I would have to say that Jesse Stone is one of my favorite fictional characters, not just of Parker’s, but of fictional characters in general. He is flawed, damaged goods and he knows it. Stone is in Paradise, Mass. to make things right, not just for the fair citizens of the town he is now responsible for, but himself as well. The thing about Robert Parker that is expected is his usual; there is a death and it’s not what it looks like. Jesse figures it out in the end. Simplistic yes, but the results are what make Parker such an amazing talent.
Being a fan and someone that has read all his work, one gets to understand his formula. You don’t care; the man can just flat out write a good novel each and every time. Stone Cold is no exception to this. It is a great novel whether this is your first Stone vehicle or you are following them in order. Jesse Stone, Suit, Molly and the rest of the regulars in Paradise are always worth the time and I always looked forward to each new adventure. I will miss the character, Stone and all his cohorts in crime solving in Paradise, Mass. If you haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying a Jesse Stone vehicle, either as a movie with Tom Selleck playing Jesse Stone or in the book form; start at the beginning. Enjoy the evolution of Stone, there are no disappointments to be had. The novels are a nice quick ride from cover to cover.
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