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Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins

(Jesse Stone #14)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,712 ratings  ·  391 reviews
In the wake of a huge storm, three bodies are discovered in the rubble of an abandoned factory building in an industrial part of Paradise known as The Swap. One body, a man’s, wrapped in a blue tarp, is only hours old. But found within feet of that body are the skeletal remains of two teenage girls who had gone missing during a Fourth of July celebration twenty-five years ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Geoff Gentry Robert B. Parker wrote the Spenser series as well as the Jesse Stone Series. Since his death in 2010, Reed Farrel Coleman has taken up the Stone serie…moreRobert B. Parker wrote the Spenser series as well as the Jesse Stone Series. Since his death in 2010, Reed Farrel Coleman has taken up the Stone series and Ace Atkins has taken up the Spenser series.(less)

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The second Reed Farrel Coleman attempt at Jesse Stone still does not feel like the Robert B. Parker version as it lacks his laidback style with a witticism in this book once more.

Coleman does spend a lot of time on Jesse's alcoholism and which at times is annoying and his thriller aspects of this book like the previous one seem a tad more intricate than I am used with the average Stone novel. He does like to write a complicated story again with some serious roots into the city of Paradise's pas
Don Gorman
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
(3 1/2) I rounded this one uo to four stars because I am just so thrilled with the way that Coleman has taken this franchise and grown it. Not only is this an interesting story, Jesse just gets better and better. There is barely a cliche in the entire book. We have good character development, especially for Molly and Suit, and a terrific old and new, back and forth deal that keeps you turning pages until the very end. Good stuff!
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
“You know what I think, Chief Stone?”
“What’s that?”
“Most of the time he loses, but sometimes the devil wins.” (Page 243)

It isn’t a point Police Chief Jesse Stone can argue. First with the LAPD and now with the Paradise PD, Stone has seen things that prove to him that evil does exist in the world whether or not one wants to specifically ascribe such things to the devil. It is especially true currently with the discovery of the recent bodies in Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins.

The Nor’easter that
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"The Devil Wins, a Jesse Stone Novel" is a continuation of the series by the late Robert B. Parker, and is written, in this effort, by Reed Farrell Coleman.
I did not know of Mr. Coleman's other works, which include the " Moe Prager" series of crime novels, but after reading this book, I will be reading more of Mr. Farrell's novels.

In short, Mr. Coleman has taken the character of Jesse Stone and lifted the series to a higher level.

There was greater insight and depth to This book than in any of th
Sep 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Any similarity between the writing of Robert B. Parker and this book is purely coincidental. If you love Parker's stuff the way I do, don't even bother with this. ...more
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
The Devil Wins – An excellent crime thriller

Robert B. Parker died in 2010 and is literary estate has allowed a few authors to continue some of his writing. Reed Farrel Coleman has taken on his voice and style with the Jesse Stone novels and has continued these excellent stories and developing the character of Jesse Stone.

Jesse Stone is making sure the town of Paradise has taken all the necessary precautions as a massive storm is heading the towns way. Stone has been police chief now for ten year
I went into this one expecting nothing and found my first Favorite Read to add to my shelf for the year. If you like books with strong female characters you most likely would love this. Maybe it would be best to start with #1 in the series, but I had no difficulty without having done it. If only my digital library had the whole series in audio.
Jim McCulloch
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reed Coleman did an excellent job with Jesse Stone trying to solve two 25 year old murders after a series of apparently related murders rock present day Paradise. A handful of irritating firearm related descriptive errors but most people probably won't notice. Jesse's relationship with Suit is front and center in this adventure, and Molly plays a significant part of the backstory. The teasing love interest is a terrific touch that makes Jesse all the more human! Very well done story! ...more
Una Tiers
Apr 07, 2016 rated it liked it
It's my own fault for wanting another story with the lead character. This author takes Parker's dark style and makes it depressing. The plot was fine but the characters were Coleman's not Parkers. ...more
Paula Dembeck
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is Coleman’s second book since he has taken over the Jesse Stone Series. In this installment, Coleman picks up where his last book left off and begins to focus more on the supporting characters in the police department in Paradise, giving us a better sense of the town and its people.

Luther Suitcase Simpson who was gut shot last spring as he helped Jesse out of a tight spot with a hired assassin known as Mr. Peepers, is now back at work on light duty assigned to Molly Crane’s job at the de
Gloria Feit
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
From the publisher: In the wake of a huge nor’easter, three bodies are discovered in the rubble of an abandoned factory building in an industrial part of Paradise known as the Swap. One body, a man’s, wrapped in a blue tarp, is only hours old. But within feet of that body are the skeletal remains of two teenage girls - - soon discovered to be the bodies of girls who went missing during a Fourth of July celebration twenty-five years earlier. Not only does that crime predate Jesse Stone’s arrival ...more
Dennis McClure
Once again I confess to an addiction. I will read all of these books.
Jerry B
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Parker’s 9-book Jesse Stone series is one of our favorites. We heartily welcomed the 3-book continuation to feature the Paradise Mass. Police Chief by Michael Brandman, who was particularly well qualified as playwright of the eight (with a ninth in the offing!) made-for-TV Stone movies. We weren’t about to skip the 13th book, “Blind Spot”, despite the switch to author Reed Coleman. However, we did not enjoy his first attempt, as he shortchanged the characters, especially Jesse as mostly a drunk, ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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Mahoghani 23
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I truly couldn't put this book down. I enjoyed it from start to finish. Paradise x 7 murders. The first two murders took place twenty-five years ago and now due to a nor'easter a body was found alongside the remains of two missing girls. The body is beyond recognition to include dental identification.

