Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do (Jesse Stone Series #12)

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A JESSE STONE NOVEL

She was barely out of her teens, not exactly beautiful, but she’d tried to make the most of her looks.

Now, defiled and alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead. And Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn’t even know her name. But when his investigation lures him into the crosshairs of two ruthless pimps, Jesse finds out more about the girl than he ever dreamed. Because in pursuit ...

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Overview

A JESSE STONE NOVEL

She was barely out of her teens, not exactly beautiful, but she’d tried to make the most of her looks.

Now, defiled and alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead. And Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn’t even know her name. But when his investigation lures him into the crosshairs of two ruthless pimps, Jesse finds out more about the girl than he ever dreamed. Because in pursuit of justice, if anyone can see the truth in dark, dark places, it’s Jesse Stone.

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The young woman died in a beachfront motel with a built-in bad reputation, but to Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone, that doesn't make the murder case any less important. What begins, however, as a simple homicide case becomes something far more dangerous when this determined lawman discovers that his investigation has landed him in the middle of turf war between two savage pimps. (P.S. Michael Brandman has been hailed as Robert B. Parker's true successor: "As with the originals, the pleasure lies more in the easy, banter-filled writing, balanced with the lead's apparently limitless compassion, informed by bitter experience.")

Publishers Weekly
Ornery Jesse Stone again puts justice ahead of the law in Brandman’s assured third continuation of Parker’s series featuring the Massachusetts smalltown police chief (after 2012’s Fool Me Twice). Stone has two serious matters on his plate: endemic patient abuse at a nursing home and the stabbing murder of an unidentified prostitute at a motel. Donnie Jacobs is in the first stages of Alzheimer’s, but Stone is shocked to find him in fear of physical abuse and frequently sedated. Stone’s hackles are raised even higher when he learns that the owners of Golden Horizons Retirement Village have a track record of patient neglect and mistreatment, making him determined to bring them to book any way he can. Getting traction on the homicide requires the detective to reach out to unsavory underworld figures. This will be comfort food for Parker fans, but others may find it a tad bland. Agent: Helen Brann, Helen Brann Agency. (Sept.)
Library Journal
09/01/2013
Brandman's third Jesse Stone installment after Parker's death (after Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice) will help meet insatiable demand for all things Parker. Expect holds. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/13.]
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Brandman's third installment of Parker's second-string franchise springs a pair of seriously malnourished cases on Paradise, Mass. The Jane Doe found in bungalow 12 of the Surf and Sand Motel was barely old enough to vote when someone stabbed her to death. Convinced that the victim was a prostitute, Paradise police chief Jesse Stone (Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice, 2012, etc.) asks mobster Gino Fish to work his connections in order to identify her. Gino sends Jesse to Boston madam Clarice Edgerson and her associate Thomas Walker. Although Jesse and Clarice are clearly playing opposite ends of the street, they develop a surprising mutual respect. Not so for Walker, who tells his competitor Fat Boy Nelly that he'd love to see Jesse dead. Nor is Walker the only one, for the sad shape in which Jesse's found his retired accountant, Donnie Jacobs, has pitted Jesse against the Golden Horizons Retirement Village, whose director, Dr. Benedict Morrow, is dealing with Donnie's dementia by drugging him insensate and tying him to his bed. Jesse mobilizes Paradise's fire, health and buildings departments against Golden Horizons, revealing hundreds of code violations and threatening to get the place condemned. Both Morrow and Philip Connell, the head of Amherst Properties, the cut-rate firm that recently purchased Golden Horizons, swear vengeance against Jesse. So who'll get a piece of the police chief first--the mobbed-up pimp or the nursing-home executive? After two rounds of wondering whether Brandman can ape his master's style and structure and learning that he basically can, it's uncanny to see him toss off a lazy, low-stakes, low-tension entry that's so similar to so many of Parker's own lesser efforts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425270073
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Series: Jesse Stone Series , #12
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 51,567
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Brandman

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 co-wrote the screenplays for Stone Cold, No Remorse, Innocents Lost, and Benefit of the Doubt, 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.

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  • Posted March 19, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    This is the third Jesse Stone novel since Robert B. Parker¿s dea

    This is the third Jesse Stone novel since Robert B. Parker’s death, and it follows the customary formula: two subplots and the police chief’s sense of “justice” and his fast retorts. To begin with, Jesse observes mistreatment in an assisted living facility when visiting his former accountant, and takes steps to rectify the situation in his own indomitable fashion.

