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Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do (Jesse Stone Novels) Hardcover – 10 Sep 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (10 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399159509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399159503
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis' comment, "We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story" (The New York Times Book Review). In June and October of 2005, Parker had national bestsellers with APPALOOSA and SCHOOL DAYS, and continued his winning streak in February of 2006 with his latest Jesse Stone novel, SEA CHANGE.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded Pearl Productions, a Boston-based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in many of Parker's novels.

Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston's Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America's rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker's fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. In February 2005, CBS-TV broadcast its highly-rated adaptation of the Jesse Stone novel Stone Cold, which featured Tom Selleck in the lead role as Parker's small-town police chief. The second CBS movie, Night Passage, also scored high ratings, and the third, Death in Paradise, aired on April 30, 2006.

Parker was named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.

Parker died on January 19, 2010, at the age of 77.

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Jesse Stone seems to have undergone a personality transplant - he's nothing like Parker's character and the change is all for the worse. A grave disappointment.
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I said in a review of one of Michael Brandman's earlier Jesse Stone novels that he may be even better than the original Parker. This latest story confirms it. As has been said, this is the Tom Selleck Jesse Stone, not the younger Jesse of the Parker books, but I prefer the older version, plus he's established in his house on the coast now, and the regular cast play their usual parts with aplomb - reliable old friends. No matter how often I read the same lines, I love it when Jesse goes to see Gino Fish and is told 'Mr Fish is not in', then Jesse makes a threat, goes in anyway and is greeted as usual with 'Jesse Stone. What a nice surprise.' I'm sure there would be a riot among the fans if this were ever omitted. A great story, with the usual Parker/Brandman concern for the underdog and thorough, but not overdone, awareness of diversity.
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By mrsmac on 20 Sept. 2014
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Not Robert B Parker but an ok novel. BUT Jessie Stone seems to have taken on the persona of Spenser.
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Was very impressed with Mr Brandman's ability to continue to develop the Jess Stone character created by the late and much missed Robert B Parker. I really enjoyed the book and the story and in no way ever felt that I wasn't reading a new Jesse Stone book in other words the story was well crafted, intelligently and amusingly carried out and satisfying! Thank You Mr Brandman - I look forward to all your future books and hope that the other authors licensed by Mr Parker's estate can deliver the same - I really miss my Spoencer and Hawk novels - even Sonny Randall!
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I was a relatively late starter to the Jesse Stone novels.
I enjoyed all the Parker series and let's face it Jesse is his invention .
But as Michael Brandman goes along the familiar brusque prose and pace is improving and this latest episode is by far the best of his trio .
Whilst some reviews hint on reading the book quickly and with a feeling of disappointment I enjoyed not only what is written but what is missed.
Jesse hasn't thought of his past... contemplates a future without even realising it and still there is sadness and whiskey in his life .
An easy read but a great story and well told ..... see it for what it is ....
Bob Parkers style and voicing in a new style and Jesse moving on with his life...
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 May 2015
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This is a short sharp tale where Jesse hunts the murderer of a young woman stabbed in a motel room and also finds time to tangle with an unethical retirement home. It is a good, easy read with the usual cast of characters. I think Mr Brandman does a good job of continuing Mr Parker's legacy.
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I LIKE THE JESSE STONE STORIES I JUST WISH I KNEW IN WHICH ORDER TO READ THEM DO YOU HAVE THE ORDER IN WHICH THEY WERE WRITTEN
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I,'ve read many of Parker,s books.I like his style and particularly the Jesse Stone series. I just can,t get enough and am always delighted to see a new one published. There are some great characters recruiting in the stories. Molly, Suitcase Simpson, Gino Fish and many more. I feel I know them now. If you enjoy a good police story, carefully crafted and we'll told, try out Jesse Stone.
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