The killer has every intention of keeping his identity a secret until the mother of one of the victims come to claim her daughter's body & becomes murder victim number four. While Jesse is trying t
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reed Farrel Coleman continues the Jesse Stone series begun by Robert B. Parker, taking the characters in slightly new directions as they deal with their pasts.

Paradise, MA is rocked when three bodies are uncovered following a violent storm. The man was recently murdered, but the two girls disappeared decades ago. As usual, Jesse uses his wits - inspired by late night drinking - more than his brawn to discover the perpetrators.

The blend of Jesse's side of the story with cryptic chapters about the
Stacy Bearse
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Another home run in the legacy of Robert B. Parker. The author, who passed on five years ago, created a cast of compelling central characters. He told their stories in a witty and unique style. A handful of select authors have been retained to carry the characters forward, adopting Parker's style, voice and skillful plotting. Usually, this approach simply doesn't work (in the case of Tom Clancy, for example). Coleman, however, hits all the right notes in this thriller about murder in a small coa ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bravo for continuing the series and giving voice to Jesse once again. Is this a darker Jesse Stone with more drinking demons, or simply the view of a twenty-five year old cold case from someone who sees life in relation to the next drink, or the last bottle? Either way a contemporary killing spree in Paradise, seemingly tied to the old case has Jesse on the hot seat for his job again and provides a taut resolution. More please.
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Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
I think Reed Farrell Coleman and Ace Atkins come closest to emulating Robert B. Parker's style and wit. ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Crime thriller and Parker Fans
Six-word review: Past infecting the present, Jesse wins.

Ordinarily continuing a series after the originator has died is a non-starter for me. The Lustbader attempt to continue the Bourne series is an example of such an attempt not working. In this case, Coleman's Jesse Stone continuation is very well done.

The book opens with a Nor'easter blowing through Paradise, Mass., a second tier suburb of Boston. Jesse Stone, ex- LAPD detective and current Paradise police chief has finally come to the real
Evelyn Wilson
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-books-read
I can't believe this is #14 of the Jessie Stone series. There is no Statute of Limitations on murder. Isn't that a blessing in itself !!!!!

Page 35. . . He recalled how he had been taught to keep extensive and thorough notes, especially during a homicide investigation. Jesse's murder books were legend. No detail was too small to escape mention, because you just never knew what would lead you to the killer. . . .

Page 36 . . . It was only after the state police came in to help that the girls' bank
Donald Hahn
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Should be read before Debt to pay and or after Blindspot
Barry Medlin
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great read in the Jesse Stone series!
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, crime-series
Another good Jesse Stone by Reed Farrell Coleman. Here there is less focus, but enough of it, on Jesse as we learn more about Molly and the past in Paradise.

Milt Jacobs
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not bad for a Robert Parker knock off.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
#14 in the Jesse Stone series (#2 by author Coleman, after 9 by series creator Robert B. Parker and 3 by Michael Brandman). After the death of Parker in 2010, three of his series were carried on by other authors: Spenser by Ace Atkins, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch by Robert Knott, and Jesse Stone, first by Michael Brandman, then by Reed Farrel Coleman. Atkins, Knott and Brandman faithfully followed Parker's formulae (even to Atkins drinking beer and listening to jazz during the periods he is ch ...more
Karen A
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
I was really pleased to receive this book to review, as I

wanted to see if Reed Farrel Coleman would stay true to

Robert Parker's character Jesse Stone.
The story focuses on both current day murders and the

disccovery of the remains of 2 girls who disappeared 25

years earlier.
I found the book easy to get into and and very

engaging. Quickly I was drawn back into the world of

Jesse Stone and his colleagues. I was pleased that

Coleman has kept Jesse Stone's complex and flawed

character, continuing
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Have to admit, I'm getting used to this Jesse Stone, he's changed, a little harder, a little tougher but charming and interesting nonetheless.

Three bodies are found in an abandoned old factory, a storm rips the building apart the discovery is made. One is recent, only hours old. The other two are skeletons, 25 years old, two young girls who have been missing for a long time. They went missing after a Fourth of July celebration and everyone thought they'd run away. Everyone was wrong. One of the
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A nor’easter blows through Paradise and in its wake three bodies are found in an abandoned factory building. One, wrapped in a blue tarp, is a recent murder; most of his face has been blown away. Nearby, however, the skeletal remains of two teenage girls are found . . . twenty-five years after they went missing at a Fourth of July celebration.

Although a great many people in Paradise knew about the disappearance of the two girls . . . including Officer Molly Crane . . . Jesse is playing catch-up
Linda Sizemore
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second Robert B. Parker Jesse Stone book written by Reed Farrell Coleman. It starts right off with the murder of a man wrapped in a blue tarp and left in an abandoned building. While investigating the building collaspes, and as the fire department clears the debris, so the police can retrieve the body, two more bodies are found. But these other two bodies have been there a long time, twenty-five years to be exact. So as Jesse learns the story of those deaths he begins his investigati ...more
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aka Tony Spinosa

Reed Farrel Coleman’s love of storytelling originated on the streets of Brooklyn and was nurtured by his teachers, friends, and family.

A New York Times bestseller called a hard-boiled poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan and the “noir poet laureate” in the Huffington Post, Reed is the author of novels, including Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone series, the acclaimed Moe Prager series, shor

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