Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater and No Exit Press for inviting me to be a part of this Blog Tour for ROBERT B PARKER’S DEBT TO PAY by Reed Ferrel Coleman
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?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
It can be difficult to come into a series when it is in full swing, this is book 15, but after author Robert Parker passed away, Reed Farrel, an established author in his own right, took on the immense task of filling his shoes and continuing with the series. This is his third Jesse Stone book. I felt that the cast of characters were well established and I was given enough information in the story to still make me feel a strong connection with them.
Debt to Pay is very much a story of revenge to even up the scores. Mr. Peepers is a creepy assassin who enjoys his work a little too much, OK he is a real nut job that made the hairs on my arms stand up and my spine shudder. He can blend all too well while he hunted down the really nice ex LAPD detective and now Chief of Police of Paradise, Massachusetts, Jesse Stone. Boy what I got from him was just a glimpse into the harsh cases he had worked on, and the mental scars that had eventually caused him to become an alcoholic, recovering sometimes and sometimes failing big style. Well if Jesse Stone is to keep one step ahead of Mr. Peepers, get the better of him and keep his friends and people he cares for safe he needs to keep sober.
It was quite strange reading this book as there was the urgency of Jesse Stone to capture Mr. Peepers but Mr. Peepers kept slowing the whole process up. He was enjoying toying with his intended victims too much. It is like no matter who chases him he is always the cat, not the mouse. But the nine lives have to come to an end at some point right? Mr. Peepers was really scary, he could sit in a room and no one would know he was there a nobody of particular interest.
Besides all the psycho stuff Jesse Stone has his love life too. Diana, an ex FBI agent I liked straight away. Quite the perfect girlfriend when there is a nutter after you really. I loved how quickly I fell into the story line, which is down to Reed Farrel’s intense writing as this story was based on past events in a previous book. I reads so smoothly with characters that were very distinctive so they were easy to keep track off. It was a very gripping story from the opening pages to the final act. I unfortunately haven’t time to go back and read all 14 before this book but I feel comfortable to continue with future books from here.
I wish to thank the publisher for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Reed Farrel Coleman’s love of storytelling originated on the streets of Brooklyn and was nurtured by his teachers, friends, and family.
A New York Times bestseller called a hard-boiled poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan and the “noir poet laureate” in the Huffington Post, Reed is the author of novels, including Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series, the acclaimed Moe Prager series, short stories, and poetry.
Reed 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 is an adjunct instructor of English at Hofstra University and a founding member of MWA University. Brooklyn born and raised, he now lives with his family–including cats Cleo and Knish–in Suffolk County on Long Island.
Robert P Parker wrote over 60 books in 37 years, and was among the top 10 best-selling authors in the world with over 15 million copies sold.
He won the prestigious Grand Master Edgar Award
Reed Farrel Coleman is a New York Times Bestseller and three-time Edgar Award nominee, who was selected by the estate of Robert P Parker to continue his legacy.
Jesse Stone TV series shown on Channel 5 starring Tom Selleck.