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When two cases collide, police chief Jesse Stone is caught in the middle in this New York Times bestseller.
Autumn in Paradise, Massachusetts, is usually idyllic. Not this time. A Hollywood movie company has come to town and brought troubled star Marisol Hinton—beautiful, talented, demanding, and scared out of her wits that her estranged husband's jealousy might take a violent turn. When she receives a death threat, Jesse and the Paradise police department go on high alert. But more lives are in danger than Jesse imagines—including his own.
Brandman once again smoothly channels Robert B. Parker (1932 2010) in his second Jesse Stone novel (after 2011's Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues), though Stone's muted reaction to several dramatic events will strike some readers as inappropriate. Stone, the police chief of usually tranquil Paradise, Mass., personally witnesses a near-fatal car accident caused by 17-year-old Courtney Cassiday texting while driving. When Courtney's powerful parents stymie his attempts to make serious charges against her stick, he stakes out the girl in the expectation that she'll break the law again. Meanwhile, several Paradise residents report falsely inflated charges on their water bills and violence threatens when a big-budget movie shoot comes to town, complete with a megastar who's afraid her estranged husband is out to kill her. More is less as the unrelated story lines compete with each other for depth, even if the larger-than-life lead is able to take them all in stride.