"You shall not sow your vineyard with different kinds of seed, lest the yield of the seed which you have sown and the fruit of your vineyard be defiled." -- Deuteronomy 22:9 (NKJV)
What should happen to a character when the author dies? Usually, that's the end. In a few cases, new authors have been recruited. Usually, the results are disappointing.
Anyone who is looking for Kill the Blues to be a Parker novel can stop reading right now. Not!
Is it an acceptable substitute for a Parker novel? Most people will think not, as well.
Most people who pick up such characters go to great lengths to keep the character the same. Mr. Brandman did that, too, but he chose the character who appeared on television rather than the Parker character from the books.
I think that was a mistake. This Jesse is more about competence and ease than pain and angst. Other than the name being the same, reading about this Jesse doesn't feel nearly as interesting or rewarding.
I also thought that the plot and pacing felt more like what a television show would do than what a book can accomplish.
Would I read another book in this series by Mr. Brandman? Probably not, unless a review convinced me he had moved closer to the Parker model.
Borrow the book at the library and see what you think.