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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The last 30 secs are 'to be continued'
I really enjoy the Jesse Stone novels by Robert B Parker, the new novels by Michael Brandman were written in Parker's style and are also fabulous. Unfortunately Reed Farrel Coleman uses the characters but not in the style of Robert B Parker. This is a big disappointment. This Jesse Stone is not the same Jesse Stone as portrayed in the books by Robert B Parker and Michael Brandman. In addition, the story has some sadistic parts which stick in the memory unpleasantly, something which is absent from the works of Robert B Parker (and from both Michael Brandman and Ace Atkins). Very disappointed.
In addition, this is actually the first novel of a multipart story, the last 30 seconds of the audio recording are the equivalent of the "to be continued ..." screen on a TV show. This is also very different to the Robert B Parker novels which are all self-contained stories.
Nothing wrong with the narrator, in fact, the narration was really good, it's the content that is the problem.
Disappointment because the Jesse Stone novels by Robert B Parker and Michael Brandman are very good, and this one is very different, I feel a cheated. I am also a bit upset that this novel leaves unpleasant gruesome images in my memory which I did not want. I liked the previous novels because they are subtle and character-based, psychological thrillers without the need for horrific or gruesome detail descriptions.
I just wish that Michael Brandman had continued to write the Jesse Stone sequels.
Not Up To Parker's Usual Standard