Night Passage (Jesse Stone, #1)
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Night Passage (Jesse Stone #1)

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ebook, 416 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Berkley Books (first published 1997)
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Jim
I've seen one of these books as a movie with Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone. Seems a good fit. I'm listening to this read by Richard Masur. He has some emotion & does different voices for the characters. Might be a bit over the top, but far better than the last book I listened to where the tone of both the book & the reader was a monotone. (Cop Hater by Ed McBain read by Paul Shay. My review is here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...)

The story was fairly low key, but with some outstan...more
Bill  Kerwin

I never bothered to read any of the Jesse Stone novels as long as I had a new Spenser by Parker to look forward to, but now that Parker has passed on, I decided to no longer leave the first Stone unturned. I was pleased. I like the fact that Parker chose to write about a character much different from Spenser and yet much the same. Stone is strong, upright and truthful and adheres to his own code--just like Spenser and all the other figures in the detective/knight errant tradition--but Stone is m...more
María
Although I sort of enjoyed this book... I don't think I'll continue reading the series. It seemed that it took several pages to explain an event that could have occured in a couple of pages. So, I didn't like the lengthy repetitive descriptions of "everything and anything".
Mike Jensen
Parker's voice seems so strange in the third person, and he had not mastered it when writing this book. It was probably a wise choice, though, so that this series would not sound like his Spenser books. The story seems a trifle unimportat and the familiar Parker obsession with his real-life wife worked out in fictional form overwhelms the actual plot. In other words, there is a lot to complain about, but observing these things is an interesting exercise in itself. The result is that I received t...more
Christine
We have all Jessie Stone movies in our Netflix list coming in a few weeks, so I thought I'd give it a try and read the books first.
Last week on Wednesday we went to the public library and I was thrilled that I found all 6 books about Jessie Stone by Robert B. Parker.

I intended to read them in chronological order to get more out of the movies with Tom Selleck.
When I started reading "Night Passage", it was not bad at first, but it became more and more boring as I continued.

The book has way too muc...more
Laura
Robert Parker writes with a short concise style moving rather abruptly from one scene to another. Events and characters seem a bit random and choppy at first and then everything converges quite nicely towards the end. It’s a style that might irritate some, but it kept me curious. I had to keep going … I had to find the connection.

I liked the main character, Jesse - he's a flawed down-and-out type who is barely keeping it together (a tough guy with a broken heart - the best kind of hero). He has...more
Don
Good, fast read. Very Parker. Sexual prowess of actors in direct proportion to good-guy-bad-guy roles. Jesse Stone is a John Wayne Quiet Man -- strong, stoic. Mantra, "Never got in trouble for saying too little," but sensitive, forgiving of ex-wife's affairs, direct and honest in relationships, especially with young-cop Suit and drop-out Molly, are affecting. Jesse gradually evolves from alcoholic dependence to self-control as he works through the challenges of his new job. Comes about too easil...more
David
My mother started watching the Jesse Stone TV movies with Tom Selleck and liked them so much she bought them on DVD. After she kept talking about how good they were, I decided to see what the books were like before watching the first movie with her. I'm glad I did. The movies were good, but the books were better!

I love Parker's no-nonsense style of writing. He doesn't use a lot of description, which is fine with me. It makes the book move very quickly.

Jesse Stone is a great character! He doesn't...more
Pat
After a busted marriage kicks his drinking problem into overdrive and the LAPD unceremoniously dumps him, the thirty-five-year-old Jesse Stone's future looks bleak. So he's shocked when a small Massachusetts town called Paradise recruits him as police chief. He can't help wondering if this job is a genuine chance to start over, the kind of offer he can't refuse.

Once on board, Jesse doesn't have to look for trouble in Paradise: it comes to him. For what is on the surface a quiet New England commu...more
LJ
NIGHT PASSAGE - Ex
Parker, Robert B. - 1st Jesse Stone

After being kicked out of the LAPD, Jesse Stone's future looks bleak, until he is given another chance as the police chief in a small New England town. However, the town turns out to be rife with homicides, maddened militiamen and crazed psychopaths.

