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Storm Peak (Jesse Parker Mystery #1)

3.16  ·  Rating Details ·  196 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
The debut of a brand-new mystery series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Ranger's Apprentice novels.

Ex-Denver police detective Jesse Parker has returned home to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to spend the winter working ski patrol and forgetting about his past. But a killer has other ideas. It begins when a skier is found brutally murdered. Local Sheriff
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2009)
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Feb 09, 2011 Sonja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is just as good as his Ranger's Apprentice series, which may be my favorite of all time. However, I felt that he overcompensated with the "adult" part of the novel. It was as if, since he was not writing a young adult novel, he used every curse word and sexual situation that he possibly could. I felt all of that detracted from the story, which I really enjoyed. I would like to read more, but I don't want to have to wade through the extra crap.
Jake B
Jan 17, 2014 Jake B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to fight a passion. Trying to stop doing something you love to do is one of the hardest things one could do. No matter if you have had wonderful times doing it to terrible memories from it, you still love following your passion. Jesse Parker, the main character in Storm Peak, by John Flanagan, shows that one will always go back to their passion no matter how hard they try not to follow it anymore. Jesse shows this by moving away from where his terrible memories are from and by being a ...more
Jun 01, 2014 Courtney rated it liked it
I checked out my first batch of summer reading material from the library and started out with this one....

+/- The first 2/3 of the book was awesome. I couldn't put it down and was totally hooked on what was going to happen next. Unfortunately, the last third of the story slowed wayyy down and the action and suspense thinned out considerably. It was disappointing for sure, but still a good story line.
+/- I liked the ending overall, but did feel it could have been drawn out a little more. It was a
May 25, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are never enough new crime fiction writers and/or novels in Australia every year (okay so I'm greedy!), but there are certainly never enough quite as good as STORM PEAK which is John A Flanagan's first crime fiction novel, and I'm certainly cheering for more.

STORM PEAK is set in Colorado in the US, and I hope a reader would be hard-pressed to pick that the setting isn't the author's own, except perhaps for the use of the much beloved u (in spelling). Setting away from the author's home bas
I gave it three stars because Flanagan writes well, and I mostly enjoyed the book, but not quite as much as I feel I should have.

A serial killer is stalking the skiing town of Steamboat Springs, and Jesse Parker, a new deputy, and his boss, the female sheriff, have to stop him. They also have a personal history they need to deal with. And I know it's just me, but I get tired of reading sections from the killer's point of view, so that's one reason I didn't rate it higher.

Although I did not disli
Michael Win
Storm Peak by John Flanagan is a story that follows the path of two officers trying to track down a dangerous killer who leaves no clues except those he wants to be left behind. The main character is an Ex-Denver police detective Jessie Parker. He is back home in Colorado to spend the winter working on a ski patrol team and mostly just trying to lay low. The other character that occurs the most throughout the story is his partner Lee Torrens. She is an old flame of his who asks for his help on t ...more
Rennie Heza
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May 19, 2015 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I do quite like my crime investigators to have some romantic interest and so this book did tick a couple of boxes but I wasn't sure if it made the character likeable, I found him a bit weak. The murderer's motive was a bit thin to say the least, not very believable in my opinion, but overall I enjoyed the combination of characters and storyline and found it a good quick read. I would read more of this series.
Jan 27, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it
I liked this book. I liked both Sheriff Lee Torrens and Deputy Jesse Parker. She's a sharpshooter and a good sheriff and he is an ex-Denver cop who comes back to his boyhood home. There is romance, along with solving a serial murderer in Steamboat Springs, CO.
Mar 12, 2011 Sharonm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of Jesse Parker mysteries set in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Get writing, Mr. Flanagan; I want the next one! The locale was a real plus for me, since I'm moving there in a couple of months. But it was a great book even without that connection. The two main characters -- the female sheriff Lee and the male ex-cop Jesse -- were extremely well written. The descriptions were so well done that I feel as though I was watching a movie as I was reading. The only thing that keeps this from being a ...more
Aug 14, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Avalanche Pass, I had to go back and read Storm Peak, the first book involving the main character Jesse Parker. The plot is great and, once you start reading the book, you can’t put it down. I don't understand how some people gave this three stars. It was a great book.