    But more to the point of police work, he is summoned to a local motel to find a young woman dead with a knife wound through her heart. This brings Jesse smack in the middle of a festering war between two pimps fighting for control of prostitution not only in Paradise, Jesse’s jurisdiction, but Boston as well. How he goes about solving the dilemma is pure Jesse.

    The author recreates the fast-paced dialogue, characteristic of Parker’s novels, using the same approach to moving the stories ahead, including short paragraphs and chapters alternating between the subplots. Once again, it is a happy thought that the franchise still lives, even as we mourn the loss of the originator.

    Recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Highly recommend for the fans of Parker's Jessie Stone novels

    This continuation of Robert Parker's Jesse Stone series, while written by Parker's successor, Michael Brandman, is a welcome and well done, almost seamless transition to a new author. While not Parker Mr.Brandman continues Jesse Stones stories with only a few very minor, unnoticeable differences. The regular characters are out old familiar friends and their relationships with one another are almost the same as ever, though in some instances not quite. Well that's to be expected as Mr. Brandman puts his own twists of character on them without changing them drastically.

    No, not Parker but still Jesse Stone and his (and our) friends and this book doesn't disappoint.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Like all of Parker's novels, it keeps you turning the pages. It is interesting, and well-written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    I thought this author did a terrible job in picking up Parker's

    I thought this author did a terrible job in picking up Parker's characters. The plot line was OK, but the characters never would have behaved the way this author portrayed if it had been a Parker book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Jesse Stone series does not disappoint

    Fans of the Jesse Stone series will not be disappointed. Lots of suspense and action!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    Police chief Jesse Stone needs to solve a murder of a Jane Doe

    Police chief Jesse Stone needs to solve a murder of a Jane Doe and prove the inadequacies of Golden Horizons retirement community.

    The narrative, which some may call minimalistic, is crisp and easy to read. Fast flowing action is present throughout. Brisk and authentic help to define the characters.

    Aside from a few questions, involving regarding chief Stone's secretary, the plot is well explained.

    Overall, a quick fun read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    ,

    Not the dialogue and character development of earlier novels. Dissappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    loved the book, but a bit short, I am used to more pages, this w

    loved the book, but a bit short, I am used to more pages, this was more of a novelette.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2014

    What's with Brandman making Molly adversarial and insolent with

    What's with Brandman making Molly adversarial and insolent with Jesse?  Parker never created that character, and it detracts from the book.  The Brandman books plots are good, but the writing is sparse.  Too jouralistic.  Save your money for a used copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    great story - too short for the 12.99 price!

    My ereader said it was 176 pages. After you take out the Table of Contents pages and a single page wasted for each "chapter number" which is a total of 70 pages--you are left with 106 pages. Definitely not worth the 12.99!
    I will admit the story and plots were awesome and the book read smoothly (unlike #11 in the series). but come on now - 106 pages for 12.99. Not a great deal at all. this book #12 sounded more like the Jesse Stone of old and not alot of repeated lines....trying to take up space.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    Fantastic Series

    I have read all his books on this series. I thought that the writers who have continued to write this series after R G Parker started them and then passed away have done a marvelous job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Nooi

    The book was good, but Nook cant get pages continuing in the correct order.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Mike

    Here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    okay book

    not at the level of Robert Parker. I was very disappointed. An okay read but not worth the money

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Good continuance

    Glad someone could pick up the series from Robert B. Parker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Recommended for all Jesse Stone lovers

    A good read but lacks the "zip" of previous Jesse Stone books. There was very little about Jesse's personal life. His relationship with his cat was the only humanizing element. This made the whole novel flat and impersonal. There were crimes; the crimes were solved. Period. Perhaps the lack of a personal life was a statement in itself about the character Jesse Stone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Annonymous

    Not the Jesse Stone I'm used to. Seemed too much like Spencer; flip and smart ass. I don't recall Jesse being so glib. The Molly character seemed off as well. Very dissppointed in this latest segment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Not bad...

    Although not Robert B. Parker (but who is?) I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Barely worth the price

    Far too many page and paragraph errors. Hard to follow when entire sentences are missing. The story line is weak but the characters are true. Read if you must.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Highly recommended if you are a Parker fan.

    Michael Brandman does a remarkable job of carrying on the style and interest of a Robert B. Parker novel. Jesse continues to charm.

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