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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 10, 2022
Full disclosure - I'm a retired Police Chief, and I have loved the Jesse Stone novels since I first stumbled across them years ago. Until this one. My problem is not with the plot or the pacing; my problem is with the lack of integrity displayed by Stone and his two primary officers. Stone freely participates in a completely corrupt police practice with no hesitation or reservations. His two primary officers indulge in infidelity with completely inappropriate (in terms of legal ethics) parties, of which Stone is aware, and he simply doesn't care as long as they don't get caught. All of that is not consistent with the ethical foundation that Parker had established with Stone's character. Of course he is a flawed character - that's what makes him human - but he always had an ethical core when it came to law enforcement. Not in this novel. As a former LEO, it angered me. As a former fan of the Stone series, it made me very sad.