The first of a new series from Parker. The macho-ness tempered by humor is there and it's nice to have a new character. In this, we have an ex-wife, rather than a Susan. Loved it.
Dyana
I like the Jesse Stone made-for-TV movies so I decided to read the series (the book is, of course, much better). Tom Selleck is perfect as Jesse Stone but much older than Jesse in the book.

Jesse Stone is newly divorced, has lost his job as a LAPD homicide detective due to an alcohol problem, and needs to find a new one far away from his ex-wife. When he is interviewed in a motel room by Hasty Hathaway, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen of Paradise, Massachusetts for the job of Police Chief Jess...more
Patrick
Parker keeps dialog crisp throughout, and his characters are believable. Phone calls between transplanted police chief Jesse Stone and his ex-wife are especially poignant, and the community-building aspects of police work get more attention here than in most other novels of the thriller genre, but a sub-plot having to do with citizen militias seems poorly developed to me.
Stephen Osborne
Really liked this one, a good start to a promising series. Nice to have a flawed main character from Parker for a change, and it was a welcome change to have it told in the 3rd person (not that I don't enjoy the world through Spenser's eyes, but this fit the story well). I also liked the crossover characters from the Spenser books. Good pace, great characters.
Kerrfunk
I picked this up because I was hungry for some cop thriller candy. I have read all of the Jack Reacher books, and most of the Pendergast books, and a year or two ago I read "Sixkill" by Robert B. Parker, featuring Officer Spenser. Sixkill was okay but didn't compel me to read more Parker, and I have forgotten it entirely. This book I liked, and I will pick up the next in the series.

Okay, "Night Passage" introduces Chief Jesse Stone, fired from LAPD for his drinking problem, hired by a New Englan...more
Steve
I stumbled on the whole Jesse Stone saga whilst flicking through the TV channels one night, not looking for anything in particular. But the slow ponderous style of Jesse Stone immediately grabbed my attention and now I am hooked. I made a mistake though, I saw the TV series before reading the books so when I came to read this book I was surprised and delighted at how much more depth to the story there is.

Don't get me wrong, Tom Sellecks's portrayal of Jesse Stone is perfect but the TV version di...more
Franklin Atherton
This is the first Jesse Stone novel. It went down pretty smooth. It's funny how many of the reviewers of this book were Spenser fans who grudgingly tried Jesse Stone as a Spenser substitute. I didn't read Robert Parker for about 30 years BECAUSE of Spenser. I found a poetry-spouting, intellectual boxer an implausible concept. Hawk should have been the main character in that series.

Jesse Stone represents a character created in the later years of Robert B. Parker's life, just like John Sandford's...more
Jerry
“Passage” is the debut entry in the Jesse Stone set of now a dozen novels. Here we learn about Jesse’s leaving Los Angeles for Paradise MA, where he’s been hired to be the new Chief of Police despite being somewhat “under the influence” at the interview. His breakup with wife Jenn is also explained, though they converse throughout the tale, to some extent wishing they were still together. Moreover, things are not so good at the new job, as the Selectmen that hired Jesse seem to be a bunch of cri...more
Sorcha
After a busted marriage kicks his drinking problems into overdrive and the LAPD unceremoniously dump him, 35-year-old Jesse Stone's future looks bleak. He is shocked, however, when a small Massachusetts town called Paradise hires him as their police chief. Once on board he doesn't have to look for trouble in Paradise - it comes to him. For what is on the surface a quiet New England community quickly proves to be a crucible of political and moral corruption - replete with triple homicide, tight B...more
Christopher Everest
This is a narrative, like much of Parker's writing, about character. About the formation of character. About the psychology of the individual and his role in society. Therefore it is a book that chronicles "civilisation" in its broadest sense. It is about Re-invention and dreams, about hope and survival, it is the beginning of the Jesse Stone series of books, and in certain respects it is born out of the completeness of the Spenser character in RBP's oeuvre. Jesse begins at the bottom. Fired fro...more
J.R.
Those of you who have read other reviews know that I stumbled upon an old tupperware tub in my house filled with old books belonging to myself and my husband. I have since read a few of Robert Parker's novels, and again, this is my first read of NIGHT PASSAGE.

