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Robert B. Parker's Damned if You Do (A Jesse Stone Novel) Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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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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"Ornery Jesse Stone again puts justice ahead of the law in Brandman's assured third continuation of Parker's series....Comfort food for Parker fans."
—Publishers Weekly on Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do
"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 nails Parker’s compressionist prose.”— Booklist on Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice
"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
"Part of a grand tradition..."—USA Today on Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition (September 10, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399159509
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399159503
- Item Weight : 1.36 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #972,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.