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Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice (A Jesse Stone Novel) Kindle Edition

3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Length: 289 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"No one understands what makes Bob Parker's Jesse Stone tick better than Michael Brandman, who help bring him to television.... I know Michael is just the writer to carry Jesse into the future."
—Tom Selleck

“Brandman in his second go-round as the caretaker of the late Parker’s Stone franchise nails Parker’s compressionist prose.”
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"Brandman perfectly reproduces Parker’s style in this impressive continuation of his series featuring Jesse Stone.... As with the originals, the pleasure lies more in the easy, banter-filled writing, balanced with the lead's apparently limitless compassion, informed by bitter experience."—Publishers Weekly on Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues

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One girl is a teenage dose of pretty poison. The other is a movie starlet on the run from a violent past. These two cases collide in Paradise and Jesse Stone is trapped between them.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399159495
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reissue edition (Sept. 11 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007T94QSC
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,226 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I had heard that Robert Parker had a couple of novels in the process when he died. I don't know if this one had been started at all, or if it's completely a work of Michael Brandman (and another?). I was given two "Robert B. Parker" novels a week ago as a birthday gift, and at first believed I had perhaps two of the "in the works" books in hand. The other book was Split Image, and credited only to Robert Parker... a good read, and I have read probably 80% of Parkers books. When I got to Fool Me Twice, I noticed the "'s" on the supposed author's name, and realized what I had in hand was either a book completed by Brandman, or completely by him. Since he's the only author listed on the Amazon listing, I have to presume that it's his alone, and attempt to keep the style and characters going (and cash in on the popularity).

Sorry. I didn't feel Fool Me Twice was up to Parker standards. Certainly the writing style, the short, snappy dialogue seems similar, and it does have its moments of being almost indistinguishable, but at completion I was left with a feeling that it just didn't make it. I guess I'll forget about future Jesse Stone.

Three stories seemed to be running in the novel, not an unusual thing, but two of them held little in the way of mystery. We knew "who dunnit" with the main thread, and just followed along as the situation took place. Usually when more than one thread is followed in a novel, there is some interaction between the them-- not the case in this book. No connection between a celebrity murder, a situation with water meters, and a troubled teen, other than Jesse Stone!

I hate it when writers get the facts wrong. A little research here, people! I know it's not a big issue in the story, but really!
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Format: Hardcover
"Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further." -- Job 40:5 (NKJV)

While I wasn't impressed with Killing the Blues, I thought that the book was good enough to warrant reading another of Mr. Brandman's novels about Jesse Stone. Well, now I've read a second one ... and I liked it a lot less than the so-so outing in Killing the Blues.

Naturally, anyone who expected a duplicate of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone was just whistling in a hurricane. That wasn't going to happen.

The most that one could expect was that the character would remain the same, but be treated differently.

It's okay if the character changes, as long as the new version is interesting.

Well, in Fool Me Twice, the character becomes a quasi-omniscient problem-solver who happens to be a police chief who can handle 20 times what life can throw at him.

The original Jesse Stone was a flawed man who often floundered in his personal life, struggled with his demons, and sometimes couldn't hold it together.

The new Jesse Stone just doesn't interest me.

In some cases brilliant plots can take a book without interesting characters and save the day. This plot, alas, is pretty pedestrian and told in a less than inspiring style.

I conclude that it's enough of the new Jesse Stone for me. If I want to read about Jesse Stone, I'll reread Mr. Parker's wonderful books.

Thanks for giving it the old college try, Mr. Brandman.
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Format: Hardcover
Very good book but it seemed shorter than 275 pages probably because of the text size and larger than normal white spaces at the end of the chapters. The text size seemed about 1 to 2 points larger than normal. It only took me 2.5 hours to read. Wait for the paperback if you are going to buy it other wise borrow it from your local library instead.
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