Coming from Massachusetts, I love taking quick trips back home through Robert Parker's characters. And when I only have time for a few chapters, his writing works for me.

The problem with this book is that I expected more. I think that I hav...more
Mark
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Robert B Parker fans of Spencer/Sunny Randall/ Jesse Stone
Recommended to Mark by: the TV show did
This book is about the first appereance of Jesse Stone, drunk and former homicide detective from LA. In order to escape the ruins of his divorce, job and alcholism he applies for the job of Chief of police in Paradise Mass, on the other side of the continent. He is still unsure why he got the job but is gradualy finding out why since he started the work at Paradise. His curiosity for one is not the reason for him getting the job, the town elders perfered a lush. Or at least the unofficial power-...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I had forgotten how deliberate and gritty Robert B Parker’s books are. As with Spenser, he begins his Jesse Stone series with full disclosure of whom Stone is: a washed up homicide detective who has succumbed to Scotch. Standing on pier before daylight and a little drunk, 34 year-old Jesse Stone says goodbye to his old life. No job. No ring. Thanks to his drinking at the bust up of his marriage, LAPD is finished with him. So too is his ex-wife Jenn, who has moved on to an older film producer. Hi...more
John
Good introduction of a new character -- Stone's similar to Spenser in some ways, and diametrically opposed in others. I'm reminded a little bit of Terry Pratchett's Sam Vimes, actually, even down to the drinking problem. Said drinking problem is a little hard to buy: most of his drinking problems are in the past, and there are scenes where he over-indulges, but always in safe ways and never really to his detriment. I think Parker missed a lot of opportunities there.

Also unlike the Spenser storie...more
Barbara
My interest in this series was sparked by watching the Jesse Stone made-for-tv movies. I love the main character. He is a strong man but one who is reticent and deals with situations in a no-nonsense manner. He is a quietly caring man, one who does not jump to conclusions or judgement.
Although I have seen the movie which evolved from this book, I have long ago found that the movie doesn't always follow the book. I am glad I read this and found it just as enjoyabe as the movie but discovered ins...more
The Crime Scene Scene
Night Passage is the first novel in the Jesse Stone series by author Robert B Parker. Forced out of the LAPD because of his drinking, caused by his divorce cop Jesse Stone is forced to take a job as police chief in the town of Paradise, Massachusetts. Looking for a quiet life he soon realises that Paradise is not the easy small town that he hoped it would be. Instead it is full of corruption. The former police chief, forced out because he knew too much, is murdered and then a local woman is a al...more
Diane
Jesse Stone was an LA Detective but with his marraige crumbling, he has sunk into alcoholism and loses his job. He is a damaged soul and ends up taking a job as the sherriff in a little town in Paradise, Maine where he was hired by people hoping that his alcoholism would keep him pliable and controlable. Except Jesse ends up being a lot stronger and smarter than they expected and when he finds himself in a murder investigation, he's pretty sure he knows who did it. But how to prove it and who is...more
Kathy
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☆ Ruth ☆
Because I very much enjoyed the TV series, I decided I would like to read the books. I was surprised that there appear to be quite a few changes between what I've read so far and the TV series. With the best will in the world there's no way that Tom Sellick comes across as a thirty-five year old man! However, regardless of the differences I did like the first book in the set and will certainly read more. The character of Jesse Stone has enough depth to be interesting and I found it easy to empat...more
Sam
This is a rather enjoyable fast paced mystery thriller that takes the reader from the high crime of LA to the small town of Paradise, Massachusetts as we follow Jesse Stone as he tries to deal with his divorce and drinking problems by moving across the country to what seems to be a quiet little town where very little happens. He quickly realises however that there is a lot more going on in Paradise than first appears and the bodies quickly begin to stack up as he delves deeper and deeper into th...more
Thomas
Not a bad of a mystery read, I guess, but it wasn't all that amazing either. The story was predictable. Very western in its roots. Stone is the strong/quiet type with some emotional problems and a drinking habit, the same characterizations as every other stereotypical fiction cop ever. It was a decent quick read but I wont be continuing the series. I didn't particularly like the character and nothing really stood out in the story. I thought both were a bit boring, to be honest.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database named Robert B. Parker.
Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the late 1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced....more
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