A Jesse Stone Novel
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Coffee was the only thing on Jesse Stone’s mind when he entered the Paradise police station on a bright New England spring morning.
His first stop was usually the coffeemaker. But when he saw what was happening in front of Suitcase Simpson’s desk, which was located across the aisle from the kitchen area, he headed for his office.
A man and a woman, middle-aged, expensively dressed, and handsomely coiffed, were arguing loudly with Suitcase. The man was irate. His face was beet-red, and the woman was obviously concerned for him.
“Molly,” he said, “what’s going on?”
She followed him into his office.
“Tourists. Missing vehicle. They exited the turnpike at Para¬dise Road, looking for a place to have breakfast. They discovered Daisy’s. Sometime while they were eating, their car disappeared. Late-model Honda Civic.”
“What’s with the yelling,” Jesse said.
“They believe the car was towed.”
“And they think we towed it?”
“Yes. Because it was parked illegally.”
“You mean they didn’t park in Daisy’s lot?”
“And did they say why they didn’t park in Daisy’s lot?”
“When they chose Daisy’s, they weren’t certain they were gonna like it. So they parked on the street. In a red zone. When they decided it was okay, they never went back to move the car.”
“And that’s why they think it was towed?”
“Rich is checking on that as we speak.”
“Molly, can I ask you a question?”
“Since when do you need permission to ask me a question,” she said.
“May I have a cup of coffee, please?”
“You may. There’s some fresh.”
“I know. I can smell it.”
“Do you want me to wait here while you get it?”
“I want you to get it for me.”
“You want me to get coffee for you?”
She gave him the look.
“I don’t want to have to deal with those people just yet,” Jesse said.
“Because I’m the decider, and I have decided that I don’t want to deal with those people just yet. Will you please get me a cup of coffee?”
“You’re gonna owe me for this, Jesse,” Molly said, as she left the office.
It’s never easy, Jesse thought.
Molly returned with the coffee, followed by Suitcase and the couple from the hall.
“They wanted to speak with you directly,” Molly said, as she handed Jesse the cup.
The couple pushed past Molly and stood directly in front of Jesse’s desk.
“What are you doing about our car,” the man said. “Jesse Stone,” Jesse said. “I’m the chief of police here.”
“Norman Steinberg,” the man said. “My wife, Linda. We want to know what you’re doing about our car.”
“Suit,” Jesse said. “What have we learned from Bauer?”
“He’s at Smitty’s Towing now, Jesse,” Suitcase said. “And?”
“He hasn’t located it.”
“You mean it’s not there?”
“Looks like it, Jesse.”
“Could it be possible that the car was stolen?” Jesse said. The phone rang, and Molly answered it.
“It’s Bauer,” she said to Jesse. “He wants to talk to you.” Jesse picked up the phone.
“What have we got, Rich,” he said.
Copyright © 2011 by The Estate of Robert B. Parker
Other than Robert B. Parker himself, award-winning producer Michael Brandman knows Jesse Stone better than anyone else. Who, besides Parker’s collaborator on more than a dozen films—including the Jesse Stone TV movies broadcast on CBS—is more prepared to carry this iconic series into the future? With the blessing of Parker’s estate, Brandman brilliantly captures the persona of police chief Jesse Stone in his first novel of the New York Times bestselling series—Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues.
As Paradise, Massachusetts, prepares for the summer tourist season, a string of car thefts upsets the peace of the usually quiet town. In a sudden escalation of violence, the thefts become murder, and Jesse Stone finds himself facing one of the toughest cases of his career. Between pressure from town politicians as another crime wave strikes and a burgeoning relationship with a young PR exec who plans to turn Paradise into a summertime arts destination, Jesse’s feeling the heat.
When a mysterious figure from Jesse’s past arrives in town, memories of his last troubled days as a cop in L.A. threaten his ability to keep order in Paradise—especially when it appears that the stranger is out for revenge.
Hardcover Book : 288 pages
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group/Member, Penguin Putnam ( September 13, 2011 )
Item #: 13-443627
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.65inches
Product Weight: 12.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I found the story interesting. I am very weary of Jessie's obsession with his ex wife and this story is starting to end that and I say bravo to that! I would rather see him with his dog than a cat....that was surprising. I enjoyed the book and would continue to read the series.
Reviewer: Barbara J
Was very disappointed in this book. It was slow moving, very interesting to find Jesse with a CAT! Don't believe that. Have several that I haven't read, really not too excited to read them after KTB. Where is Tom during all this?
Reviewer: Mary W
Michael Brandman should stick with the minimalist dialogue of screenplays, although heaven knows his last effort to broadcast the Jesse Stone series with co-executive producer and star Tom Sellick was so boring I fell asleep. I can't imagine why anyone would allow this guy to carry on the series. There's no Robert B. Parker here. There's just Bland, sorry, I meant Brandman.
Reviewer: Beverlee H
I was looking forward to finding an author to 'replace' Robert Parker'. Brandman tried too hard. Effectively ending Jenn was good, but rather abrupt. Sunny seems to be cut out also. There were too many situations that got solved in the last few pages that did not seem to come to a logical conclusion. Why was Jesse the be all and end all answer to teen problems, crook wanting to go straight, etc. I guess it was all superficial...and I've been spoiled by all of Parker,s characters. I will buy one more to find out if Brandman adjusts his style...or gets his own.
Reviewer: Richard H