his apartment to a rental house on an inlet across from a bridge, his romance with Parker's other character, Sunny Randall, is on ice as she is now working long term on a case in England. A slight change that is difficult to miss, is that the writing style is vastly different, and this is both bad and good. The negative is that it does not have the same "feel" of the shorter chapters that end with some sort of one liner. The positive is that the author pays more attention to the story...let me rephrase that, stories - as there are multiple plot lines that kept me engaged.
Once I got past the differences and recognized that there were not to be any more and any vast changes I began to enjoy the book, and again there was much in the plot to enjoy. A released criminal from L.A. is out for revenge and causing havok in Paradise.Read more ›
Don't encourage this type of thing. Don't buy this book. Tell your Parker-loving friends not to buy this book. If you must, leaf through it when it appears (in hardcover or paperback) in the remainder pile at some bricks-and-mortar bookstore. You'll see what I'm talking about.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having been a HUGE Robert Parker fan, I just stumbled across this book last week. Indeed, the most recent Robert Parker ghost writers had left me rather cold. Read morePublished 16 days ago by The Weatherman
Always enjoy the Jesse Stone characterPublished 1 month ago by Review was wron. shirt wasn't thin.Just small.
I enjoyed this book. Michael Brandman is not Robert B Parker, but close. Style and storyline follow. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gary Bolinsky
Enjoyed this book as much as I had hoped. When I got to the Ninth Book in the Series and learned of the Death of Robert B. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A solid entree in the Jesse Stone oeuvre, as Michael Brandman clearly has studied the originals thoroughly and to good advantage. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dean Speir