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Night Passage (Jesse Stone Novels Book 1) Kindle Edition
After a busted marriage kicks his drinking problem into overdrive and the LAPD unceremoniously dumps him, thirty-five-year-old Jesse Stone’s future looks bleak. So he’s shocked when a small Massachusetts town called Paradise recruits him as police chief. He can’t help wondering if this job is a genuine chance to start over, the kind of offer he can’t refuse.
Once on board, Jesse doesn’t have to look for trouble in Paradise: it comes to him. For what is on the surface a quiet New England community quickly proves to be a crucible of political and moral corruption—replete with triple homicide, tight Boston mob ties, flamboyantly errant spouses, maddened militiamen and a psychopath-about-town who has fixed his violent sights on the new lawman. Against all this, Jesse stands utterly alone, with no one to trust—even he and the woman he’s seeing are like ships passing in the night. He finds he must test his mettle and powers of command to emerge a local hero—or the deadest of dupes.
“Parker’s sentences flow with as much wit, grace and assurance as ever, and Stone is a complex and consistently interesting new protagonist.”—Newsday
“Parker has always been a master of razor-sharp and witty dialogue, hard-driving suspense and memorable characterization. His Jesse Stone series promises to match if not excel the Spenser novels. Night Passage is a stunning debut.”—Houston Chronicle
“Vintage Parker.”—The Denver Post
“A page-turner...the protagonist is a believable, full-blooded man of Hemingwayesque dimensions. Full of action, spiced with fast-moving introspection.”—Forbes
“A winner.”—The Boston Globe
“You can always rely on Parker for some great talk and great scenes.”—Kirkus Reviews
More Praise for Robert B. Parker
“If weight is to be given to prolific output as well as to literary excellence, it would be no stretch to claim that America’s greatest mystery writer is Robert B. Parker.”—The New York Sun
About the Author
- ASIN : B005F4CCYS
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons (July 1, 2001)
- Publication date : July 1, 2001
- Language : English
- File size : 1316 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 340 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,624 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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But there were only 8, so I craved more. I knew they were based on the books so I thought I'd see how it matched up.
Different. I could see parts of three movies in one book. Some of the characters were different.
Still a great read.
BTW, I bought the book used through Amazon's vendors and couldn't be happier. The hardcover was better then I expected. Like new, no pages bent, no cover tears. Price was right.
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P R Matthews
I don't think that this is really a woman's novel but it was a good read. I expect that readership is mostly male. If you like a police story with great characters and creepy bad guys, then this is great for you.
I'm afraid that imho the film wins hands down.
I only finished reading it because I was comparing it with the film, to see how faithful that was to the original - I probably wouldn't have finished it, if it had been a stand alone purchase. Which tells you how good the writing seemed to me.
In the film, Selleck is physically much bigger and older than the book character and his portrayal is much better for it - he brings gravitas and experience absent in the book. Thankfully, the mob hitman Jo Jo Genest becomes Jo Genest in the film, and although a musclebound thug in the book his film portrayal as a psycopath of normal size by Stephen Baldwin is far more nuanced and interesting. I wondered why the Irishwoman Molly Crane in the book, was portrayed as a black woman in the film - this was a change I didn't think was for the better.
I first saw the Jesse Stone series on T.V. and was captured by Tom Selleck's performance as Jesse Stone although he isn't exactly the right age!
The book has a better, more involved plot line than the DVD - which remains excellent, just slightly different.
Will definitely buy the remainder of the books in the series - and also the DVDs.