Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues (Jesse Stone, Bk 10)
Robert B Parker's Killing the Blues - Jesse Stone, Bk 10 Author:Michael Brandman Paradise, Massachusetts, is preparing for the summer tourist season when a string of car thefts disturbs what is usually a quiet time in town. In a sudden escalation of violence, the thefts become murder, and chief of police Jesse Stone finds himself facing one of the toughest cases of his career. Pressure from the town politicians only increase... more »s when another crime wave puts residents on edge. Jesse confronts a personal dilemma as well: a burgeoning relationship with a young PR executive, whose plans to turn Paradise into a summertime concert destination may have her running afoul of the law.
When a mysterious figure from Jesse's past arrives in town, memories of his last troubled days as a cop in L.A. threaten his ability to keep order in Paradise -- especially when it appears that the stranger is out for revenge.« less
Marvelous, fast-paced book that holds your interest until the very end. Short sentences, short chapters in the Parker style with Jesse in trouble on all sides. His toughness/tenderness is handled so beautifully in this novel you'll wish you knew him personally. About a dozen things going on all at once which makes the book lively and entertaining. Highly recommended.
I have enjoyed most all of Parker's books and was anxious to see what someone else would do with his characters. This book was good. I had to keep reminding myself that Parker did not write it. I am now waiting on another author that has written a book on Spenser. They are proving to be good reads.
This is the first Jesse Stone novel written by the author chosen by Bob Parker's widow and his publisher to carry on the popular series.
Brandman co-wrote the screenplays for the Jesse Stone TV movies along with Parker and series star Tom Selleck, so he was already deeply submerged in the very particular world of Jesse Stone.
This installment carries all the hallmarks of the series: overly clever dialogue, several simultaneous stories, romantic interludes described in superficial detail, and Jesse running around Paradise solving everyone's problems while feeling guilty that some of his behavior created them. All the usual suspects are in the Paradise Police Station. The villains for this installment veer between the truly horrible and the ones you don't mind so much when they get away with their crimes.
Read like a screenplay, but that was great for me; I pretty much read the novel in one sitting.
Though Brandman is obviously skilled as a writer, some Parker-isms are absent that I enjoyed, BUT!, again, there were enough to keep me hooked.
I am glad the Parker estate chose differing writers to carry-on the 3 main character franchises, as the first Sunny Randall novel after Parker passed was a disappointment. Brandman and Atkins are so far, so good.
Glenda H. (glendaham) reviewed Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues (Jesse Stone, Bk 10) on
Although the heirs of Robert Parker agreed to have Michael Brandman continue using Parker's notes, the "spark" is missing. He uses many of the Stone cliches but not as good as Parker's first 9 Jesse Stone novels.
Good job keeping the momentum with Jesse and company grinding along in Paradise, Mass by the author. Very quick read. Type is wide spaced and the 290 pages are possibly equivalent to 250 pages for the normal typeset and line spacing in paperback form. The storyline did not drag. This was a good addition to the Jesse Stone series. I look forward to Mr. Brandman's future works keeping alive the Robert B Parker sagas. Like all of his adoring fans; I miss him.