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Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues (Jesse Stone Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Brandman
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'No one understands what makes Bob Parker's Jesse Stone tick better than Michael Brandman - and Michael is just the writer to carry Jesse into the future' Tom Selleck.

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It’s tourist season in Paradise, Massachusetts. With it comes a baffling and violent crime wave that has residents on edge. It’s also brought a mysterious figure who’s stirring up troubling memories for Chief of Police Jesse Stone—especially when it appears the stranger is out for revenge.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 287 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780872895
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (Sept. 13 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054TVWIG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite there but on the other hand... April 27 2012
In these cases the new author has to put something himself into the story of Jesse Stone our favorite police chief in Paradise Mass. So it was odd at first, I felt the last Parker Stone was a good finale to that series, this is kind of a reboot, Jesse is a little different, Molly comes off as very different, but on the whole not a bad read and has many of the Parker hooks. Moving forward, it looks like another is coming out in Sep 12, Brandman can certainly move it toward the Tom Selleck type Jesse with his own spin on it. I'll probably try another one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It isn't RBP Sept. 18 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As I say in my review on [...], I was hoping for the best on this one. Brandman's caught the Jesse Stone character, but just the surface. I found a certain flatness in the dialogue. Hard to say just what's missing, but Parker had a lightness and irony that's either not there in this work or is too heavy. I also thought there were too many subplots and the solutions were too predictable and rather difficult to take seriously. The stories might get better, but I'm not sure I'll continue buying the books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is a disgrace! June 5 2013
By Warbler
I know it is impossible for one author to pick up another author's series and write the books exactly how the previous author did. I knew Brandman's Jesse Stone was going to be different than Parker's. But Brandman didn't even try! The characters here act and talk much differently than they do in Parker's book, and there are inconsistencies in this book as compared to the past stories.

Hasty Hathaway is back and has been reelected as a Paradise Selectman. Brandman, did you even read the first book? HATHAWAY WAS A MURDERER!!!! HE ATTEMPTED TO LEAD AN ARMED INSURRECTION AGAINST THE POLICE!!! HE WAS NUTS!!!! There is no way he'd get reelected, let alone get out of jail so soon. But no only that, Jesse and him are friendly with each other!!! Anyone who read the first book, would know that that is not possible.

The Jesse/Sunny romance was ended way too abruptly. Judging by how the last Parker Jesse Stone book ended, I think Parker had intended to merge the two series and continue the romance between the two of them. But instead of carrying on as Parker would have wanted, Brandman abruptly ends the romance.

In this book, Jesse adopts a new cat. He names it after his favorite high school teacher. Really? In the Parker Books, it is mentioned repeatedly that Jesse hated school. I doubt he'd name a pet after any of his teachers.

At one point in the story, Jesse's house is trashed. No where anywhere in the book is the condition of Jesse's picture of Ozzie Smith mentioned. In describing condition of the trashed house, the Ozzie Smith picture should have been mentioned. This picture is a very important possession of Jesse's.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
"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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 13 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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