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Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do (A Jesse Stone Novel Book 12) Kindle Edition
She was barely out of her teens, not exactly beautiful, but she’d tried to make the most of her looks.
Now, defiled and alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead. And Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn’t even know her name. But when his investigation lures him into the crosshairs of two ruthless pimps, Jesse finds out more about the girl than he ever dreamed. Because in pursuit of justice, if anyone can see the truth in dark, dark places, it’s Jesse Stone.
“Not for nothing is Parker regarded as the reigning champion of the American tough-guy detective novel, heavyweight division.”—Entertainment Weekly
For the Jesse Stone novels
“If Spencer is the invincible knight, the timeless hero of American detective fiction, then Jesse Stone is the flawed hero of the moment.”—The New York Times Book Review
And for Michael Brandman
“[Brandman] is just the writer to carry Jesse into the future. No one understands what makes Bob Parker’s Jesse Stone tick better than Michael Brandman.”—Tom Selleck, star of the Jesse Stone TV movies
"Part of a grand tradition..."—USA Today
“I would personally like to thank Robert B. Parker for creating an admirable character like Jesse Stone and Michael Brandman for continuing his adventures and helping to keep Parker’s memory very much alive.”—BookReporter.com
“Will help meet insatiable demand for all things Parker.”—Library Journal
“Brandman nails Parker’s compressionist prose.”—Booklist
"Brandman perfectly reproduces Parker’s style in [an] impressive continuation of his series featuring Jesse Stone."—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Michael Brandman is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice and Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues. An award-winning producer of more than thirty motion pictures, he collaborated with Robert B. Parker for years on movie projects, Spenser TV movies, and the Jesse Stone series of TV movies starring Tom Selleck. He worked on the adaptations of Stone Cold, Night Passage, Death in Paradise, and Sea Change, and wrote and produced the original screenplays for Thin Ice, No Remorse, Innocents Lost, and Benefit of the Doubt. He lives in California. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00C5R791Y
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons (September 10, 2013)
- Publication date : September 10, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1791 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #47,843 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.