Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do

Robert B Parker s Damned If You Do Police Chief Jesse Stone returns in another outstanding entry in the New York Times bestselling series The woman on the bed was barely out of her teens She wasn t exactly beautiful but she d tried to

  • Title: Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do
  • Author: Michael Brandman
  • ISBN: 9780399159503
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Police Chief Jesse Stone returns in another outstanding entry in the New York Times bestselling series.The woman on the bed was barely out of her teens She wasn t exactly beautiful, but she d tried to make the most of her looks And now, alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead.Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn t know her name Whoever she is, she didn t desePolice Chief Jesse Stone returns in another outstanding entry in the New York Times bestselling series.The woman on the bed was barely out of her teens She wasn t exactly beautiful, but she d tried to make the most of her looks And now, alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead.Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn t know her name Whoever she is, she didn t deserve to die Jesse starts digging, only to find himself caught in the crosshairs of a bitter turf war between two ruthless pimps And blood will spill before it s over.

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    • Michael Brandman

      Michael Brandman is a producer and writer, known for Rosencrantz Guildenstern Are Dead 1990 , Monte Walsh 2003 and Jesse Stone Stone Cold 2005 He is married to Joanna Miles They have one child He s an award winning producer of than thirty motion pictures, he collaborated with Robert B Parker on than a dozen of them Together they wrote the screenplay for Tom Selleck s TNT movie Monte Walsh Brandman produced and Parker wrote three Spenser films for AE, and their collaboration continued with the Jesse Stone TV movies currently broadcast on CBS Brandman lives in California.

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    • This book, written by Michael Brandman, is a continuation of Robert B. Parker's 'Jesse Stone' series. Jesse Stone is the Police Chief of Paradise, Massachusetts, a small city near Boston. As the story opens Jesse is called to a local motel, where a young prostitute has been stabbed to death. The woman has no identification, so Jesse needs to find out her name as well as who killed her. During his investigation Jesse talks to the local crime boss, Gino Fish, as well as some pimps who run prostitu [...]

    • The third Brandman Jesse Stone novel and it does not dissapoint at all. It is a quick read with quite a few of the usual suspects around, for those who have followed the tales of Jesse Stone by the late Robert B. Parker and in the continuation novels.Jesse finds the corpse of a young prostitute and finds himself entering a turf war between two pimps and even his usual friendly and respectful banter does need some backup by guns to get out alive.As usual Chief Stone has an second storyline this i [...]

    • The real title is Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do, but if you read my reviews, you know how I feel about using a name as part of the title, especially if he's dead, so I won't further go at it here. But.And that's pretty much what I have to say about this book itself, as well. This is a giant step back from the other two Brandman novels, neither of which were exemplary to begin with. What a horribly written story! The dialogue is wooden and preposterous. The story is tired and distant. It's [...]

    • The Jesse Stone novels were pretty pedestrian even when Robert B. Parker wrote them. Michael Brandman, who has written the screen plays for the television movies, is neither an improvement nor a diminishment of Parker's work. (Note: The TV movies are pretty good, largely due to the presence of Tom Selleck, a good support cast--e.g the actor who plays Geno Fish, a nice visual sense of place, and a good musical score. The novels have none of those features, obviously. It's not often than I like th [...]

    • I have always preferred the Jesse Stone series over Spenser and was sad that the series never blossomed into many more books. The relationship between Jesse, the town council, and Suitcase and Molly was fun and often led to humorous exchanges between them. After Parker died the series was taken over by Michael Brandman who had been a writer and producer of the eponymous TV series. (Tom Selleck was really good, and I wish they would make more.) Brandman’s first venture into recreating Stone was [...]

    • You know how sometimes you have to write a report for school or work and you really don't want to do it, your heart's not in it? Well, that's the feeling you get from reading this book. I've read two of Michael Brandman's other Robert B. Parker books and thought they successfully captured the spirit and style of Parker's writing. But "Damed if You Do" was pale in comparison. The dialog between characters was stiff and formal, certainly not the way people generally talk. The plot was uninspired a [...]

