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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,825 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Brandman Narrator: Robert B. Parker, James Naughton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jesse Stone Series Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780739384909
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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 increases 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 2/19/2014

    " Fast light read, entertaining Jesse Stone novel... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayne | 2/13/2014

    " love these Jesse Stone stories....always entertaining.....never disappoint "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 2/11/2014

    " Too many he said. Jess said. said used too much m- even Parker wasn't that bad with his dialog! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethe | 2/5/2014

    " I was worried if I would be able to tell that Robert B. Parker hadn't written this book, it's been a while since I'd read the last Jesse Stone. I couldn't tell, stopped worrying and just enjoyed the story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/2/2014

    " More like Tom Selleck's Jesse Stone than Robert Parker's Jesse Stone and he's a Jesse Stone who is slightly more violent and slightly less witty than I recall but overall -- not bad. Worth another chance as the series will surely continue now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 2/1/2014

    " This was a quick entertaining book. I didn't realize it was part of a series, I'll have to read the rest of the series now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Beech | 1/25/2014

    " This book is to Robert Parker's work what a tribute band is to the Beatles. Reminds you of some of the things you liked, but no substitute for the original. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/21/2014

    " This is one of those "published by the estate of . . . " books. I liked it anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhod | 1/16/2014

    " I never tire of Jesse Stone, especially when I can visualize Selleck as the main character. This is definitely one of the best in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy Templeton-sims | 1/13/2014

    " A Jesse Stone, not as good as Robert Parker wrote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caran-marie | 1/6/2014

    " Well done! Nice that he moves into the house of the TV movies. Nicely resolved some issues. It must be hard to follow in the steps of greatness- but a good book resulted! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 12/27/2013

    " if you like Robert Parker's work, you'll notice that there are some differences between the way Brandman writes and the way Parker actually writes. I felt this lacked the authentic flavor of Parker. Miss that guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Francis | 12/4/2013

    " At times it felt like the dialogue was written for Tom Selleck, not Jesse Stone. Molly's character was also off and I don't think Brandman got her relationship with Jesse right. Overall I would read another Brandman Jesse Stone but mainly because I am not ready to give up the characters yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 12/4/2013

    " It was ok; definitely not up to Parker's level, and Jesse talked too much like Spenser! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Sam | 12/1/2013

    " A good job of echoing the style and characterization of Parker's characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/1/2013

    " I enjoyed this book but not as much as if Robert B. Parker had written it. Michael Brandman did an ok job but it wasn't Parker. I'm not sure I would have read end except his Chief Jesse Stone character is my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Goolsby | 11/13/2013

    " Not a bad start...Brandman brings Parker's Jesse Stone closer to the TV version, and that's what this one reads like--a novelization rather than a novel... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 9/20/2013

    " The second author picks up Parker's story line. He makes Jesse sound more like Spencer but it was still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 8/22/2013

    " I couldn't put this book down. Purely for escape from a dismal, rainy day in northwestern Wisconsin. However, as I read the book I could see Tom Selleck, "Suitcase" and others in my mind's eye as a result of watching the Jessie Stone made for TV movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Eyster | 7/4/2013

    " Bittersweet. This is Parker's last book. What a loss! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 6/12/2013

    " It was okay, but it's time to retire the series...fans of the Jesse Stone series will read it, but it really doesn't quite come up to Parker's standard. (Though I don't think this series is near as interesting as the Spenser series.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice Reisman | 4/8/2013

    " Loved this series, but am so saddened by the passing of Robert Parker. I feel Michael Brandman did a great job in finishing this book. It was a very quick read because of the short chapters - but I did enjoy it very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eunys | 1/13/2013

    " Lots of uncomplicated conversations make this a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 11/14/2012

    " The name Michael Brandman surprised me as author. Reading the book without noticing, this book read like just another Jesse Stone novel by Rober Parker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 10/3/2012

    " You can tell there is a different voice, but it is still a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 10/14/2011

    " Pretty good book. R.I.P Robert. We miss you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 10/9/2011

    " Love Parker's books and especially love the New Jesse Stone series - but did not enjoy this one as well. Going to miss Robert B. Parker. Read all the Spenser Books and all the Jesse Stone books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 9/3/2011

    " Brandman is no Parker, but he is a good runner-up. His Jesse Stone adventure reads more like the TV movies, but is adept, entertaining and fast reading. This was a good introduction to the continuation of the series and, yes, I will continue reading them. "

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About the Author
Michael Brandman is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice and Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues. An award-winning producer of more than thirty motion pictures, he collaborated with Robert B. Parker for years on movie projects, Spenser TV movies, and the Jesse Stone series of TV movies starring Tom Selleck. He worked on the adaptations of Stone Cold, Night Passage, Death in Paradise, and Sea Change, and wrote and produced the original screenplays for Thin Ice, No Remorse, Innocents Lost, and Benefit of the Doubt. He lives in California.
About the Narrators
Robert B. Parker recipient of the Grand Master Edgar Award, is a pillar of American detective fiction. He is the author of more than fifty books for adults, including the New York Times bestselling Spenser and Jesse Stone novels. The Boxer and the Spy is his second book for young readers. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he and his wife, Joan, currently live in Cambridge, where Mr. Parker has on more than one occasion stepped into the boxing ring–but just for the fun of it.

James Naughton is an actor and director. He first came to prominence in the television series adaptation of the Planet of the Apes movie series of the same name. Since then, he has starred in dozens television shows and appeared in numerous Broadway plays. He is a two-time Tony Award winner, one for his performance as Sam Spade in City of Angels and the other portraying Billy Flynn in the 1997 revival of Chicago.