Robert B. Parker's the Hangman's Sonnet

Robert B. Parker's the Hangman's Sonnet

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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 fiancee by crazed assassin Mr. Peepers, must keep his emotions in check long enough to get through the wedding day of his loyal protege, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399171444
Branch Call Number: M COLEMAN 2017
Characteristics: pages cm

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USAF1969
Sep 25, 2017

Coleman's (RBP) THE HANGMAN'S SONNET was a very good read. Ever since Coleman took over for Parker, his Jesse Stone books have maintained the core of the characters and locale very close to what Parker had. This one does the same and the story line for this one is great. Very engaging, many moving parts and some surprising new characters dropping in. I highly recommend it. At the same time Coleman has stayed true to Parker's characters and style, he has increasingly added his own touch - in this case, he is increasingly using more words and explanation than Parker's classic style. But to be fair, Parker was unique in his ability to have 1-line conversations and explanations and still tell a great story. I haven't seen any other author who can do that as he did. And to Coleman's credit most of additional wording adds to the enjoyment of the book. That is with one exception though, which I feel compelled to point out. Jesse Stone came to Paradise because he lost his job in LA because of alcohol addiction. Under Parker's writing, he was in a continuous battle between drinking and abstinence. For reasons explained in this book (death of his soul mate), that drinking has increased to the point of gross excess and seriously affects his job and relationships. In my opinion, while this is a legitimate part of the Stone story line, his drinking issues are overwritten in this book. It's an honest assessment of the affects of heavy drinking and addiction, but too much time and detail is spent on it. On the other hand, the book ends with Stone taking time off to enter rehab. Will he finally conquer/control his addiction or come back and backslide yet again. I guess we have to stay tuned; which I will.

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RescueDog
Sep 19, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mystery was not obvious & it kept me interested to the very end. I don't exactly understand the hostile politicians, but it seems to be a common theme.

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