Synopses & Reviews
Fans have embraced each amazing new creation to spring from the fertile imagination of Robert B. Parker. But the praise for his series featuring small-town police chief Jesse Stone is unparalleled: "Melancholy, beautifully wrought," according to a starred review of Death in Paradise
in Publishers Weekly
. "The book's ultimate pleasure lies in prose whose impeccability speaks of decades of careful writing."
In Stone Cold, Jesse Stone has a problem. Actually, several problems: dead bodies turning up, and no clues. A man takes his dog out for a run on the beach, only to be discovered hours later with two holes in his chest. A woman drives her Volvo to the mall to do some grocery shopping, and is found dead, her body crumpled behind her loaded shopping cart. A commuter takes a shortcut home from the train, and never makes it back to his house. Investigating a serial killer in an affluent suburban town is difficult, and dangerous, and with the added pressures from the town selectmen and the media, the heat is turned up on Jesse. He's spending too much time with the bottle and with his ex-wife neither of which helps him, or the case. And the harder these outside forces push against him, the more Jesse retreats into himself, convinced despite all the odds that it's up to him alone to stop the killing. As tough, clear-eyed, and sardonic as Jesse Stone himself, this is the Grand Master working at the peak of his powers.
"In the fast-paced 11th Roman historical from Todd (Dream Boat, etc.), her series heroine, Claudia Seferius, is on the run from tax fraud charges in Gaul, and engaged in a love-hate relationship with handsome investigator Marcus Cornelius Orbilio. Claudia's personal quest for answers to her father's mysterious disappearance decades earlier leads her to quite a different inquiry as she stumbles on evidence that a serial killer has been preying on beautiful young women. At the same time, Orbilio is tracking a child slavery ring that's rumored to involve aristocrats. While Claudia may be a less compelling character than Steven Saylor's Gordianus the Finder (A Gladiator Dies Only Once, etc.), the spunky and independent sleuth will appeal to many readers, especially those who like a strong dose of romance in their mysteries. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"With each book in this series, Jesse Stone 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 is the fourth book in Parker's Jesse Stone series, and it is the best." Library Journal
"A star is born. Police chief Jesse Stone comes into his own big-time." Kirkus Reviews
"Prose as clear and potent as fine vodka. Parker illuminates the dark-cornered minds of sociopaths."—Entertainment Weekly
"Moves like a speeding bullet. Parker doesn't waste a word."—Orlando Sentinel
"A testament to why Parker was named a Grand Master at the 2002 Edgar Awards."—Publishers Weekly
"First rate. Parker is in roaring good form in this one."—Boston Globe
"Parker is in roaring good form in this one." The Boston Globe
Tony and Brianna Lincoln just moved into Paradise, but friendly they aren't. In fact, these urbane thrill killers are knocking off the neighbors one by one, and Jesse Stone is next.
About the Author
Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Police Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole-Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.