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Night Passage (Jesse Stone Novels) Kindle Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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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.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 756 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (July 1 2001)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F4CCYS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
So few mystery novels move at such a perfect speed. Night Passage finds the tricky balance between keeping the plot flowing and building suspense. I look forward to getting to know Jesse Stone better and have already purchased the second instalment.
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Format: Kindle Edition
PLOT OR PREMISE:
This is the first one in the Jesse Stone series. Jesse is a washed-up homicide detective from L.A. who climbed into a bottle and lost his wife to a L.A. player. But a small town in Massachusetts called Paradise recruits him as their new police chief...and Jesse jumps at it to save his own life.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Things are not as they appear in Paradise because the town leader has started his own little militia designed to fight back when the eventual downfall of America occurs. The previous chief of police has been sent packing and the town council wants someone they can control. Unfortunately, Jesse isn't it. The focus of this first story is on Jesse getting sober, finding out what really happened to the last chief, finding out what is going on in Paradise with the town leader, and when he has time, figuring out what's going on in his personal life. A refreshing change from the Spenser series because there is no Hawk and there is no Susan to back him up, there's just him.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
Vinnie and Joe from the Spenser series show up, but are more for comic relief than anything. Stone's ex-wife and new girlfriend are more co-dependant than helpful.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I was not personal friends with the author, nor did I follow him on social media.
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By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 9 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first of Robert Parker’s books about brooding, small-town police captain Jesse Stone. Jesse was an LA homicide detective who began drinking to dull the pain of his wife’s infidelity. Jenn filed for divorce, Jesse was fired for drinking on the job, and the scene quickly changed from California to Paradise, Massachusetts. Jesse applied for the police chief job because it was a continent away from his ex-wife. But he doesn’t understand why the town council would hire someone with poor references who was embarrassingly drunk in his job interview. Not in a position to be choosey, Jesse Stone accepts the job offer.

Jesse doesn’t clean up the whole town. But he does run off—or run in—a few of its nastier citizens. And he slowly and comically acclimates to the small-town environment. I won’t spoil the story by saying more about the criminals Jesse takes on and how he gets the upper hand. Instead I will mention three odd things about Jesse and his town.

First, Jesse can’t let go of his ex-wife, Jenn. He moved across the country trying to leave her behind. But she is persistently present. She calls him repeatedly to check on his health and happiness. Jesse picks up the phone every time. He will *tell* Jenn it’s a bad idea for them to talk. But he won’t hang up the phone. Bad as this is for Jesse, it is helpful to readers. We learn a great deal about him as he writhes his way through these late-night conversations.

Second, Jesse drinks too much. And too often, and at too many times of the day, and with too many people who he shouldn’t be drinking with. He tells people that he’s a recovered alcoholic. But he still drinks. And drinks. For a while Jesse tells people he is limiting himself to two drinks a day.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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