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

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

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by Michael Brandman
     
 

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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

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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 of justice, if anyone can see the truth in dark, dark places, it’s Jesse Stone.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Robert B. Parker

“Not for nothing is Parker regarded as the reigning champion of the American tough-guy detective novel, heavyweight division.”—Entertainment Weekly

For the Jesse Stone novels

“If Spencer is the invincible knight, the timeless hero of American detective fiction, then Jesse Stone is the flawed hero of the moment.”—The New York Times Book Review

And for Michael Brandman

“[Brandman] is just the writer to carry Jesse into the future. No one understands what makes Bob Parker’s Jesse Stone tick better than Michael Brandman.”—Tom Selleck, star of the Jesse Stone TV movies

"Part of a grand tradition..."—USA Today

“I would personally like to thank Robert B. Parker for creating an admirable character like Jesse Stone and Michael Brandman for continuing his adventures and helping to keep Parker’s memory very much alive.”—BookReporter.com

“Will help meet insatiable demand for all things Parker.”—Library Journal

“Brandman nails Parker’s compressionist prose.”—Booklist

"Brandman perfectly reproduces Parker’s style in [an] impressive continuation of his series featuring Jesse Stone."—Publishers Weekly
 

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101636480
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Series:
Jesse Stone Series , #12
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
15,156
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for Michael Brandman

"Ornery Jesse Stone again puts justice ahead of the law in Brandman's assured third continuation of Parker's series....Comfort food for Parker fans."
—Publishers Weekly on Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do

"No one understands what makes Bob Parker's Jesse Stone tick better than Michael Brandman, who help bring him to television.... I know Michael is just the writer to carry Jesse into the future."—Tom Selleck

“Brandman nails Parker’s compressionist prose.”— Booklist on Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice

"Brandman perfectly reproduces Parker’s style in this impressive continuation of his series featuring Jesse Stone.... 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 on Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues

"Part of a grand tradition..."—USA Today on Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues

Meet 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 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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Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
gracemary More than 1 year ago
Like all of Parker's novels, it keeps you turning the pages. It is interesting, and well-written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved the book, but a bit short, I am used to more pages, this was more of a novelette.
Stevec50 9 months ago
When a young girl is found murdered in a seedy beachfront motel, Police Chief Jesse Stone wants some answers. Who was she, why did she come to this out of the way place and who might have wanted her dead. While seeking the answers to these questions, Stone also finds himself trying to stop the abusive practices of a nursing home where an old friend is living out his last days. Both these cases become very personal and one could lead to Stone becoming a target for a killer trying to cover his tracks. Brandman continues this fine series created by the late Robert B. Parker. Not a great book, but a solid addition to the series and Jesse Stone continues to be a good character
Michael Collins 11 months ago
Third strike and Brandman is out. I only gave it one star because they don’t have ratings that go into negative numbers! This book is the worst of the three written by Brandman since Parker died. I hardly know where to start with my complaints over this one. All of the characters created by Parker are now nothing more than extras and foils for lines written for Jesse to throw at them. There's a reason I'm using a bit of movie lingo here as I now know why Brandman knew so much about the film industry in the last book; he's the one who helped adapt and produce Parker's work into the Tom Selleck Stone series. And it really shows in this book since it reads like it was written for the sole purpose of being turned into a bad action movie. The characters who were more prominent in Parker's writing (Suitcase especially) hardly appear at all and when they do they're hollow. Good idea if you're going to make a movie and don't want to pay more for actors with substantial dialog but bad idea if you want a well-rounded story in a novel! Now I'll get into some specifics. Ozzie and the poster of him that Jesse so often used as a touchstone for his thoughts is gone completely. In fact, it appears that Jesse is now a football fan sitting in front of his TV watching a game and drinking a beer at the end of the day. Oh yeah, Jesse now likes drinking beer when Parker had written that he really wasn't a beer drinker. And Jesse appears to have had a stroke or something because he's forgotten all the basics of law enforcement and investigation, not to mention anything like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights! He gallops from place to place and jurisdiction to jurisdiction asking stupid questions and only uncovers facts when Gino Fish deigns to drop him a crumb of information. Jesse has also become more violent than the way Parker wrote him. Oh, just a little though. Like attacking a doctor and a group of orderlies who (ridiculously) try to act intimidating towards Jesse and Suitcase. Before they make any overt moves towards violence Jesse calmly asks Suit for his nightstick then proceeds to beat the doctor and one orderly savagely, breaking the doctor’s ribs and the jaw of the orderly so bad that "it will probably never heal properly." He constantly breaks laws, many times with violence that he initiates that is wildly disproportional to the circumstances. Brandman has ruined the storyline created by Parker that was such a joy to read that I literally couldn't stop reading until I reached the last page. I said that I would read all three books written by him on the chance that he would find a writing style that did justice to what Parker started. Alas, he made it into little more than a comic book storyline populated by shallow cardboard characters that no one could like. I'm glad I checked them out of the local library instead of wasting money on them.
GeryNC More than 1 year ago
Another GREAT Robert B. Park read !!
ThornyAH More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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funnylady More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was good, but Nook cant get pages continuing in the correct order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not at the level of Robert Parker. I was very disappointed. An okay read but not worth the money
MedPhys More than 1 year ago
Glad someone could pick up the series from Robert B. Parker.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although not Robert B. Parker (but who is?) I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.