It’s tourist season in Paradise, Massachusetts. With it comes a baffling and violent crime wave that has residents on edge. It’s also brought a mysterious figure who’s stirring up troubling memories for Chief of Police Jesse Stone—especially when it appears the stranger is out for revenge.
Brandman, who collaborated with Robert B. Parker (1932 2010) on TV adaptations of his work, perfectly reproduces Parker's style in this impressive continuation of his series featuring Paradise, Mass., police chief Jesse Stone. A series of auto thefts is plaguing the small Massachusetts town just as the profitable summer tourist season is about to kick off. More alarmingly, Stone's former boss with the LAPD, Captain Cronjager, phones to warn him that a criminal Stone once roughed up "pretty good," Rollo Nurse, has been paroled from California's Lompoc prison due to budget cuts and may come gunning for him. The ending may tie up loose ends a little too neatly, and Stone is a bit slow off the mark with one of his professional challenges, but as with the originals, the pleasure lies more in the easy, banter-filled writing, balanced with the lead's apparently limitless compassion, informed by bitter experience, than in the plot itself.
Parker's people live on!
Great story! Excellent writing style and in the spirit of Robert, a friend of mine. I'm glad they are coming alive again!
I had been despondent since the passing last year of Robert Parker- and that loss was magnified by the knowledge that we were losing not only him, but all his great characters: Spenser, Sonny, Jesse .....
But take heart: Robert B Parker's Killing the Blues is a novel Parker would be proud of and the fans of Paradise will embrace like a home coming.....I did! Good story line and dialog feels like home....,I eagerly await the next!
Brandman's Done It!
I purchased "Killing the Blues" with some trepidation. I have been a great admirer of Robert B. Parker's writing for many years. His writing style, his characters, and their development have always been enjoyable to me. I was greatly saddened by his passing and thought that was the last I'd see of the writing I so much enjoy.
But, I have just now finished "Killing the Blues", written by Mr. Brandman, and like all of Parker's novels, I could not put it down. He has captured Jesse Stone's persona perfectly, plus Molly, Suitcase, and other recurring characters. I hope that this new novel will be the beginning of a continuation of the writing style of one of America's greatest mystery writers.
Thank you so very much!
Altamonte Springs, FL