Synopses & Reviews
Family ties prove deadly in the brilliant new Jesse Stone novel from New York Times-bestselling author Robert B. Parker.
The body in the trunk was just the beginning.
Turns out the stiff was a foot soldier for local tough guy Reggie Galen, now enjoying a comfortable "retirement" with his beautiful wife, Rebecca, in the nicest part of Paradise. Living next door are Knocko Moynihan and his wife, Robbie, who also happens to be Rebecca's twin. But what initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach.
Stressed by the case, his failed relationship with his ex-wife, and his ongoing battle with the bottle, Jesse needs something to keep him from spinning out of control. When private investigator Sunny Randall comes into town on a case, she asks for Jesse's help. As their professional and personal relationships become intertwined, both Jesse and Sunny realize that they have much in common with both their victims and their suspects-and with each other.
and#8220;A great addition to the series.and#8221;and#8212;West Orlando News
and#8220;No one understands what makes Bob Parkerand#8217;s Jesse Stone tick better than Michael Brandman...and#8221; and#8212;Tom Selleck, star of the Jesse Stone TV movies
and#8220;If Spencer is the invincible knight, the timeless hero of American detective fiction, then Jesse Stone is the flawed hero of the moment.and#8221;and#8212;The New York Times Book Review
Praise for Robert B. Parkerand#8217;s Ironhorse
and#8220;Hits with the intensity of an eight-gauge shotgun blast. Ironhorse is written by first-time novelist Robert Knott, taking over this series by the prolific Robert B. Parker. Knott was co-writer of the screenplay for the film version of Appaloosa, and it's obvious from Ironhorse that Virgil and Everett's fates are in excellent hands. Local readers will also enjoy the descriptions of 19th-century Oklahoma, as well as the joys and troubles of rail travel during that time, in addition to a rip-snorting tale full of sparse dialogue seasoned with wit as dry as an Oklahoma prairie wind and enough flying bullets and buckshot to fill a caboose.and#8221;and#8212;Tulsa World
and#8220;Robert B. Parker's legion of fans will be thrilled with Ironhorse. Robert Knott, co-writer of the screenplay for Appaloosaand#8212;Bob's remarkable westernand#8212;has penned the next great saga featuring itinerant lawmen Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole. Knott's new novel reads just like vintage Parker and the storyline crackles with all the excitement and humor of what is a perfect continuation of the Hitch/Cole series. Parker fans are going to love it!and#8221;and#8212;Ed Harris, Academy Award-nominated actor
and#8220;Knott effortlessly handles the nonstop plot complications.and#8221;and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
and#8220;Continues the classic Western tradition that the late Robert B. Parker featured in novels such as Appaloosa and Blue-Eyed Devil.and#8221;and#8212;NewsOK
and#8220;[Knott] breathes life back into the characters Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch without missing a beat. He has the dialogue, the timing and the character of the two gunslingers-turned-marshals down. He has a new story. So it makes for a refreshing read. Parker would approve.and#8221;and#8212;Deseret News
Additional Praise for the Cole and Hitch Novels
and#8220;You read Parker because he could tell a story and make you care about his characters. Blue-Eyed Deviland#8230;only hones Parkerand#8217;s legacy as an ace storyteller, in any genre, to the end.and#8221;and#8212;Chicago Sun-Times
and#8220;The dialogue crackles. The writing is as crisp and tight as anything Parker ever wrote. And Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, soft-spoken gunmen who live by a code of honor, are enormously appealing heroes.and#8221;and#8212;The Associated Press
and#8220;Excellentand#8230;[Blue-Eyed Devil] continues the saga of gunslinging saddle pals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitchand#8230;as they trade wisecracks and hot lead with back-shooting owlhoots and murderous Apaches in the town of Appaloosaand#8230;.Lean, fast, and full of snappy dialogue, itand#8217;s everything a series fan would expect.and#8221;and#8212;Publishers Weekly
