Parker cooked up an ex-convict named Jimmy Macklin who has an ambitious scheme to loot an entire island populated by some very wealthy people, and he recruits a crew to help him blow up a bridge, take out a private security force, empty a bank and then make a getaway by boat so it certainly seems like he might have taken a page out of Richard Starks novels about professional thief Parker. The book would have been a lot better if half of it wasnt consumed with Jesses love life. Jesse was more interesting to me as a guy who had at least tried to distance himself from a bad relationship, and he seems more like a drunken chump in this book.
I have mixed feelings about this book, #2 in the Jesse Stone series by Parker. There are many very good things: The pacing is mostly good; It's nice to see some familiar villains and heroes from Spenser's world; I like the characters of Jenn, Molly, Abby, Faye and the other strong women in the book. There is some humour in the last 1/3 of the book that works well, but it's not the rapier wit we know and love from Spenser. However, I believe this book shows, through Jesse and Jenn, what happened to Parker's real-life marriage to Joan after she recovered from her cancer. If you want to know more about where Spenser and Stone come from, I recommend the obituary below) In this book, we see Jesse (Parker) struggle with his deep love for Jenn (Joan), and her need to have some space of her own. This book is the clearest work by Parker explaining what happened to them, and how they resolved their issues, and found a way to continue loving, to live in the same building, but separate apartments, etc. the word maroon appears 9 times in this book" September 22, 2017 59.0% "... this book explains more about the strange marriage of Parker and his wife, Joan, than all the 38 Spenser books that I've read.
Chief Jesse Stone of Paradise, Massachusetts, is Parker's hero again in this sequel to Night Passage. The one problem: Macklin never figured that Paradise, Massachusetts, would have a police chief as tough and resourceful as Jesse Stone. The characters I really enjoy and the authors really gives his readers a good feel for them. Jesse seems to be a very confused guy in the love department and feels out of sorts with being divorced from his wife. I have to say that so far this series has been pretty character driven, now if the author can get the plots going I feel like it will be an amazing series.
Another good novel in the Jesse Stone series. There are 3 women in this novel, Jesse's ex wife, Jenn, attorney Abby and newcomer realtor Marcy.
Quote from the book: "...and if I see you out here, Ill go shoot that broad you been f*cking." "Which one?" Jesse said and winced silently as he heard the way it sounded.
Ok loved this book as well.
His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. The Spenser novels have been cited by critics and bestselling authors such as Robert Crais, Harlan Coben and Dennis Lehane as not only influencing their own work but reviving and changing the detective genre.