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Just let Robert Parker go---please!
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2013
I had enjoyed one "Robert Parker" novel by this author, and I dearly love the Jesse Stone novels (and even learned to put up with the changes to watch Tom Selleck play him on the tv movies). But his novel was not true to the characters, and the writing wasn't up to his last attempt. The plot was fine, and Jesse sticking his nose into a problem and bending the rules IS Jesse Stone.However, the subplot became the main story and throughout the novel the main story was shaky and jerky. Then all the loose ends are sort of tied up....but you don't feel relief. My biggest complaint is with the supporting characters, who not only helped Jesse become Jesse Stone but made us love Paradise. This Molly is snarky and annoying, and very two-dimensional. Robert Parker made her complex and interesting. And what became of Suitcase Simpson? He's been regulated to a walk-on role with no depth at all. So this is a one-man show, and it hurts not only the flow of the book, but makes it very easy to walk away from it altogether. I doubt if I'll fall for this again. I think it's time to accept that Robert Parker is gone. If these authors want to publish on their own, so be it. But leave Robert Parker off the jacket and stop riding on his name.