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Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot by Reed Farrel…
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This is the first of Coleman's contributions to the Jesse Stone franchise. He made no attempt to emulate Parker's writing style, and this story is somewhat richer and more complex---certainly less dialog-driven---than either Parker or Brandman's were, but his Jesse is authentic. In Blind Spot, Jesse faces some very old demons---the loss of his baseball career and the girl he thought might be "the One" before an injury robbed him of the future he had planned. Lots of interesting characters here, a potential recurring love interest, and an alarming loose end that will lead us all by the nose into the next installment.
November 2016 ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Jun 2, 2017 |
AUTHOR: Coleman, Reed Farrel
TITLE: Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot
DATE READ: 01/27/16
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Crime Fiction / 2014 / Putnam / 339 pgs
SERIES/STAND-ALONE: # 13 Jesse Stone
CHARACTERS Jesse Stone/ Police Chief of Paradise, MA
TIME/PLACE: Present, Paradise, MA
FIRST LINES There was no taking it back now, no do-overs. Never. He had said yes, so he was going.
COMMENTS: This is my 1st Jesse Stone and I want to read the rest of the stories. I have read some (need to catch up ) of the Spenser books and was very pleased w/ Reed Farrel Coleman continuing Robert B Parker's series … but expected to be since I've not read a book of his that isn't well done. In this outing Jesse travels down to Boston for a reunion -- the gathering is for guys from his Triple A team. An injury cut his baseball short & he never made it to the majors. This reunion is put together by his former roommate who did go on to the majors and also married Jessie's old girlfriend. Jessie has to leave Boston because of a murder of an 18 yr old college girl at the home of a prominent Paradise citizen and also the kidnapping of the youngest son. There is a link between the baseball reunion and these crimes… ( )
  pammykn | Jan 30, 2016 |
Much Better. Michael Branden was a poor choice to continue writing the Jesse Stone novels. We're finally given a bit of a background reason for Molly's sudden switch from completely loving and playful banter to the somewhat coldhearted person she is in the branden books.

While this piece of Jesse does feel more like Jesse back in book 2 or three, you can see why these particular events might have thrown him for quite a bit of loop.

I'm interested in seeing what happens the next book, but I'm sure quite a few fans will be lost with whatever will happen next with Jen. I also didn't care for Coleman just tossing out the cat that Brandman gave him...Jesse needed something else. All of the baseball references in this book were needed...and it really felt like all of that was missing in Brandman's sets. It was also nice to see Dix come back and Healy acting a lot more like Parker's Healy.
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  Schlyne | Nov 12, 2015 |
Not as good as the Jesse Stone novels by Michael Blandman, but I did like it and will continue to read Reed Farrel Coleman's effort at RBP's Stone. ( )
  JLNolan | Oct 26, 2015 |
This book is way to wordy and doesn't have the snappy dialog I grown accustomed to reading in Parkers books. At least in Blind Spot, Coleman does not carry the Jesse Stone tradition on as well as Ace Adkins does in the Spenser books. This was a disappointed read. ( )
  lewilliams | Oct 16, 2015 |
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Police Chief Jesse Stone is back in the remarkable new installment of the New York Times–bestselling series.
It’s been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and still longer since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a major league baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team at a hip New York city hotel, he is forced to grapple with his memories and regrets over what might have been.

Jesse left more behind him than unresolved feelings about the play that ended his baseball career. The darkly sensuous Kayla, his former girlfriend and current wife of an old teammate is there in New York, too. As is Kayla’s friend, Dee, an otherworldly beauty with secret regrets of her own. But Jesse’s time at the reunion is cut short when, in Paradise, a young woman is found murdered and her boyfriend, a son of one of the town’s most prominent families, is missing and presumed kidnapped.

Though seemingly coincidental, there is a connection between the reunion and the crimes back in Paradise. As Jesse, Molly, and Suit hunt for the killer and for the missing son, it becomes clear that one of Jesse’s old teammates is intimately involved in the crimes. That there are deadly forces working below the surface and just beyond the edge of their vision. Sometimes, that’s where the danger comes from, and where real evil lurks. Not out in the light—but in your blind spot.      

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"Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone investigates the murder of a young woman and the kidnapping of a young man from a wealthy family, only to find connections to his own troubled past"--

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