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Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do (2013)

by Michael Brandman(Favorite Author)
3.65 of 5 Votes: 1
0399159509 (ISBN13: 9780399159503)
Putnam Adult
Jesse Stone
review 1: I've been a fan of Robert B. Parker for over 20 years. When he died a few years ago, it was a great loss for the genre. This one is a Jesse Stone ... I prefer the Spenser books ... and Michael Brandman has taken over the series in the same manner that Parker took over for Dashiell Hammett. Ace Atkins is now taking Spenser into the future, but I'm still undecided on whether Spenser or Stone will benefit from their new authors. However, Brandman was much better at Stone in this book than Atkins was at Spenser in Lullaby. Bottom line ... still grieving for Parker.
review 2: The book fails to live up to the magic Parker always gave Jesse Stone. Brandman doesn't get around to placing Stone in his home with his cat until near the end of the book. No real romantic
... moretouches either. He just puts Stone in a tale of a murdered girl that is not particularly interesting in its development. When I read Parker's Jesse Stone, I see Tom Sellick - no one comes to mind in this book. I was impressed by the way Ace Atkins picked up the Spencer series and seemed to capture the essence of the man. Brandman scores a big miss in this effort. Michael Brandman may be a good author, but not in writing about Jesse Stone. less
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I appreciate still being able to read about Jesse Stone. Not high art, but a good, quick read.
Love how the story is told through dialogue...just not a fan of the actual story.
I think I read this in under 2 hours. Not a bad short story...
Let's hope Mr Brandman continues writing Jesse Stone books.
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