and#8220;The story is riveting, but as usual with a Robert B. Parker Western, the great attraction is the writing itself, especially the brilliantly rendered dialogue.and#8221;and#8212;The Associated Press
and#8220;Thereand#8217;s murder and showdowns and lots of great action. As always, Parkerand#8217;s dialogue is the star of his books, especially the laconic conversations between Cole and Hitch.and#8221;and#8212;Lincoln Journal Star
and#8220;The most memorable Western heroes since Larry McMurtryand#8217;sand#8230;Lonesome Doveand#8230;. Parkerand#8217;s prose is at its very best.and#8221;and#8212;The Associated Press
and#8220;[Parkerand#8217;s] back with both barrels blazing.and#8221;and#8212;The Greenville (MI) Daily News
and#8220;This novel makes it clear [Parkerand#8217;s] storytelling skills and great dialogue go well beyond the escapades of the private eye.and#8221;and#8212;Minneapolis Star Tribune
and#8220;Parker applies his customary vigorand#8230;a sparse, bullet-riddled rumination on law and order, friendship and honorand#8230;Parkerand#8217;s dialogue is snappy and his not-a-word-wasted scenes suit this Spartan Western.and#8221;and#8212;Publishers Weekly
and#8220;Pure, old-fashioned storytellingand#8230;the work of a master craftsman. Parker captures the West as neatly as he does the streets of Boston.and#8221; and#8212;The Washington Post
and#8220;A classic Westernand#8230;with a twist.and#8221;and#8212;Boston Herald
and#8220;Tough-guy appealand#8230;Parker provides plenty of action.and#8221;and#8212;The Wall Street Journal
and#8220;Powerfully goodand#8230;straightforward and entertaining yarn.and#8221;and#8212;Entertainment Weekly
and#8220;Like the Spenser books, itand#8217;s a study of Parkerand#8217;s enduring themes: buddy relationships, the weight that honor and responsibility put on a man, the consequences of violence, the way good can shade into bad and vice versaand#8230;a melancholy and sometimes moving tale of a lost but fascinating era.and#8221;and#8212;The Seattle Times
and#8220;Dryly amusingand#8230;a conclusion that had to make Parker smile as much as his readers will.and#8221; and#8212;Los Angeles Times
and#8220;A galloping taleand#8230;[a] classic Westernand#8230;magnificent. As always, the writing is bone clean. One of Parkerand#8217;s finest.and#8221;and#8212;Publishers Weekly (starred review)
and#8220;Forand#8230;readers with a hankering for the Wild West, including a high-noon shoot-out and all the accoutrements.and#8221;and#8212;USA Today
and#8220;As always, [Parker] is a masterand#8230;his plot gallops to a perfect, almost mythical ending. Like a great gunfighter, Parker makes it look easy.and#8221;and#8212;St. Petersburg Times
and#8220;If Spenser and Hawk had been around when the West was wild, theyand#8217;d have talked like Cole and Hitch. Wonderful stuff: notch 51 for Parker.and#8221;and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
After a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach, Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall realize just how much they really have in common with their victims, their suspects-and each other.
One girl is a teenage dose of pretty poison. The other is a movie starlet on the run from a violent past. These two cases collide in Paradise and Jesse Stone is trapped between them.
THE NEW COLE AND HITCH NOVEL
Newly appointed as Territorial Marshals, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are traveling by train on a mission to escort Mexican prisoners to the border. But when the Governor of Texas climbs aboard with his wife, daughters, and $500,000 in tow, the journey becomes a lot more complicated. An old enemyand#151;still carrying plenty of scars from the last time he saw Virgiland#151;has hitched a ride. Heand#8217;s not alone. And heand#8217;s got vengeance on his mind.
About the Author
Robert B. Parker
was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring 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.
Michael Brandman, the award-winning producer of more than thirty motion pictures, collaborated with Robert B. Parker for years on movie projects, the Spenser TV movies, and the Jesse Stone series of TV movies starring Tom Selleck. Brandman cowrote the screenplays for Stone Cold, No Rumors, and Innocents Lost, and supervised the screenplay adaptations of Night Passage, Death in Paradise, and Sea Change. He and Selleck were executive producers of the entire series. Brandman lives in California.and#160;