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Night Passage (1997)

by Robert B. Parker

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I read this after reading some later books and watching some of the television adaptations. So I was surprised by the actions of Hasty Hathaway and found his relationship with his ex-wife very familiar.

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" . . . knowing is always better than not knowing."
"Always?" Simpson said.
"I you're a cop," Jesse said, "always."
Simpson sat for a time thinking. Jesse knew he didn't believe it was always better to know. But he was getting older every minute, and Jesse knew he would believe it, if he stayed with the cops. [p. 211]

Jesse looked across the common some more at the fall foliage. What made the leaves of the hardwoods so bright, he realized, was the undertone of evergreens behind and between them. The turning trees were made more brilliant by the trees that didn't turn. Must be a philosophic point in there somewhere, Jesse thought. But none occurred. [p. 220] ( )
  raizel | Dec 6, 2016 |
Barely grabbed my attention. Shallow characters that I did not invest in emotionally. Simply "okay". ( )
  briellenadyne | Nov 23, 2016 |
Night Passage is the first in Robert B Parker's "Jesse Stone" series, set in the mythical town of Paradise, Massachusetts. As the story opens we find Jesse comptemplating the sorry mess that he's made of his life; his divorce (he still loves his wife which is evident through the next five or six books), his addiction to alcohol, his resignation from the police department. So he drives cross country to the tiny town of Paradise, Massachusetts. The drive takes quite a bit of book to tell. When he gets there, to be their new police chief, he finds a mess. White Supremacists, money laundering, lots of sex. And all through it, you get soap opera scenes of Jesse and his ex-wife Jenn who can't quite live together but can't quite leave each other either.

Jesse is vulnerable and he's not perfect but he is a delightful character. I love how he can solve cases but not have a clue about his own life. You will want at times to scream at him to stop and think about some of his personel dicissions and shaking the book won't help, I tried it.
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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
BOTTOM-LINE:
Decent start to a new Parker series
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
This is the first one in the Jesse Stone series. Jesse is a washed-up homicide detective from L.A. who climbed into a bottle and lost his wife to a L.A. player. But a small town in Massachusetts called Paradise recruits him as their new police chief...and Jesse jumps at it to save his own life.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Things are not as they appear in Paradise because the town leader has started his own little militia designed to fight back when the eventual downfall of America occurs. The previous chief of police has been sent packing and the town council wants someone they can control. Unfortunately, Jesse isn't it. The focus of this first story is on Jesse getting sober, finding out what really happened to the last chief, finding out what is going on in Paradise with the town leader, and when he has time, figuring out what's going on in his personal life. A refreshing change from the Spenser series because there is no Hawk and there is no Susan to back him up, there's just him.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
Vinnie and Joe from the Spenser series show up, but are more for comic relief than anything. Stone's ex-wife and new girlfriend are more co-dependant than helpful.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I was not personal friends with the author, nor did I follow him on social media. ( )
  polywogg | Apr 16, 2016 |
The first Jesse Stone novel - why he's in Paradise - and it's very good indeed. Parker is always great, and while Stone will never be Spenser, he's still (dark mean) streets ahead of everyone else. A pleasure. ( )
  AmberMcWilliams | Oct 2, 2015 |
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For Joan: Anywhere you are is Shangri-la.
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At the end of the continent, near the foot of Wilshire Boulevard, Jesse Stone stood and leaned on the railing in the darkness above the Santa Monica beach and stared at nothing, while below him the black ocean rolled away toward Japan.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0425183963, Mass Market Paperback)

Fans often feel uneasy when the creator of a popular character ventures into new turf, and sometimes their trepidation is justified. But readers of Robert B. Parker's immensely popular Spenser series can breathe a sigh of relief: while Night Passage doesn't feature Spenser, his usual gang of associates, or a Boston setting, it's vintage Parker--fast, witty, suspenseful, and engaging. Told in short, crisp chapters, it's the story of Jesse Stone, a 34-year-old ex-cop who just lost his L.A. policeman's job and his marriage due to a drinking problem. The book opens as Stone leaves California for his new job as chief of police in the picturesque town of Paradise, Massachusetts.

But Paradise isn't as placid as it seems--in fact, it's a festering mass of petty corruption, right-wing militia, sexual scandal, and bad guys who favor strong-arm tactics. Night Passage boasts a delicious, classic setup: the lone lawman, new in town, must make his stand to clean the place up. Stone has been picked for the job because the town fathers figured he'd be weak and malleable; as he gradually pulls himself together, it turns out they have a surprise in store. Stone's qualities may remind you of Spenser's--he's taciturn, fearless, good-looking, and compassionate--and in the end the plot's pleasing complexities get resolved a bit simply. But Robert B. Parker is in fine form in Night Passage, with his smart-aleck wit under control and his prose at its economical best. Spenser fans and Parker neophytes alike will find plenty to enjoy here. And the setting is, after all, not far from Boston--dare we hope for a Spenser-Stone meeting in future books?

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Fired from Los Angeles for drinking, Jesse Stone lands a job as police chief in a Massachusetts town whose leaders want a pushover. When a white supremacist militiaman tries murder, Stone surprises them.

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