Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues (Jesse Stone #10)
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Author Brandon has worked in the worlds of Robert B. Parker for years now. He wrote some of the Spenser telemovies and recently on Tom Selleck's series of Jesse Stone films.
He's managed to capture Parker's style very easily in KILLING THE B ...more
Michael Brandman doesn't write like Parker. It is apparent that he has studied Parker's writing style, probably talked with others who knew him well and had worked with him (family, friends, editorial team, etc.). The result ...more
Jesse talks a little more; he actually sounds a bit more like Spenser. I thought the original character was too quiet, as Brandman apparently did. Parker also got ...more
I don't know if I'll bother with anymore if they come out.
If, like me, you are a long-time reader of the late, lamented Grand Master Parker, you will be rightly skeptical. The stylistic differences, coupled with clearly different skill-sets, will be off-putting. The choices Michael Brandman makes early in the book will drive you crazy. You might want to fling the book out a window, even.
If, however, y ...more
It is spring in Paradise, Massachusetts and at least some of the board of selectmen are still far more worried about the coming s ...more
Getting teenage girls who have bad problems to decide oh,we are doing something bad and wont again.
Getting someone you don't like knocked off.
Getting someone in the mob to suddenly decide to go straight because of the talk you give h ...more
This read much like Parker's Jesse Stone, with the short, to the point, and somewhat wise-guy dialog. He digs into Jesse's character flaws in the same manner as Parker, and works in the recurring characters like Lt. Healy, and the Boston Mass. area ...more
When I read that his work would be carried on, I was dubious, I'll admit it. But, so far, the successors seem to be doing well on the various series. I am amused that it's taking several different writers to equal Parker's output.
This is the continuation of the Jesse Stone series. ...more
Robert Parker's Jesse Stone novels never hit the true note that his Spenser novels reach. (Although Tom Selleck does greatly improve the Jesse Stone character in his TV series.)
Unfortunately, when Michael Brandman began ghost-writing for Parker, the Jesse Stone series deteriorated even more. Instead ...more
This book is a continuation of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone novels. Brandman, a friend of Parkers, was given permission by Parker's widow and encouraged by Parker's publisher to continue the series. The main story is a dark episode from the past haunts Jesse Stone and an up and coming mobster is threatening Paradise.
Brandman did a very good job emulating the repartee one expected from a Parker novel. The give and take between Spencer and Hawk were the defi ...more
Upon starting this novel, I was a little disappointed. It was a reminder that Parker is no longer alive, and no longer carrying on the Stone story; however, very soon it became clear that Brandman does get the character of Jesse Sto ...more
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.
'No one understands what makes Bob Parker's Jesse Stone tick better than Michael Brandman - and Michael is just the writer to carry Jesse into the future' Tom Selleck.About the Author
The authors treatment of the Jessie/Sunny relationship was unacceptable to me and I almost stopped reading at the "out of sight, out of mind" comment. Robert B. Parker would never have been that cavalier about anything and I thought it was an insult to one of his best characters in Sunny.
Even if you view this as just a mystery novel and not someone ...more