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Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues

by Michael Brandman (Author)

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Michael Brandman has done a creditable job of replicating Robert B. Parker’s fictional police chief, Jesse Stone, in Killing the Blues. Jesse has to deal with a series of car thefts in his bailiwick of Paradise, Massachusetts; murder; the release from prison of a psychopath bent on wreaking his revenge on Jesse; and the old temptations of the bottle. The dialog is not quite as sassy as we came to expect of Parker (who died in 2010), but Brandman handles a complicated plot line at least as well as the originator of the series. This was an enjoyable, easy read that I devoured in one sitting.

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1 vote nbmars | Feb 13, 2014 |
Always a pleasure. The Boston connection is always interesting. ( )
  gwasher | Oct 10, 2013 |
I always liked the Jesse Stone series better than Parker's Spenser novels. After his death, the series has apparently been taken over by Michael Brandman, and it's been a disappointment. He's tried to capture the staccato cadence of Parker's books and succeeded to some extent, but Stone has lost all subtlety and he's not as interesting a character. Meld that with several irrelevant side-plots that muddy things (cat, bullying, personal vendetta, another real estate agent squeeze, etc.) and one wonders where things are going. Brandman is just trying to hard to add the pop-psychology crap that irritated me in the Spenser novels, and we are expected to believe that Jesse Stone lecturing a group of girls on their bad behavior will immediately reform them. Then he lectures the principal of the school in a silly diatribe. Molly and Suit disappear into the muck whereas in the real Stone books they were developing into interesting characters.

Oh well. Robert Parker should be left to rest in peace. The idea that anyone could simply pick up and continue a series demeans the author's craft. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
We may not have gotten the book if we had realized that Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues wasn't really Robert B. Parker's. Mr. Brandman captures the style of the Jesse Stone books very well, but, if the book were a painting, it felt like a good counterfeit, not an original. There are several plot lines, many having to do with redemption or the lack thereof. Thanks to Jesse's interference in their lives, some of the people who have done wrong change their ways and become better people. Others do not. ( )
  raizel | Jul 25, 2013 |
I miss Parker's writings and Brandman is definitely not Robert B. Parker but I hesitate to find any fault with this book instead I view it kind of like holidays with your parents....it's not the best time you'll ever have but it's warm and it's home.
If you like the other Jesse Stone books then you will love this one.
If you've never read any other Jesse Stone books then don't start with this one (the one's written by Parker are much better). ( )
1 vote ferrisscottr | Jun 18, 2013 |
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For Joanna.....who makes everything possible.....and for Bob.
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Coffee was the only thing on Jesse Stone's mind when he entered the Paradise police station on a bright New England spring morning.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399157840, Hardcover)

Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone returns in a brilliant new addition to the New York Times-bestselling series.

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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Massachusetts police chief Jesse Stone's investigation of a violent series of car thefts is complicated by political pressures, the summer tourist season, and the questionable goals of an ambitious PR executive.

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