This book is very good! I have become a Robert B Parker fan. I saw the made for TV movie version before I read the books. I was very surprised to see how much liberty the producer of the movie production took such liberties of changing most of the book to fit what they thought it should have been. Well guess what the book was better than the Tom Selleck version. Jesse Stone has his demons with an ex-wife and booze. However, beyond those issues he is a good cop and 98% of the time gets his bad guy. The reader knows up front he most likely will come out the winner; it's trying to figure out how he will do it. I have yet been able to out smart the author. That what makes it a good read!