Night Passage (Jesse Stone Series #1)

Night Passage (Jesse Stone Series #1)

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by Robert B. Parker

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The author of two dozen Spenser novels as well as numerous other works of fiction, Robert B. Parker is no stranger to either critical or popular acclaim. With his hallmark sharp wit and taut action, Parker has created in the Spenser series the standard against which all contemporary detective novels are measured, and a character considered the paragon of private

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The author of two dozen Spenser novels as well as numerous other works of fiction, Robert B. Parker is no stranger to either critical or popular acclaim. With his hallmark sharp wit and taut action, Parker has created in the Spenser series the standard against which all contemporary detective novels are measured, and a character considered the paragon of private eyes. In Night Passage, Parker sets the bar even higher, with the introduction of Jesse Stone, a hero cut from different cloth.

After a busted marriage kicks his drinking problem into overdrive and the LAPD unceremoniously dumps him, the thirty-five-year-old Stone's future looks bleak. So he's shocked when a small Massachusetts town called Paradise recruits him as police chief. He can't help wondering if this job is a genuine chance to start over, the kind of offer he can't refuse.

Once on board, Jesse doesn't have to look for trouble in Paradise: it comes to him. For what is on the surface a quiet New England community quickly proves to be a crucible of political and moral corruption—replete with triple homicide, tight Boston mob ties, flamboyantly errant spouses, maddened militiamen and a psychopath-about-town who has fixed his violent sights on the new lawman. Against all this, Jesse stands utterly alone, with no one to trust; even he and the woman he's seeing are like ships that pass in the night. He finds he must test his mettle and powers of command to emerge a local hero—or the deadest of dupes.

As the flagship volume in a new series featuring a complex and engaging sleuth, Night Passage is cause for celebration.

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Editorial Reviews
Jesse Stone, the protagonist of Night Passage, is separated from Parker's Spenser by more than a first name. A former L.A. homicide cop with a drinking problem, a broken marriage, and some lost dreams, Stone has just been hired to be police chief of the small Massachusetts town of Paradise. The Paradise power brokers are sure surprised when Stone not only doesn't look the other way at various goings-on but also starts looking into such matters as money laundering, militia activities, and murder. Unlike Spenser, who arrived fully formed in 1974, Stone has some pieces damaged or missing, giving Parker plenty to work with in future entries.

—Nancy Pate

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Jesse Stone Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 4.18(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 17, 1932
Date of Death:
January 18, 2010
Place of Birth:
Springfield, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971

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Night Passage 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 57 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main character, Jesse Stone, is a believable fallen hero. I loved the witty and concise dialogue and the mixture of suspense and romance. This book is well written despite it being such an easy read. I recommend this if you are looking for relaxed entertainment.
oldwomanMG More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am an avid mystery reader but became interested in this series after seeing one of the books that was made in to a TV movie. Couldn't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those of you who have read other reviews know that I stumbled upon an old tupperware tub in my house filled with old books belonging to myself and my husband. I have since read a few of Robert Parker's novels, and again, this is my first read of NIGHT PASSAGE. Coming from Massachusetts, I love taking quick trips back home through Robert Parker's characters. And when I only have time for a few chapters, his writing works for me. The problem with this book is that I expected more. I think that I have read enough of Mr. Parker to begin to favor some books over others. Some reviewers have said that they were sick of listening to ex-spouses express their undying love for each other while on the telephone at night, sharing a drink. I tend to agree. That became old rather quickly. I too, wish Mr. Parker had spent more time putting more detail in what could have been an even greater detective book. I would have understood more if this was the first book he had written, but I felt that he penned it rather quickly and sent it along for publication without giving it much thought. That said, I read this book in about 3 days and did enjoy it as a fluffy, fast paced, short chapter read. J.R. Reardon author, CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good characters, particularly Jesse Stone. The small town feel is very accurate, with many sub-plots to hold your interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book in this series has convinced me to read more of them.
SamsArt More than 1 year ago
I am a long time Parker fan, and upon seeing an ad for the Jesse Stone series, I set about reading and acquiring them. I enjoy Parker's skill at character creation. Flawed, but with a code that makes them do the right thing, and the hard thing. 
RonJames More than 1 year ago
Jesse Stone book that's a nice comfortable read. I'll be buying the next one in the series soon.
LynnS More than 1 year ago
Great mystery that keeps you reading until the end. The ending took me by surprise which always makes the mystery more memorable. Looking forward to reading the rest of the Jesse Stone Series.
SadieSueMarie More than 1 year ago
I have seen the show on TV, and it made it easy to put faces with the names in the book, and that made for an easy read. I have decided I will order the entire series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband and I became interested in the movies, so I decided to read the book. The story is great but different from the movie. I think I really like the movie characters, and it is hard to loose some essential aspects of the movie when reading the book. Should be the other way around. Still I think the book is fun and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of the Spenser novels, Night Passage is Robert Parker at his best. The character of Jesse Stone is complicated and conflicted and the story line makes you want to continue reading to its conclusion and then will make you want to read more. Night Passage is the first of the Jesse Stone Series and after reading it, I've since purchased and read all of Parker's Jesse Stone Series books. They are quick reads, entertaining and fun to read.
draybun More than 1 year ago
will be reading the entire series
Rusty85NV More than 1 year ago
When I read each of these Jesse Stone books I always sense the easy going style of the character of the small town Police Chief, as played by Tom Selleck, in the previous TV Movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have seem the Jesse Stone series starring Tom Selleck and liked it, you'll enjoy this book. It's characters are well developed and it's a quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
255 pages I enjoyed the story and will read more of the series. It helps to have seen some of the tv shows so you have face with the name. Tom Selleck plays him well. Good mystery.
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MargoH 11 months ago
Must-read for Robert Parker fans As a fan of Robert Parker I have read almost all the books in the Spenser series, and before Night Passage I had read, long ago, only 3 or 4 others in the Jesse Stone Series. Night Passage is the very first in the Jesse Stone series, and I had avoided Jesse Stone because I thought nothing could beat Spenser’s exploits. It turns out however that Night Passage is one of the best of all the Parker novels I have read. If you want to read the Jesse Stone novels, I highly recommend that you start with this one. Stone had been fired from the LAPD for drinking on the job, and the police chief job in tiny Paradise, Massachusetts was the only job he could get. Hired by a corrupt city official in a corrupt town, Stone was expected, as a fallen cop, to be easily manipulated. Jesse Stone proves to be anything but. Not surprisingly, in midst of his struggles with taking out dangerous criminals, Jesse is faced with some difficult decisions in his romantic life. As always, Parker’s stories involve ethical in which in which the difference between right and wrong is not always clear. Parker’s writing has an intellectual tone that is beyond that of most murder mystery writers. Jesse Stone is my kind of hero – a hero with flaws. He reminds me a bit of another of my favorites - Jo Nesbo’s Norwegian alcoholic homicide investigator, Harry Hole. I was so pleased with this novel that I now plan to read the later Stone novels I ignored before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has too much agnst and noir for me. Spenser maintains the movie hero type and prefer it. Will try another at library as cant afford all ihose not keepers to re read
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