Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay
In this brilliant novel in Robert B. Parker's New York Times bestselling series, police chief Jesse Stone faces a ruthless hit man.
All is quiet in Paradise, except for a spate of innocuous vandalism. Good thing, too, because Jesse Stone is preoccupied with the women in his life, both past and present. As his ex-wife Jenn is about to marry a Dallas real-estate tycoon, Jesse isn't too sure his relationship with former FBI agent Diana Evans is built to last. But those concerns get put on the back burner when a major Boston crime boss is brutally murdered. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Jesse suspects it's the work of Mr. Peepers, a psychotic assassin who has caused trouble for Jesse in the past.
Peepers has long promised revenge against the mob, Jesse, and Suit for their roles in foiling one of his hits—and against Jenn as well. And though Jesse and Jenn have long parted ways, Jesse still feels responsible for her safety. Jesse and Diana head to Dallas for the wedding and, along with the tycoon's security team, try to stop Peepers before the bill comes due. With Peepers toying with the authorities as to when and where he'll strike, Jesse is up against the wall. Still, there's a debt to pay and blood to be spilled to satisfy it. But whose blood, and just how much?
Coleman isn't afraid to alter the status quo in his taut third continuation of Parker's series featuring small-town police chief Jesse Stone (after 2015's The Devil Wins). Jesse, who rebounded from losing his job with the LAPD because of his alcoholism, has found a comfortable landing spot in Paradise, Mass., and has reached the point where he feels confident that he can remain sober. But that resolve is tested by two intertwined developments that challenge his personal and professional life. His ex-wife, Jenn, is about to get married, and Jesse, who has found a new love in ex-FBI agent Diana Evans, hopes the ceremony will give him closure for a difficult relationship. And the man known as Mr. Peepers, "part serial killer, part assassin, part terrorist," has resurfaced to torment Jesse. Mr. Peepers's threat to murder Jenn sets up a complex cat and mouse game that will keep readers turning pages en route to an appropriate conclusion, which offers numerous possibilities for the next book.
Did Not Disappoint
I sat for hours at a time reading this book, spellbound by the suspense, building to the bitter end. Bravo.
Debt to pay
Not really up to Parker/Stone standards. Overly complex and complicated. Mostly not believable in any sense of reality. A far cry from the usual Parkeresque plotting and action.
Probably the best of the Parker writers. Good story. Has the characters down pat. Not quite the flavor of Parker but pretty darn good.