Brutality. Fans of the Jesse Stone series created by Robert B. Parker will find some familiar elements in Michael Brandman’s debut effort, Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues. The short chapters with simple sentences are there, just weaker. The protagonist, Jesse Stone, remains a complex character, but somehow less appealing. The plot progresses with confidence, and by the end, the issues are resolved and justice is done. But Parker would never have had the dogs killed. This novel is worth a quick read to see the difference between Parker and Brandman. I’m not likely to read another Brandman novel.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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