Robert B. Parker's The Hangman's Sonnet (Jesse Stone Series #16)

Robert B. Parker's The Hangman's Sonnet (Jesse Stone Series #16)

by Reed Farrel Coleman

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The stellar new novel in Robert B. Parker's New York Times--bestselling series featuring Paradise police chief Jesse Stone.

Jesse Stone, still reeling from the murder of his fiancée by crazed assassin Mr. Peepers, must keep his emotions in check long enough to get through the wedding day of his loyal protégé, Suitcase Simpson. The morning of the wedding, Jesse learns that a gala 75th birthday party is to be held for folk singer Terry Jester. Jester, once the equal of Bob Dylan, has spent the last forty years in seclusion after the mysterious disappearance of the master recording tape of his magnum opus, The Hangman's Sonnet.

That same morning, an elderly Paradise woman dies while her house is being ransacked. What are the thieves looking for? And what's the connection to Terry Jester and the mysterious missing tape? Jesse's investigation is hampered by hostile politicians and a growing trail of blood and bodies, forcing him to solicit the help of mobster Vinnie Morris and a certain Boston area PI named Spenser. While the town fathers pressure him to avoid a PR nightmare, Jesse must connect the cases before the bodies pile up further.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425280263
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Jesse Stone Series , #16
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 62,262
Product dimensions: 4.31(w) x 7.56(h) x 1.06(d)

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.

Reed Farrel Coleman, author of the New York Times--bestselling Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay, has been called a "hard-boiled poet" by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and the "noir poet laureate" in The Huffington Post. He has published twenty-five previous novels, including nine books in the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series, and most recently, Where It Hurts, featuring Gus Murphy. A three-time winner of the Shamus Award, he has also won the Anthony, Macavity, Barry, and Audie awards. Coleman lives with his family on Long Island.

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Robert B. Parker's The Hangman's Sonnet (Jesse Stone Series #16) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Jesse Stone books. I was sad when I finished and I eagerly await the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read and almost perfectly in tune with Robert Parker’s original character....... Somehow Jesse Stone lives on.....and that’s a good thing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hangman’s Sonnet by Reed F. Coleman is wonderful. If I close my eyes, I can imagine Robert Parker saying “bravo” to Mr. Coleman. Reed F. Coleman tells a tremendously entertaining and captivating story. As always, it takes place in the imaginary New England town of Paradise, where Police Chief Jesse Stone has been holding sway since resigning from the L.A.P.D. due to excessive drinking, a flaw that he still battles. Jesse is tasked with solving multiple murders as well as dealing with some people who are planning a big blow out for a rock star down on his luck. How all of this does or does not tie in is left up to Jesse and his officers. The story is amusing and absorbing. I love Robert Parker and can only thank Mr. Coleman for maintaining the glow that emanates from all his characters.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The man does not try to copy Parker and I like that. His style makes for a book that keeps one guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is number sixteen in the Jesse Stone series. I always enjoy reading about Chief Stone, the town of Paradise and the usual cast of characters. It was interesting this time to see Jesse having more issues with his drinking after losing Diana. He’s trying to figure out who killed an old lady and the possible reemergence of a missing master recording tape. Jesse even goes to a Boston and meets with Spenser. Very interesting! I could picture those two Parker characters talking and mentioning Sunny Randall. In the end, Jesse is able to catch the bad guys and gal. With that, he’s off to rehab to get some much needed help and leaving Crane in charge. Reed Farrel Coleman does a great job carrying on the Robert B. Parker legacy. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does Parker proud
John Greco More than 1 year ago
The Hangman’s Sonnet is a fast-paced read, though there may be a little too much time spent on Jesse's drinking which is full tilt boogie. Coleman though is a good storyteller and he captures Parker's rhythm and nuances perfectly. Full review attached below.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far I’ve read all of the Jesse Stone novels and have seen all the movies! The books are definitely hard to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical Jesse Stone novel . Hard to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the extended stories of Jessie Stone. After Robert B. Parkers death I was afraid there would be no more Jessie Stone. I thank the excellent writing of those carrying on.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth Jesse Stone novel Reed Farrel Coleman has written in the series begun by the late Robert B. Parker. And he has kept the faith. Moreover, he has done something the master never did. He brings in Spenser to play a minor role in solving the mystery which begins with the death of an old woman, a member of the founding family of Paradise, and the ransacking of her home. Jesse, still reeling from the death of his beloved Diana in his presence, is slowly drinking himself into oblivion. But that doesn’t stop him from performing his duty as Police Chief, despite the hindrance of the Mayor and her hatchet woman. The plot basically revolves around the recovery of a supposedly long lost tape made by a now has-been rock star in time for his 70th birthday party. Coleman performs up to the standards of the late master, while offering a clever plot of his own, written in a slightly different style (few can duplicate the pithy sentences of a Parker novel). He gives us a deeper insight into Jesse’s personality and presumably shows the force of his iron will. Well at least let’s hope so. Presumably we’ll find out in the next volume in the series. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This character continues to grow with his new author love this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! Worth the wait!
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the 16th installment of the Jesse Stone series! Although the books no longer are written by the late, great Robert B. Parker (he of "Spenser" fame), the legacy is being carried on admirably by Reed Farrel Coleman, who has been tagged to keep the series alive. And this is one of the best so far, IMHO. The rather sleepy town of Paradise, Massachusetts, is about to get the mother of all wake-up calls: Plans are in the making for a mega-star-studded 75th birthday party for folk singer Terry Jester, who tore up the charts in his Bob Dylan years. He stepped out of the limelight when the master recording tape of his "The Hangman's Sonnet" album went missing some 40 years ago, and he's remained a recluse ever since. Paradise police chief Jesse Stone learns of the gala the morning that his deputy, "Suitcase" Simpson, is getting married, and he's none too thrilled about the ruckus and security nightmare such an ostentatious blow-out will cause (Woodstock comes to mind). As if that weren't enough, the same morning an elderly resident is found dead in her home - apparently the victim of a home invasion gone wrong. The whole place is torn apart, suggesting that the culprits were looking for something. As Jesse and his team, including his faithful sidekick Molly Crane, get on the case, the mayor of Paradise and her PR flack get on Jesse's case. Mess up just once and you're gone, they threaten. As always, Jesse takes it in stride; after all, he's been there, done that. The threats do give him a tiny bit of pause, though; he came to Paradise after "screwing up" in Los Angeles, but he wonders, "...where does a man land after he screws up in Paradise?" As the investigation progresses, Jesse begins to suspect that the old woman's murder may be connected to the missing tape. But how? The chase keeps Jesse guessing and following clues all the way to Boston, where he gets a little help from a private eye named Spenser (who way back when helped with the case of the missing tape, so Jesse wants to pick his brain). Readers should get a kick out of seeing two of Parker's popular characters come together in the same book; as a huge fan of both characters, I sure did. In between trying to figure out what's going on, keep his job and avoid getting killed, Jesse is still trying to come to terms with the murder of his fiance, former FBI agent Diana Evans (that sad event happened in the previous book) and his penchant for drowning his sorrows in a bottle of Scotch. Throw it all together and you've got a very enjoyable book with interesting characters and a fast-moving plot.