Police chief Jesse Stone returns in the newest novel in Robert B. Parker's New York Times--bestselling series, and his newest case hits right at the heart of the Paradise police force.
Jesse Stone is back on the job after a stint in rehab, and the road to recovery is immediately made bumpy by a series of disturbing and apparently racially motivated crimes, beginning with the murder of an African American woman. Then, Jesse's own deputy Alisha--the first black woman hired by the Paradise police force--becomes the target of a sophisticated frame-up. As he and his team work tirelessly to unravel the truth, he has to wonder if this is just one part of an even grander plot, one with an end game more destructive than any of them can imagine.
At the same time, a mysterious young man named Cole Slayton rolls into town with a chip on his shoulder and a problem with authority--namely, Jesse. Yet, something about the angry twenty-something appeals to Jesse, and he takes Cole under his wing. But there's more to him than meets the eye, and his secrets might change Jesse's life forever.
Edgar-finalist Coleman's superior fifth Jesse Stone novel (after 2017's The Hangman's Sonnet) finds the police chief of Paradise, Mass., back on duty after two months in rehab to try to stay sober. His return coincides with a series of hate crimes, starting with the vicious beating of an African-American woman, Felicity Wileford. That her attacker wrote the word slut on her belly in lipstick suggests a connection with the first murder Stone ever handled in Paradise. A cross burning on the lawn of a mixed-race couple follows, and a group calling itself the Saviors of Society circulates flyers calling for Paradise's citizens to revolt and take back their community from the pernicious forces that have invaded it. The situation gets even more flammable when one of Stone's officers, Alisha Davis, who's African-American, guns down an apparently unarmed white man. Coleman makes the impact of these events on individuals palpable, giving this nuanced entry more emotional weight than most Spenser books. Author tour.
Very good, but unusual plots. Complex intrigues and twists, but very entertaining. Not a book to be read quickly, but certainly worth the effort to stick with.
As an avid devotee of Robert B. Parker I can’t imagine anyone taking his place. But Reed Coleman comes as close as I’ve ever seen. This book drew me in just like the originals. Mr. Coleman is proving to be an excellent “Parker-style” storyteller. I look forward to his next offering.
A racial primer
Robert Parker wrote wonderfully cryptic mysteries.
Cole writes lessons. This book was disappointing and unnecessary other than to blandly waste paper, and this reader’s time and money.