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Night Passage (Jesse Stone Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B. Parker
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 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.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Spark in the "Night" Feb. 18 2003
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Say hi to Jesse Stone. You'll be glad you did! :D March 23 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 Jesse Stone is no Spenser !! July 29 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love Spenser (even 'Spenser for Hire'). His strength, indomitability, intelligence, wit and integrity are in short supply in this world, and a well written story (and Parker CAN write) that showcases these character traits makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over.
Stone is smart and competent, and his heart is in the right place. But he's entirely without humor, alone (no Hawk for backup and witty repartee), and spends all of his non-working time feeling sorry for himself because of his recent divorce. And there's no worthy protagonist! Only a couple of spineless, loony bozos. (Vinnie Morris, a frequent and interesting Spenser opponent is here in a very minor role, but as I recall he and Stone never meet.)
There is one constant in this comparison of the two. Stone's ex-wife is also sans any worthwhile qualities (Stone loves her primarily because she's 'quirky'). Susan, Spenser's main squeeze is similarly unendowed, but redeemed herself somewhat in later books. So, as is the wont of such heroes, both Stone and Spenser are true-blue to their self-absorbed partners.
Overall, the story is just OK. Stone's character is just OK. Parker's narrative talents as usual are terrific. But what is missing is our hero's frequent manipulation of the characters and the system to provide an unexpected ending that matches his unusual sense of justice and unity. These conclusions may not at first satisfy the reader, but after some thought can be appreciated nonetheless.
For those who would rate Parker's talents having read only 'Night Passage', don't! Read Spenser. Some of my favorites (in no particular order): 'Early Autumn', 'Small Vices', 'Ceremony', 'Paper Doll', 'Valediction', 'Looking for Rachel Wallace', 'Pastime'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 actually. Nothing but pure gritty crime drama
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... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sir Steven
1.0 out of 5 stars never got ot yet
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...
Published 18 months ago by Annie Belanger
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice try, but the jury is still out.
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Robert Parker is my favorite author, and "Night Passage" is the best of many excellent books. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Love to read Parker
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. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2001 by Connie Rutter
4.0 out of 5 stars Pass the night away
...I enjoyed 'Night Passage' it was a modern day western with a very likeable hero.
Published on May 14 2001 by Mike Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Passage
I too am an avid fan of Robert Parker and Spenser, and was sure a book without Spenser would be a disappointment - How wrong I was!! Mr. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2001 by Godsgranny
1.0 out of 5 stars Spenser: In Disguise
Who does Robert B. Parker think he's fooling? Jesse Stone, along with the 'new' female detective Sunny, and Philip Marlowe too as Parker writes him, are just re-workings of... Read more
Published on Dec 20 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars I won't buy another
I like good mysteries, but this wasn't one of them. The guy can write, but this was way too predictable and the characters were too shallow. Read more
Published on June 29 2000 by sjadler
1.0 out of 5 stars Ho hum
This is the first book I've read by this author and I won't bother with another one. It certainly doesn't have the depth of a Cornwell or Patterson. Read more
Published on June 21 2000
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