Jesse has returned from Denver after his partner is killed during a gun battle while awaiting backup. Jesse swore he would not get back into law enforcement but when murders start in Steamboat Springs, Sheriff Lee Tor
The Cats Mother
Decidedly average thriller, about a serial killer targeting a small ski resort in Colorado for fairly banal reasons. The sheriff asks her friend and childhood sweetheart, an ex-policeman who has retreated home to the mountain after blaming himself for the death of his partner, to join the investigation. Unfortunately he's a complete dickhead, who first sleeps with her, then goes back to his ex, then agonises over which to choose while missing obvious clues and making stupid mistakes that lead to ...more
Not one of my favorite genres but a pretty good read. Interesting because it was set in a ski resort town and I know nothing about skiing and the lifestyle but I do know about tourism and how it can be affected by circumstances beyond the control of those depending on it for a livelihood. The plot moves quickly and I liked the characters. Nice to see a strong woman character in a position of authority as sheriff and appealing that she had human weaknesses like the rest of us. The main character, ...more
Dawn Leitheuser
It took me a little bit to get into it, bur once the story started catching me I was all in. Jesse and Lee are a great pair to have.
Feb 18, 2014 Natalie rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. This was the first in a series of two books so far that I have both of. I won book two but picked up book one since I like to read series in order. If you like adventures this is a good one
for you to try! Will be starting book two soon!
Nov 15, 2011 Hayley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Love the Ranger's Apprentice series, but this book lacked the creative genius that Flanagan presents in his YA books. The mystery was basically devoid of suspense, surprise, and even good writing (all things I was very surprised by). The protagonist, Jesse, was boring and kind of a jerk, in my opinion. The only reason I kept reading was because I liked the setting- having spent my whole life in small Colorado ski towns, the fact that this mystery was set in Steamboat Springs caught my attention. ...more
Jacqui Gordon
May 22, 2011 Jacqui Gordon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This book was written by John A. Flanagan who wrote the Ranger's Apprentice series for teenagers. So I knew it would be a well-written story, good character development and plenty of action - and I wasn't disappointed! Jesse Parker is an ex policeman who after losing his partner in a shooting gone wrong has returned to Colorado to work the ski patrol and take a break. The local sheriff asks Jesse to help out with a murder investigation of a serial killer who is stalking the town. I couldn't figu ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Boyd rated it liked it
An adult mystery by one of my favorite ya authors. I can't believe John Flanagan of Ranger's Apprentice wrote this.
Lydia Kass
Serial killer on the loose in a mountain resort. Jesse Parker must decide between his news reporter ex and his friend he grew up with, who is now Sheriff.
Janelle Green
It was an OK read but not a book that couldn't be put down. Had a few twists and turns which was good.
Read this a while back while I was living in Steamboat Springs, so it was pretty cool to be able to visit the exact locations the author was talking about in the story while I was reading. However, maybe it's because the mystery genre isn't exactly my thing (I've stuck with the classics and that's about it) I found the plot fairly dull, and frankly most of the characters were dull and one-dimensional. A nice read, especially for visitors to Steamboat, but I can't say I'd consider it essential my ...more
Kate Forsyth
This is an intriguing murder mystery set at Steamboat Springs, Colorado, featuring a serial killer who takes pleasure in killing right under the noses of the local police. Lee Torrens, the sheriff of Steamboat Springs, asks her old friend and ex-lover Jesse Parker to help her, for he was used to work as a detective in Denver, having given up police work with the death of his partner. Matters are complicated by the arrival of Jesse’s ex-wife and the fanning of the embers of old feelings between L ...more
Jul 05, 2012 Lbd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I really enjoyed the "Ranger's Apprentice" series and was hoping Flanagan's move to adult mystery/thriller would fill the void. Storm Peak was a good read, not the best; but as any first in a series (as in Character use), a lot of development had to be made. The premise was good, and lots of twists and turns. However, it seemed to drag on waiting for someone to get a job done so the plot could move on. I hope the next Jesse Parker novel will be more to my expectations.
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Fredrick Danysh
Jesse Parker was a police detective in Denver when he fatally shot his partner during a drug bust gone bad. Now two years later he is in Steamboat Springs vowing to never be a cop again and divorced. When a serial killer starts murdering on the ski slopes the sheriff, a childhood girlfriend, asks him to wear a badge and help catch the killer. His ex-wife comes to town to report on the case. Contains explicit sex.
Feb 27, 2011 Judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Can you say shallow? I picked this book up because I was interested in how the author would use Steamboat as a setting. The copyright is 2009, but the locations are already dated. Guess that's part of life in Ski Town USA. Anyway, I've read children's books with more depth and meaning. Not a book I'd recommend.
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Mar 20, 2010 Mandi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love cheesy thrillers, but this one didn't cut it for me. Being from Colorado, I think I was actually offended by the author's portrayal of Coloradans as simple-minded, hick-talking mountain people. I would have overlooked that piece, but the plot and movement of the story were just kind of silly.
Oct 06, 2013 Rachele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book. The setting was described perfectly, and I could almost imagine skiing in the mountain or riding the gondola. The story arc took a little longer to arrive than I'd anticipated. Overall, I really enjoyed this Book. I would definitely read another book by this author!
Well, I hope John Flanagan's Rangers Apprentice books are better than his serial-killer-on-the-mountain ones.... reasonably good climax on this one, but an awful lot of emotional angst from the protagonist that I could have lived without.
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