Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do: A Jesse Stone Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The woman on the bed was barely out of her teens. She wasn't exactly beautiful, but she'd tried to make the most of her looks. And now, alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead.
Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn't know her name. Whoever she is, she didn't deserve to die. Jesse starts digging, only to find himself caught in the crosshairs of a bitter turf war between two ruthless pimps. And more blood will spill before it's over.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 12 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 10, 2013|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #101,249 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#477 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,977 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#3,215 in Hard-Boiled Mystery
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In the second of his Jesse Stone books, Fool Me Twice, I really dinged Brandman because of his abrupt ending. As if he; A) just got tired of writing and just stopped suddenly or B) ran into a publisher deadline and just decided to end it. In Damned if You Do Brandman fixes this shortcoming and really finishes the book nicely in a very Parker-like style. Kudos to him on that.
For me the book started a bit slow and confusing as if it was looking for a plot. (Spoiler Alert!!) It was as if Brandman couldn't decide if the primary plot was the dead hooker in the hotel or the patient abusing healthcare community. Turns out that it was both and Brandmen develops both nicely and wrapped up all of the lose ends very well.
Brandman didn't step into Parker's shoes in the Jesse Stone series as well as Ace Atkins stepped in and took over the Spenser series. As good of a character as Jesse Stone is, he never was a Spenser even under Parker's pen. But then again very few literary detectives are Spenser so it is easy to forgive Jesse Stone.
I think that Brandman has finally found his groove and will be looking forward to his next Jesse Stone offering. Well done Mr. Brandman.
Did the essence of Jesse Stone die with Robert B. Parker? It doesn't have to be that way. Witness the fine job the other fella does with the Spencer revivals!
Is this book worth the $10.99 price? Read it an answer that for yourself. If I can buy Gone With The Wind for the same price...if I can buy any John D. MacDonald or old RBP Spencer for the same price, I say this is grossly overpriced. The quality of writing, the lack of investment in character puts this book on the same plain as those monthly Harlequin books issued for the pleasure of love starved women. This book is like cotton candy...it looks intriguing only to disappear on the tongue at the first bite.
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This is a travesty and despoils all that goes before.