After a busted marriage kicks his drinking problem into overdrive and the LAPD unceremoniously dumps him, the thirty-five-year-old Jesse 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 refuse.
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 dupes.
As the flagship volume in a new series featuring a complex and engaging sleuth, Night Passage is cause for celebration.
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Not my favorite but a quick read...User Review - JR Reardon - Borders
Those of you who have read other reviews know that I stumbled upon an old tupperware tub in my house filled with old books belonging to myself and my husband. I have since read a few of Robert Parker ... Read full review
I was introduced to Robert Parker's Jesse Stone series quite by accident, when a friend passed on some paperback mysteries to me, which included Stranger in Paradise. I was immediately hooked, and am now going back to read all the books in order. I am in love with Parker's sparse, elegantly simple prose. It puts me in mind of Hemingway.