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Format: Hardcover
Jesse Stone got off to a shaky start in "Night Passage." In this second outing for the character, Parker has come quickly up to speed and I'm glad. I've read ever book this author has written and suffered through the occasional doldrums. This novel was like returning home.As a cop, I read crime fiction with a sharp - and somewhat jaundiced - eye. I can find fault with minor details in this book, but not enough to get in the way of enjoying it. The plot moves along at a good pace, switching points of view with alternating chapters. It is somewhat cinematic in this respect, telling the story from both places and allowing the reader to more fully understand the story. The characters are solid and well written. A hero like Stone or Spenser needs quality villains to oppose and there are two in this one, if you don't count the townswoman of whom Stone makes an enemy in the course of doing his job.If there are more Jesse Stone novels to come, bring them on! I'll enjoy learning more about his world, just as I did learning about Spenser's.
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Format: Hardcover
Is it me, or are the Spenser novels getting a little stale? Parker seems to have started telling the same story over and over again, from Crimson Joy on up to the present. Spenser always knows what to do to make things come out perfectly. Does anyone remember the early Spenser, who didn't always know what to do? The Spenser of "Mortal Stakes" (a brilliant detective novel) who ambushed and murdered the villian and his cohort so that his clients could get out from beneath their shadow? I miss the Spenser who who committed morally suspect acts in order to fulfull his own personal code. And then came Jesse Stone, Parker's alternate protagonist. He's troubled, he's flawed, he's an incomplete human being trying to find a new place for himself. He doesn't always know what to do, and he has potential to mess up. Parker was on the verge of rediscovering depth of character in "Night Passage" and he's found it with "Trouble In Paradise." In the villain Macklin (among others...all the criminals in this book are amazing) we see a character who makes sense because his motivations are in place: he's greedy, he wants money, and he downright enjoys being a criminal. Further, Parker shows his incredible understanding of small town Massachusetts dynamics, politics, and corruption in the Jesse Stone books. He truly is on the verge of becoming great again as author. Give him a chance.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
When reading any of Robert Parker's novels it's difficult not to compare his protagonist with Spenser, Parker's most famous character. However, Jesse Stone, police chief of Paradise, Mass. is not Spenser. He is Spenser-like in that he's self assured, competent, and has a dry sense of humor.
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.
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...I like the fact that with a little wilfull suspension of disbelief, I can resume my love of Spenser through a new character. I can't help but think that each time I read a new Spenser that he's getting too old to do the stuff that he does. I also like Stone's ability to be "human" without resenting Susan (who can't make up her mind about her relationship with Spenser after 20-some-odd years). Jesse Stone is battling alcoholism, failed relationships and cuckoldery. But, best of all, he's tough, smart and allows me to be a tough guy by proxy. I am continually amazed at the efficiency in Parker's writing. In very few words, I am able to identify with characters and understand what motivates them and what keeps them realistic. I hope that Mr. Parker will continue with this series, but I hope Spenser lives, too!
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This is the second of Parker's new series, and Jesse Stone is being well developed. He definitely isn't a Spenser clone. He's more serious and more fallible. Actually, he's more human and easier to identify with.
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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