Night Passage

Night Passage

Book - 1997
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A major crime-fiction event from the creator of the Spenser novels.The author of two dozen Spenser novels as well as numerous other works of fiction, Robert B. Parker is no stranger to both critical and popular acclaim. With his hallmark spare prose, sharp wit, and taut action, Parker has created in the Spenser series a character considered the paragon of private eyes, the standard against which all contemporary detective novels are measured. In Night Passage, Parker sets the bar even higher, with the introduction of Jesse Stone, a hero cut from different cloth.After a busted marriage kicks his drinking problem into overdrive and the LAPD unceremoniously dumps him, the thirty-five-year-old Stone's future looks bleak. So he's shocked when a small Massachusetts town called Paradise recruits him as police chief. Jesse can't help but wonder if this job is a genuine chance to start over, the kind of offer he can't refuse.Once on board, Jesse doesn't have to look for trouble in Paradise: it comes to him. For what is on the surface a quiet New England community quickly proves to be a crucible of political and moral corruption'replete with triple homicide, tight Boston mob ties, flamboyantly errant spouses, maddened militiaman, even a psychopath-about-town who has fixed his violent sights on the new lawman. Against all this, Jesse stands utterly alone with no one to trust; even he and the woman he's seeing are like ships that pass in the night. He finds he must test his mettle and powers of command to emerge a local hero'or the deadest of dupes.Fresh and wry, meditative and action-packed, Night Passage is first-rate Parker. As the flagship volume in a new series featuring a complex and engaging sleuth, it is doubly cause for celebration.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1997
ISBN: 9780399143045
Branch Call Number: MYS Park
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 24 cm

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PolyWogg
Sep 26, 2017

BOTTOM-LINE:
Decent start to a new Parker series
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
This is the first one in the Jesse Stone series. Jesse is a washed-up homicide detective from L.A. who climbed into a bottle and lost his wife to a L.A. player. But a small town in Massachusetts called Paradise recruits him as their new police chief...and Jesse jumps at it to save his own life.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Things are not as they appear in Paradise because the town leader has started his own little militia designed to fight back when the eventual downfall of America occurs. The previous chief of police has been sent packing and the town council wants someone they can control. Unfortunately, Jesse isn't it. The focus of this first story is on Jesse getting sober, finding out what really happened to the last chief, finding out what is going on in Paradise with the town leader, and when he has time, figuring out what's going on in his personal life. A refreshing change from the Spenser series because there is no Hawk and there is no Susan to back him up, there's just him.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
Vinnie and Joe from the Spenser series show up, but are more for comic relief than anything. Stone's ex-wife and new girlfriend are more co-dependant than helpful.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I was not personal friends with the author, nor did I follow him on social media.

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7626dee
Mar 08, 2017

The book is much better than the movie-Tom Selleck is good but Hasty is the star of this tale and the movie diminishes his character.

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Dreamstime
Oct 07, 2016

An excellent story clouded by the codependence Jesse has with his ex-wife. I found that an irrelevant distraction. Even so, the writing was great. But Jesse, move on, man. Time to cut loose.

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Piemanthe3rd
Aug 01, 2014

Probably my favorite of the Jesse Stone Series. Well written, fun read and good characters. Great series overall.

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Carmine1
Nov 28, 2011

Absolutely wonderful! I'm sure Robert B. Parker's alter ego was Jesse Stone. Great story. Great mystery. I couldn't help invisioning Tom Selleck's voice as Jesse Stone!

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RichardPaul
Feb 07, 2011

Night Passage ----
by Robert Parker c - 1997 ----

Det./thriller ----

A good read. ----
(Review of 5-8-11) ---- ---- (New ->)Having reread this Good Story:This first story about 'Jesse Stone' is well done and funny in how the small town of Paradise is really messed up. ---- Enjoy!----(finished6-5-12)RichardPaul

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