All is quiet in Paradise, except for a spate of innocuous vandalism.
Good thing, too, because Jesse Stone is preoccupied with the women in his life, both past and present. As his ex-wife, Jenn, is about to marry a Dallas real-estate tycoon, Jesse isn't too sure his relationship with former FBI agent Diana Evans is built to last. But those concerns get put on the back burner when a major Boston crime boss is brutally murdered. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Jesse suspects it's the work of Mr. Peepers, a psychotic assassin who has caused trouble for Jesse in the past.
Peepers has long promised revenge against the Mob, Jesse, and Suit for their roles in foiling one of his hits - and against Jenn as well. And though Jesse and Jenn have long parted ways, Jesse still feels responsible for her safety. Jesse and Diana head to Dallas for the wedding and, along with the tycoon's security team, try to stop Peepers before the bill comes due. With Peepers toying with the authorities as to when and where he'll strike, Jesse is up against the wall. Still, there's a debt to pay and blood to be spilled to satisfy it. But whose blood, and just how much?
There is a nasty, vindictive serial killer on the loose, who has been named Mr Peepers. Although I don't think he would like you to call him that to his face. He has had run ins with Jesse Stone before and his colleagues at the Paradise Police Department. This time however he is hellbent on revenge and isn't going to stop until he gets it.
Jesse's Ex Wife Jenna is getting remarried and him and his new girlfriend Diana are going to the wedding in Dallas. Trouble is it seems that Mr Peepers has Jenna in his sights as his next victim, payback seemingly the motive. However is everything as it seems?
Jesse Stone is an alcoholic, a good man trying to the right thing and a loyal colleague. I liked him very much. I enjoyed the dynamic between him and his colleagues. The casting and description of the characters in this book is superb.
Whilst pretty far retching and at times very gruesome the plot of this book is believable and exciting. I found it entirely absorbing, sitting down and reading it one go. A superb plot but it really is the characters that drive this story. A classic case of scattered clues and a game of Cat and Mouse drives the pace.
Interested to read more from this series as I found this book to be utterly entrancing, exhilarating and just the rollercoaster of a crime novel that I like to read. Really recommend this one.
About the Author:
Called a hard-boiled poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan and the 'noir poet
laureate' in the Huffington Post, Reed Farrel Coleman is the author of novels
(including the acclaimed Moe Prager series), short stories and poetry.
He is a three-time Edgar Award nominee in three different categories—Best
Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story—and a three-time recipient of
the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel of the Year. He has also won the Audie,
Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards.
A former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America, Reed Farrel
Coleman is an adjunct instructor of English at Hofstra University and a founding
member of MWA University. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now lives with his
family in Suffolk County on Long Island.
You can find him on Twitter: @ReedFColeman
or on his Website: http://reedcoleman.com/
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