On Sale: July 1, 2001
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The author of two dozen Spenser novels as well as numerous
other works of fiction, Robert B. Parker is no stranger to
either critical or popular acclaim. With his hallmark sharp
wit and taut action, Parker has created in the Spenser
series the standard against which all contemporary detective
novels are measured, and a character considered the paragon
of private eyes. In Night Passage, Parker sets the
bar even higher, with the introduction of Jesse Stone, a
hero cut from different cloth.
After a busted
marriage kicks his drinking problem into overdrive and the
LAPD unceremoniously dumps him, the thirty-five-year-old
Stone's future looks bleak. So he's shocked when a small
Massachusetts town called Paradise recruits him as police
chief. He can't help wondering if this job is a genuine
chance to start over, the kind of offer he can't
Once on board, Jesse doesn't have to look for
trouble in Paradise: it comes to him. For what is on the
surface a quiet New England community quickly proves to be a
crucible of political and moral corruption--replete with
triple homicide, tight Boston mob ties, flamboyantly errant
spouses, maddened militiamen and a psychopath-about-town who
has fixed his violent sights on the new lawman. Against all
this, Jesse stands utterly alone, with no one to trust; even
he and the woman he's seeing are like ships that pass in the
night. He finds he must test his mettle and powers of
command to emerge a local hero--or the deadest of
As the flagship volume in a new series
featuring a complex and engaging sleuth, Night
Passage is cause for celebration.
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