Reading a Robert B. Parker novel is like returning home after a long absence. He has proven time and again that straightforward stories with familiar characters never lose their appeal. Fans are grateful that Michael Brandman has been blessed with the ability to carry on the legacy.
Once again, trouble comes to Paradise. Paradise, MA, that is, a small coastal town that often manages to attract more action than might be expected by those who call it home. Police Chief Jesse Stone is never unduly surprised, however, since he worked several years for the Los Angeles Police Department. LA's loss was Paradise's gain when Jesse relocated after being fired for inappropriate behavior while intoxicated on duty. But he has proven himself to be an excellent officer once he stopped drinking, much to the chagrin of the town officials who felt it would be easy to manipulate a drinker. Not to say that Jesse is abstinent, but he seldom ever lets alcohol take control anymore and limits his imbibing to one scotch or two beers a day. Usually.
"[L]est anyone think this is a warm, fuzzy Mayberry-USA story, it is definitely full of enough action, plotting and surprises to keep everyone engaged. Guaranteed not to cause yawns or impatience, its only downside is having the book end and waiting for the next episode."
In FOOL ME TWICE, trouble comes in several different forms. One is a bratty teenager who almost kills a man with her Mercedes while texting. She is completely unrepentant and threatens Jesse with her daddy's money and power if he arrests her. Another is a bratty film star. Marisol Hinton is in town to film a movie; she's completely self-focused, demanding and manipulative. Jesse's small town police department is stretched to the limit when it is discovered that Marisol's ex-husband is stalking her. Then there is William Goodwin, Commissioner of the Paradise Water and Pow