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Jesse's domestic troubles are gradually overshadowed, however, when ex-con Jimmy Macklin arrives in town. Macklin plans to pull "the mother of all stickups" on the ritzy Stiles Island in Paradise Harbor. He has figured out that the Stiles Island bridge, with its underpinning of utility cables and pipes, is a veritable lifeline to the mainland, and he's gathered a rogues' gallery of professional crooks and killers to help him take the bridge and make the island into a thieves' paradise. The one problem: Macklin never figured that Paradise, Massachusetts, would have a police chief as tough and resourceful as Jesse Stone.
As usual, Parker's stark and facile prose perfectly complements the masculine sufferings of his hero, and the action of the novel unfolds with an effortlessness that intimates a craftsman at work. With Parker's Spenser safely canonized as a detective fiction legend, Jesse Stone's unfolding world offers a welcome new addition to Parker's ouevre. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story revolves around an attempted heist of all the valuables on ritzy Stiles Island. Career criminal James Macklin assembles a crew of specialists who plan to isolate the island from the nearby mainland and at their leisure pluck all of the residents clean of anything valuable. Of course, they don't realize they'll have to deal with Jesse Stone.
I didn't like the book as much as I like the Spenser novels. This is probably not fair to Parker because when this book is compared to other authors in writing in the same genre it is very good indeed. The sharp Parker dialogue is there along with the rapidly moving pace of the whole novel. A real Chief of Police wouldn't be able to get away with some of the things that Jesse Stone does, but hey, this IS fiction after all. All-in-all a good book for mystery lovers.
This particular book pits him against a gang of five, two of which are indeed formidable, along with a woman who's formidable because of her love for one of the bad guys. The 3rd person narrative allows us to get a better picture of the bad guys and exactly what they're doing than we get in Spenser's 1st person narratives.
Jesse Stone isn't as fast with the wise cracks and snappy dialogue as Spenser is, but the two main crooks give us a lot of snappy dialogue. In fact, one restaurant conversation between Macklin and Crow could've easily been between Spenser and Hawk.
Lots to notice in the book. Jenn is going to a Cambridge shrink. Could that shrink be somebody we Spenser fans know well? A base of characters is being built up here, and I'm sure we'll see some of them in future books. Tony Marcus shows up, but notice that Stone doesn't meet him, so they're unaware of each other. A lot of readers are concerned about Sloan's drinking and his sex habits. It seems to me that he's not truly an alcoholic and is keeping his drinking under control. As far as whether he's practicing safe sex or not...well, Parker doesn't really tell us whether he's taking precautions or not.
Important thing is that this is a fun read. The short chapters are hooks though...like salted peanuts, one always needs one more. And I disagree with anyone who implies these books are quickly forgotten. I'm surprised when I come across references to the previous book as to how much I do remember.
If Parker is indeed easing Spenser out the door, Sloan may well be the more interesting of Parker's new series heroes.
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Love the short chapters, so easy to pick up and read one when you have 10-15minutes to spare. Witty and gritty. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Penny Mathysen
While I read I hear Tom Selleck talking! Haha!
Really enjoy the books and movies. ..
Parker was an author who used few words, he did not feel the need to say 20 words when 2 or 3 would convey the same statement.
Easy to read; can finish in a few hours.
I love the Jesse Stone character. Now there is a hero, flaws and all.Published 17 days ago by Bereness