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Not his best
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2018
I've read (and re-read) all the Spenser novels, all the Sunny Randalls, and now the Jesse Stones up to here. It took Parker a while to figure out the multiple POV technique--but here, by book 4, he's gotten much better and there's little head-hopping. But there is too much conflation of sex and violence; some overt and (seemingly) unintentional sexism on the part of the author; and, despite his labored and heavy-handed attempts to the contrary, a painfully flawed 'understanding' of rape that sound sour notes throughout. As seems to be the case with all the Jesse Stone novels, there are also (this time I just noticed just two) glaring continuity errors.
Definitely not his best, and may be my least-liked (and possibly last) Parker novel ever.