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Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues (A Jesse Stone Novel) Hardcover – Unabridged, September 13, 2011

3.6 out of 5 stars 444 customer reviews
Book 10 of 13 in the A Jesse Stone Novel Series

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  • 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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Your reaction to the simple existence of a Jesse Stone novel written by someone who's not Robert B. Parker will likely define your approach to reading it.

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.
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I will admit I was, and am an avid fan of the PARKER written Jesse Stone books. In fact as his series' got into their later incarnations I enjoyed the Stone stories (except for one) better than the later Spenser tales. Having said that there was a part of me that was excited that the books would go on, but a larger part of me dreaded the idea.

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.
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Jesse Stone was a Robert Parker character because he spoke sparingly, didn't tell everyone everything he knew, and SHOWED us his character through his actions. A complex character, to be sure, but you always wanted to know how things were going to turn out--in the plot and for Jesse. This book is the opposite of that style. The author doesn't show you what's happening. Instead, he tells you with a million little contrived backstories, inartfully inserted so as to break the narrative drive. Also, it's a swamp of pop-psychology adjectives and behavior and pretty much every character in it is made out of low-grade cardboard. And the sexual attraction between characters was apparently ordered from the Acme Company.

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.
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This should have some kind of warning on the cover for Robert B. Parker fans: "This is NOT your guy." I tried to like this but it just ground the gears too often. Ham-handed exposition that read more like stage directions...for the love of RBP, let the characters tell us what's going on, what's gone on and why they are doing what they are doing. After stylistic differences, we have the none-too-small matter of fidelity to the Stone character. This version is way too far away from social norms (even for Jesse Stone). A lot of shooting and violence. Not exactly cerebral. The Chief of the Paradise Police Department comes off as the vigilante in charge...and his officers are paper-thin. Molly is a victim of the body-snatchers. Suit has apparently lost his marbles and his moral compass completely. The bad guys are comic book characters and a fair number of nitwits (car thief, school principal, school bully) go through some sort of magical redemption in unbelievably short order....kind of like a television episode. This guy couldn't sharpen Parker's pencils.
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