"Coleman keeps the characters and the somber atmosphere but makes the book his own stylistically." --Booklist
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.
Shamus Award winner Coleman, best known for his Moe Prager series (The Hollow Girl, etc.), successfully emulates the tone and style of the late Robert B. Parker's nine Jesse Stone novels, though readers should be prepared for a cookie-cutter crime thriller with some additional backstory. Stone once hoped to play major league baseball until an accident ended his dream. Now Vic Prado, the Triple-A teammate whose throw led to Stone's injuries, has convened a team reunion in New York City. Stone is disturbed to hear that Prado may have made the throw on purpose, but before he can probe the truth of that claim, he must rush home to Paradise, Mass., where a gunman has abducted Benjamin Salter, a wealthy college kid, and shot the boy's girlfriend. Stone takes the law into his own hands as necessary, but is surprisingly blas when a bad decision leads to a serious assault.
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You might miss Parker's terser prose and wit but Coleman brings more life to Stone, the characters in Paradise and the plot lines than we've ever seen before. I'll be looking forward to more from this author.
Missed the mark
I’ve read every Jesse Stone book up to this book “The Blind Spot”. This author is a big disappointment. This was a new, very different & disappointing Jesse Stone character. I’ve never put down a Jesse Stone book without finishing it - this book I could not get passed the 18th chapter. If you’re a true Jesse Stone fan I would not and can not recommend this book. Unfortunate for me is I’ve purchased three more Jesse Stone novels by this very author with no way to return the books and get my money back. I’m hoping that Parker’s estate reads these reviews and reconsider allowing this author to write for them again.
I’ve read every novel on Parker’s characters; Spenser, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randle, and never been disappointed. (I’ve never read his western & young readers books) Other authors have done, at minimum, a fair job of carrying on these wonderful Parker characters. True Parker fans know very well that no author can fill Parker’s shoes - this author is a big disappointment.
Kept my interest
And that's hard to do when writing about the complicated Jesse Stone