    • This is book #12 in the Jesse Stone series. I have really enjoyed this series a lot. I look forward to the last 2 books and hopefully I will get to those soon.SynopsisThe woman on the bed was barely out of her teens. She wasn’t exactly beautiful, but she’d tried to make the most of her looks. And now, alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead.Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn’t know her name. Whoever she is, she didn’t deserve to die. Jesse starts digging, only to find himsel [...]

    • I've been a fan of Robert B Parker since I was 10 years old. I've rarely read a book of his that I didn't love. When he passed away, I was nervous about other authors carrying on his legacy. Ace Atkins hasn't disappointed, and until now, neither had Michael Brandman. This book however missed the mark on all fronts. One of the things that I've thought distinguished Jesse Stone from Spenser was the fact that he was less likely to get into a brawl, and more likely to follow the system to accomplish [...]

    • Jesse Stone, Paradise Police Chief, solves a murder, tackles unscrupulous assisted living facility operators and places himself in the middle of two pimps vying for turf in this latest Parker novel written by Brandman. It's not Robert Parker (sigh) but it's a good read and still like a comfortable visit with an old friend.

    • At least half of one of those stars is due to loyalty to the fine men and woman (pretty sure there's just one) of the Paradise Police Department. Brandman knows Stone. He knows Suitcase (though you'd have a hard time proving it based on the evidence here) and Molly. He has a decent handle on the city, and the supporting characters. What he doesn't know is how to write a mystery. Or a police procedural. Possibly not a novel -- maybe he should stick to scripts.There are two cases that Jesse's work [...]

    • 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 he [...]

    • Quick somewhat satisfying outing by Brandman.When a young woman is found murdered in a local hotel room, police Chief jesse Stone makes it his mission to find out who she was and who she belonged too.Turns out she was a linchpin between two pimps: one really old-school, one newfangled. And Jesse isn't making any friends as he tries to discover the girl's name.Meanwhile, when his former accountant goes missing from an Alzheimer's home, Jesse discovers a boatload of malfeasance in the treatment of [...]

    • I miss Robert B, so Michael gave us his refreshing spin on Jesse: his cat Mildred Memory returns again and some quips that are all Michael's Jesse: "There's something rotten in Denmark"(chapter 11); "You bet your sweet bippy"(chapter 16); "Do you suppose a Hogwarts team descended and cast a spell"(chapter 20);"You talkin' to me"(Chapter 40);"stick it where the sun don't shine"(chapter 42); and "the jig is up"(chapter 47). Remember Robert B gave Jesse a Smith & Wesson .45 for a service weapon [...]

    • A fast little read featuring the police chief, Jesse Stone of Paradise, MA. In this installment Jesse is looking for the murderer of a young woman who was probably engaged in the worlds "oldest profession." A two plot storyline, Stone also uncovers the mistreatment of residents at a nursing home while visiting an elderly friend of his. This sets him off into investigating the facility and its owners. Entertains, but predictable. Not a lot of action but ok for a weekend read.

    • 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.

    • Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do: a Jesse Stone Novel by Michael Brandman.I could only give this book 3 stars. It just didn't grab me as the Jesse Stone books did when Parker was alive and writing himself. I'm sure Brandman gave it his best shot but didn't draw me in.

    • Another fine post-hummus addition to Parker's Stone series. Chief of Police Stone has a murder to investigate.but he has no I'd on the victim, no suspects, and no way to get started. He then gets a missing person report on his old friend and accountant, who has disappeared from his retirement home.While Stone easily finds his old friend (he had just walked back to his old house), as he returns him to the home, he begins to suspect that the wandering was not an aberration. The home raises Stone's [...]

    • Ever since I read the first Spenser book by the late Robert B. Parker, I've been a huge fan; to the best of my knowledge, I've never missed reading a single one, and there have been plenty. The same is true of his more recent series featuring Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone, although to a lesser degree (that is, until the first TV movies was made with the hunky Tom Selleck in the lead role).Since Parker's untimely death in 2010, a couple of authors have picked up the writing chores, both with [...]

