Stone Cold Paperback – 29 May 2014
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"Melancholy, beautifully wrought. The book's ultimate pleasure lies in prose whose impeccability speaks of decades of careful writing." (Publisher's Weekly )
"If you want non-stop action, awesome characters and overall kick-ass entertainment you need to read Parker" (Janet Evanovich )
"A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. And nobody does it better than Parker. His dialogue is snappy and funny, his characters believable; the plot reaches out from the page and grabs the reader" (Donna Leon, Sunday Times )
"Pitch perfect . . . with each book in this series, Jesse is more his own man - a lonely, unstable guy who is serious about self-redemption but who lacks Spenser's natural defenses for living in existential pain. Let's trust Parker to keep him on the edge" (The New York Times Book Review ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Robert B Parker is the bestselling author of more than fourty-one books. He lives in Boston. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The novel has several, nicely intertwined story lines. If you like all of the story lines, you'll think this is a great book. If you dislike any of them, you will grade Stone Cold down one star for each one that you don't care for.
If you are new to the series, I suggest that you start with Death in Paradise and work your way forward to this one.
I must admit that I love the constant allusions to Paradise Lost and other books about those who are out of touch with God's grace. In this novel, we have two villains who are very much like Milton's residents of the nether regions who have fallen from grace because of their fascination with themselves. There are also three young men who are like those whom Dante describes as being overcome by lust in the Inferno. Lastly, there are Jesse and his ex-wife Jenn who seem to be looking for something that they cannot even define, like the lost souls of those who have never known God's grace such as the barbarians in the Inferno.
The major plot line features a pair of serial killers who enjoy the feeling of power and superiority that their type of murder provides. In the process of gratifying themselves, they terrorize Paradise, and leave Jesse without two of his closest friends and colleagues. He also finds himself staring down their gun sights. The story is developed as a simple police procedural (without much progress for some time) which makes the book more complex and interesting.Read more ›
Jesse Stone, the cop hero, whose personal life and 'investigation' we follow only has to give a woman the eye and she can't wait to be alone with him. One such woman just happens to end up as the third victim of the book's nasties - a (married) couple of implausible and rather unconvincing middle-aged serial killers. Jesse takes the woman's death surprisingly well and moves on with his life and the next loose woman.
Meanwhile the 'investigation' ticks along. And hey presto, a little bit of routine police work and the computer gives them their prime suspects. All it took was a search of the gun register coupled with a call to the DMV. How fortunate can you get. And when Jesse meets these people he instantly 'knows' they are the killers. But alas, he has no evidence with which to nail them. Not to worry, he guesses he is their next victim - how convenient - and hatches an ambush. But, oh no, it goes wrong and someone else gets killed. A cop this time. Oh well, time for another shag and a visit to the shrink.
Oh, forgot to mention that these killers draw suspicion because they have a .22 gun registered in their name, which they gladly offer to the cops for forensics. The fact is, it's not the murder weapon. Hah! They have another .22 they use for that. So, I ask myself, why not use an unregistered murder weapon of a different calibre so as not to draw attention in the first place. Or am I being too much of a spoilsport?
So, lots of irritations in the details. Overall, the plot lacked imagination and excitement. It had no sense of reality and no real surprises.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interest in the TV series made me buy the books. The writing is beautifully laid back (in the manner portrayed in the series) and was a very good read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs Lorraine Brown
An interesting if not a fast moving story. Jesse is able to work out all his necessary moves in between seeing his shrink and the women in his life.Published 9 months ago by Mrs Janet S Howard