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Stone Cold Paperback – 29 May 2014

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: NO EXIT PRESS (29 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843442175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843442172
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
Stone Cold is clearly the best of the Jesse Stone series, and one of the finest Robert Parker books in many years. If I leave my emotional attachment to Spenser behind, Jesse Stone now surpasses Spenser as an interesting character. Mr. Parker's dialogue was never better than in this superb book.
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.
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Format: Paperback
This is the first Robert B Parker book I've read and I picked it up (at the library, I'm glad to say) on recommendation. I'm afraid it didn't do much for me.
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.
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Yet another great storyline in the Jesse Stone series. The characters are becoming lifelike to the point of feeling like I know them. Unbelievably good writing make the pages almost turn themselves, wit, intrigue and storylines that stand alone yet if like me you are addicted, you know the characters are going to be followed throughout. It's becoming somewhat boring to write, lost alone read my reviews of this series, suffice to say I'm off to start the next and will enjoy that and all those that follow. If there is a bad edition I will comment but I doubt I will be saying any more on this amazingly good series.
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This was the first book that I have read from this author, with a good start which seems to point to some interesting reading. It is not a bad book and I enjoyed reading it, however it is not a memorable one. The main reason is that the parts of the book which could be exciting are quickly over and done with and more attention is given to the detective's life and times with women. Like I said, okay but more attention could have been given to the vital parts to make them gripping and exciting rather than to the more mundane parts of the book.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2013
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I didn't know until this book that the series had been filmed with Tom Sellick in the title role, not what I'd imagined Jesse to look like but I can see it. This book has all the usual ingredients - Jesse cutting a swathe through the local womanhood whilst holding a candle for his ex-wife, good camaraderie within the police department,a successful resolution to the main plot (the hunt for a serial killing couple) and a more ambiguous ending to the subplot (high school rape). These books are not very long so the plot isn't over complicated and Jesse is a very likeable character so I enjoy reading them.
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