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A Slight Departure From The Norm In This Series
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2016
In this, Book 7, the reader may find a bit of a departure.
The "stranger" is someone who walks the fence regarding the law. He's somewhat a modern day vigilante with Apache Indian roots. He has no qualms introducing himself to Jesse wherein they both form bit of an uneasy bond. A bond born of respect.
The stranger, Crow, is hired to carry out a hit. Contrary to his Apache heritage he doesn't believe in killing women. Thereby lies his quandary, leading to his alliance with Stone.
The book is a fast read. Stone is surrounded by his usual cast of characters which are very well developed and mostly likeable.
The character I find I never liked is Jesse's ex-wife, Jenn. Whenever I get to chapters involving her or the psychiatrist he uses named Dix, I find I merely skim the chapters. If you don't skip over, the books bog down. Jenn's issues are the same now as they were back then. Each book, her character merely presents more of the same. Here we are in Book 7 and we have the same melodrama involving Jenn.
Here, the ever-stable Molly, even throws us an unexpected curve. The ending comes upon the reader quickly. But, is none the less good
Mr. Parker's Jesse Stone series has always been entertaining. Honestly, I don't think I would have liked them as much had I not seen the movies with Tom Selleck in the lead as Stone. He was perfect for the part and can easily be imagined in book form.