    • This is the third attempt by Michael Brandman to extend Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone Franchise. The first two were better. Brandman, who wrote the screenplays for the successful adaptation of Jesse Stone into TV movies was probably best suited of all of Parker's successors to carry on one of Parker's character series. The screenplay work gave him a natural feeling for the character's phrasing in dialogue. However, both Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice and Robert B. Parker's Killing The Blues w [...]

    • Police Chief Jesse Stone is called to the murder scene, a young prostitute killed in a seedy motel and nobody knows who she is, there’s no one to identify the body. That just pulls on Jesse’s heartstrings that a life could be taken so cavalierly and he vows to find the identity of the young woman and solve the murder. Jesse is like a dog with a bone, he digs and with the assistance the state police and Healy, he finds the girl's connection to two pimps and finds himself out of his depth in a [...]

    • It's probably a good thing this was a quick, couple-of-hours read. I doubt I'd want to spend too much more time on it.I enjoyed Robert B. Parker's writing. I liked his spare style that still managed to convey complete characters; as well as the dialogue that often had me reading sections out loud to my husband. (I have always, however, disliked the offensive language that permeates much of today's fiction.) This one falls short in the conveyance of character development. In fact, I would go so f [...]

    • A young girl from Jesse's past is found murdered at an old motel. She looks familiar but her name won't come to him. No one knows her name supposedly and Jesse has to turn to the criminal miscreants around town to find answers. One of the nursing homes in Paradise is drugging & tying their patients to their bed. One of Jesse's friends, Daniel Jacobs, has dementia & resides there. When Jesse sees the bruises & Daniel states he's being abused, the nursing home finds themselves in Jesse [...]

    • #12 in the Jesse Stone series (#3 by Michael Brandman). Brandman has done an excellent job of extending the Jesse Stone series, capturing the feel of the locale and the verbal patterns of the continuing characters. Stone was always a secondary series to Parker's Spenser and is lighter in tone. This entry is a quick read that I would recommend to series fans. First time readers might have issues with the short chapters and plentiful white space that is needed to allow the book to reach 271 pages; [...]

    • It is always a concern when a new writer takes on a known (and beloved) series. Although I didn't read all of the Robert B. Parker Jesse Stone novels, I was a huge fan of the Spenser series. I was therefore happy that Michael Brandman's take on Jesse Stone was quite a smooth transition. In some ways, it seemed too simplistic -- I feel like I zipped through two entirely different story lines. And yet that was part of Parker's gift, wasn't it? So even though it wasn't the weightiest of novels, it [...]

    • I loved the book five stars worth. This is the best non-Robert B. Parker, Robert B. Parker book so far--whether it be Spenser or Jesse Stone. Michael Brandman captured the total essence of the character. His goodness; his feelings of right and wrong; and his willingness to do what is needed to preserve and protect. Jesse, as always, is willing to walk right up to the line that divides strict legal procedures, and what it actually takes to make the bad guys pay for their miscreant actions. And he [...]

    • I've been missing members of the "Parker family" so I was pleasantly surprised to find the latest Jesse Stonebook, Damned If You Do, on my porch Saturday and dug right into it. I finished it in one sitting. I was not disappointed. Jesse ruffles a lot of feathers and gets a scary dude out to kill him while trying to solve the murder of a young prostitute. It's a typical Jesse Stone story, with appearances by Inspector Healy, Gino Fish, and his therapist Dix. I think Michael Brandman has a good ha [...]

    • I enjoyed very much this latest Jesse Stone book. The author, Michael Brandman, is carrying forward the late Robert B Parker's series. I have not read all of books in the original Stone series, but the character in this book was exactly as I expected him to be. His moods, actions, and interactions with the characters are all as I envisioned Jesse to be. The only problem I had was the portrayal of Jesse as a cat person instead of a dog person! I especially enjoyed the interaction with Jesse and h [...]

    • I keep hoping that the Jesse Stone continuation series will start to yield some rewarding results. Unfortunately, as much as I enjoy the characters, the stories by Michael Brandman are formulaic (at best) and merely passable. They are nice to be able to read but there is little to no character evolution and the characters that did arrived fully formed from Robert B. Parker are now, unfortunately, parodies of themselves and are almost unrecognizable to long time readers of Parker's Massachusetts. [...]

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