Of all Robert Parker’s creations I like the Jesse Stone series the best. A couple of authors have attempted to continue the series, including Michael Brandman and now Reed Farrel Coleman, author of the Moe Prager series. I haven’t tried that series but will. I know some people disagree, but I think Coleman has better captured Jesse than Brandman. The interaction between Molly and Jesse is spot on.
We get a little more back story on what happened to Jesse in the minor leagues as he agrees to go to NY for a reunion with his old teammates at the invitation of Vic, the player who stole Kayla, Jesse’s girlfriend following his injury. Seems Vic needs Jesse’s help on a matter, but before he can reveal what it might be, Jesse has to return to Paradise where a girl has been murdered; one that involves Vic (perhaps a bit too coincidentally.) And the girl Vic had brought along as “entertainment” for Jesse turns out to be -- well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out.
The only thing I didn’t like much was the last couple of paragraphs. That kind of open-ended contrivance seems trite.
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