This book is Parker-paced, with all of the stoicism we've come to love in spenser and hawk. Jesse Stone seems to be Spenser in his "Wonder Years", and the new villain, Crow, is a poor-man's Hawk. Bet we'll be seeing him again! But you know what? I like the book! Stone isn't as perfect as Spenser, and he actually makes mistakes, and dubious moral choices. His main squeeze also seems to be an intelligent, independant woman, not a neurotic, paralysis-by-analysis that Susan Silverman is. The plot is easy to figure, and the main villain somewhat simplistic. But the villain's girlfriend is another great character! richly drawn, and compelling (hope she shows up again too!). It's also great to hear from Frank Belson in the story, as it was to hear from State Cop Healy in the first Jesse Stone novel. The story is fun, without being preachy, and does have some tense moments. Jesse's sidekick, Suitcase, seems like a heckuva guy--hope he gets some real play soon. Definately buy this book, if you need a good book for a weekend. Get into this series from the beginning, so that 5-10 years from now, when Spenser is retired, Jesse Stone will seem like an old friend.