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Night Passage (Jesse Stone Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B. Parker
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Fans often feel uneasy when the creator of a popular character ventures into new turf, and sometimes their trepidation is justified. But readers of Robert B. Parker's immensely popular Spenser series can breathe a sigh of relief: while Night Passage doesn't feature Spenser, his usual gang of associates, or a Boston setting, it's vintage Parker--fast, witty, suspenseful, and engaging. Told in short, crisp chapters, it's the story of Jesse Stone, a 34-year-old ex-cop who just lost his L.A. policeman's job and his marriage due to a drinking problem. The book opens as Stone leaves California for his new job as chief of police in the picturesque town of Paradise, Massachusetts.

But Paradise isn't as placid as it seems--in fact, it's a festering mass of petty corruption, right-wing militia, sexual scandal, and bad guys who favor strong-arm tactics. Night Passage boasts a delicious, classic setup: the lone lawman, new in town, must make his stand to clean the place up. Stone has been picked for the job because the town fathers figured he'd be weak and malleable; as he gradually pulls himself together, it turns out they have a surprise in store. Stone's qualities may remind you of Spenser's--he's taciturn, fearless, good-looking, and compassionate--and in the end the plot's pleasing complexities get resolved a bit simply. But Robert B. Parker is in fine form in Night Passage, with his smart-aleck wit under control and his prose at its economical best. Spenser fans and Parker neophytes alike will find plenty to enjoy here. And the setting is, after all, not far from Boston--dare we hope for a Spenser-Stone meeting in future books?

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The creator of the famed Spenser novels introduces a new detective series.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 484 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 1 2001)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F4CCYS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Robert B. Parker, in my opinion, wasn't trying to create the great American crime novel. But in Jesse Stone, he created a flawed, believable & likeable detective trying to straighten out his life. Each book in this series flows along in an easy to read style. You find yourself not trying to find the answer to the mystery, but just wondering how Jesse is going to handle the situations.
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1.0 out of 5 stars never got ot yet Feb. 21 2013
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i am still waiting to receive my book i have the second one in the series but not the first been waiting for more thena month...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love to read Parker Dec 7 2001
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Night Passage is the first in a series starring Jesse Stone. Jesse is a Los Angeles homicide detective that was fired for drinking on the job. He has just received a divorce from a starlet and has been offered a job in Massachusetts as Police Chief. He isn't quite sure why they hired him, because he was drunk when he was interviewed, but he didn't really care. Mr. Parker writes dialogue in most of the book, but he does do that well. There is a lot going on in the book that may or may not be related and it is the story of taking the clues and putting the pieces together. This is not a whodunit. It is more about how they are caught. I am going to read the rest of this series, because I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Spark in the "Night" Feb. 18 2003
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It is usually not a good sign when a series author decides to branch out to a new series; it usually means that the author himself has become bored with his creation and wishes to stretch his writing muscles a bit with something new. At best, this gives the faithful reader a new reason to enjoy his favorite author. At worst, the previous creation becomes a sort of exercise in frustration as the writer focuses his attention on his new baby.
In Robert B. Parker's case, we get the latter. Parker had already registered his continued contempt for his first creation, Spenser, by allowing the stories to get maudlin and sloppy, the margins to get wider and wider, and by publishing two installments of new Philip Marlowe adventures, as well as creating a new series starring a female private eye named Sunny Randall. To add insult to injury, here are we are now with "Night Passage", a fourth series concerning an L.A. cop named Jesse Stone transplanted to Paradise, Massachusetts, a bucolic little town on the Atlantic Ocean.
Jesse, plagued by drink and a wishy-washy ex-wife, sets out to remake himself as Chief of Policein a town where no one knows his name. But things get confusing when the department cat is murdered, followed by the killing of the previous chief of police and finally, a young, unwed mother. Jesse is, underneath it all, a good cop, so he is able to pull himself together, solve the crimes and have casual sex with a couple of ladies, thereby working on his abandonment issues.
Parker seems intent on making Stone as different from Spenser as possible, but the differences are superficial. Where Spenser is a hulking ex-boxer, Stone is slight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Say hi to Jesse Stone. You'll be glad you did! :D March 23 2002
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I've just recently been fortunate enough to stumble across Robert B. Parker's work, and I must say I'm truly sorry it's taken so long!
I have yet to read any of the Spencer books (I seem to be going in reverse order somehow), and even though this is the first Jesse Stone book, it's the second one I've read. I made the comment after reading Trouble In Paradise that even though it was second in the series, the reader didn't feel lost in Paradise, as it were. That feeling still stands, but I have to admit the background of exactly how Jesse found Paradise does put the second book in a somewhat better perspective. Even though, as another reviewer mentioned, the ending sort of seemed rushed, as if time was up and the pencils had to be put down, in retrospect, it really does set the stage for the next Jesse Stone book.
I can't put my hands on it, but for some reason I felt this book was not written quite as well as the other Parker books I've read, yet it was still very interesting, compelling, and filled with in depth characterizations of the many personalities in Paradise even though while reading it, sometimes it didn't seem that way. OK, breathe, Michael ;)
One of the things I enjoyed about the book were the very short chapters; of course, it didn't stop me from reading the book in a couple of days, since it IS very fast reading, but it's nice to know that if you're reading this at bedtime you can get to a natural break without going 30 pages to finish a chapter.
I'm very much looking forward to reading many more books by Mr. Parker. I hope this review helps you come to the same decision!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice try, but the jury is still out. Feb. 10 2002
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After doing Spenser for so long it is time Parker tried something different even if it is in his own back yard. But he hasn't managed yet to break entirely free. In spite of everything he still has to borrow a character or two from the Spenser novels. Boo. Even so, Parker has taken the tentative first step towards creating an entirely new series. This book may not be Parker's best but it is still a good read. Try it, you may get hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Dec 16 2001
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Robert Parker is my favorite author, and "Night Passage" is the best of many excellent books. An imperfect hero, with his struggle with alcohol and his failed marriage, Jesse Stone heads east from LA to Paradise Mass, to begin his life again as the chief of police in a small town.
The need to be a cop, a good cop, is what will save Jesse as he tries to work out the conflicts of his past and deal with crime and politics in Paradise.
Parker is an insightful author; he lets you see without forcing it, takes you along for the story without pushing. I hope he writes at least 30 more novels.
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