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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay (A Jesse Stone Novel) by Reed Farrel Coleman

Setting: Paradise, Massachusetts
Genre: Crime Drama
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Release Date: September 13, 2016

It all starts with the murder of mobster Gino Fish. Peepers is back and he's looking to get even. With Gino Fish taken care of, Peepers is looking at Jesse Stone next. Jesse doesn't seem to be taking a hint though, which is not pleasing Peepers one little bit.

Stone has his own issues. His romance with former FBI agent Diana Evans is picking up, and he's pretty happy about that. His ex-wife, Jenn, is set to marry down in Dallas and really wants him to attend her wedding. He's reluctant, however, and can't understand why she's so insistent.

When it becomes clear that Peepers is back and planning his revenge, Stone decides he has no choice but to head to Dallas to keep Jenn safe.

I've never really delved into the Jesse Stone series, so I admit I did feel lost. The story itself is whole, but I felt as though I'd missed a lot of backstory into Stone and Peepers' relationship.

Robert B. Parker passed away in 2010. Reed Farrel Coleman is writing the Jesse Stone novels now. I can't say I loved the writing style. It does have that old-school crime novel feel, but it was full of trite repetition that bogged the story down for me. For instance, there's one section where it's said "his cheeks flushing with rage," and a couple lines later, it's repeated with "his face turned an ugly shade of red."

I liked the characters and loved the pacing, but the writing just wasn't my style. It's a book I enjoyed, but can't see myself wanting to own it.

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