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Jesse Stone is the lead character in a series of detective novels written by Robert B. Parker. They were among his last works, and the first series in which the novelist used the third-person narrative. The series consists of nine books, starting with Night Passage (1997) and ending with Split Image (2010), which Parker completed before his death in January 2010 but did not live to see published. The series was initially continued by Michael Brandman. In April 2014, Reed Farrel Coleman assumed the writing of the series.The novels have been adapted into nine TV films. The first eight films were commissioned by CBS, and aired from 2005 to 2012. A ninth film was picked up by the Hallmark Channel, and aired on October 18, 2015. A tenth film was under consideration in 2017. Overview The character begins the series at about 35 years old. He is a former minor league baseball shortstop whose career was cut short by a shoulder injury. He was raised in Arizona and California. He was asked to resign from his job as a homicide detective for the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division because of a drinking problem that began after his divorce from his beautiful wife, Jennifer. Showing up drunk to an interview for a job as police chief for the small town of Paradise, Massachusetts (loosely based on the real town of Marblehead, Massachusetts), Stone is hired because the corrupt president of the town board of selectmen thinks he will be easy to control. Stone quickly notices that the town has big league crimes, struggling with the mob, wildly errant wives and a triple homicide, and that his job will be more difficult than he expected. But, he proves up to the task, beginning with making a corruption case against the town council president and arresting him. In the novels Stone typically carries a .38 Special snubnosed revolver, the same weapon that he carried as an LAPD detective.The series chronicles Stone's cases as chief of the Paradise Police Department, as well as his struggles with alcohol and his complicated relationship with his ex-wife Jenn. He is respected and well liked by the police officers in the town police department. He develops a good working relationship and friendship with the State Police Homicide Commander, Captain Healy. The character of Jesse Stone, a deeply troubled man, was a departure for the author. Parker, comparing Stone to Spenser, the protagonist of his first series and the one for which he was best known, said, "Jesse is a much more damaged individual who is coming to terms with himself as he goes along."There is some overlap of characters with the Spenser books, notably with Healy and Sunny Randall, and (in Night and Day) indirectly with Susan Silverman. Novels By Robert B. Parker: Night Passage (September 1997) ISBN 978-0-399-14304-5 Trouble in Paradise (September 1998) ISBN 978-0-399-14433-2 Death in Paradise (October 2001) ISBN 978-0-399-14779-1 Stone Cold (October 2003) ISBN 978-0-399-15087-6 Sea Change (February 2006) ISBN 978-0-399-15267-2 High Profile (February 2007) ISBN 978-0-399-15404-1 Stranger In Paradise (February 2008) ISBN 978-0-399-15460-7 Night and Day (February 2009) ISBN 978-0-399-15541-3 Split Image (February 2010) ISBN 978-0-399-15623-6By Michael Brandman: Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues (September 2011) ISBN 978-0-399-15784-4 Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice (September 2012) ISBN 978-0-399-15949-7 Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do (September 2013) ISBN 978-0-399-15950-3By Reed Farrel Coleman Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot, G.P. Putnam (September 2014) ISBN 978-0-399-16945-8 Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins, G.P. Putnam (2015) Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay, G.P. Putnam (September 13, 2016) ISBN 978-0-399-17143-7 Robert B. Parker's The Hangman's Sonnet, G.P. Putnam (September 12, 2017) ISBN 978-0-399-17144-4 Robert B. Parker's Colorblind G.P. Putnam's Sons (September 11, 2018) ISBN 978-0399574948 Robert B. Parker's The Bitterest Pill G.P. Putnam's Sons (September 10, 2019) ISBN 978-0399574979By Mike Lupica Robert B. Parker's Fool's Paradise, G.P. Putnam (September 8, 2020) ISBN 978-0525542087Television adaptations CBS (and later the Hallmark Channel) adapted the novels as a series of movie specials starring Tom Selleck in the title role; the first was aired in 2005 and the most recent in 2015. Robert Harmon has directed all but one of the films (Dick Lowry directed Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost), and Jeff Beal has provided original music. Select scores from the movies were released on a limited edition CD by Varèse Sarabande in 2009. The films stay relatively true to storylines and character, with exceptions made mostly for television network viewing. With the fifth film, Selleck and Michael Brandman took over the screen writing, and took the films in new directions. The premise begins when the town council forced Jesse Stone out of his job as the Paradise Chief of Police. The council dubbed it "early retirement" and granted Stone a partial pension. As such, Stone was also granted the right to carry concealed firearms, without having a "concealed carry" permit. Captain Healy hires Stone as an occasional "temporary consultant" to assist on certain state police investigations. Stone insists that he will get back his old job as chief. In the eighth film of the series, Stone is restored as the Chief of Police after the incumbent is murdered. The chairman of the town council asks Stone to return as Chief and catch the killer. Stone's buddy, his Golden Retriever Reggie (played by Joe the dog), watches over Stone and plays an important supporting role in the series. Tom Selleck plays the character as straight from the novels as possible; he is older (late fifties/early sixties vs. late thirties in the books) than Stone. The author, Robert B. Parker, said that he found the Jesse Stone films the most accurate television adaptations of his novels. On his blog, he wrote that "Tom nails the character".The cast of the films has included the following regular characters: Kohl Sudduth as Officer Luther "Suitcase" Simpson. Kathy Baker as Officer Rose Gammon. Viola Davis as Officer Molly Crane. The character was replaced by Rose Gammon in Sea Change. Vito Rezza as Officer Anthony D'Angelo, a Paradise Police deputy. The character was written out of the series in Benefit of the Doubt. Stephen McHattie as Captain Healy, head of the Massachusetts State Police Homicide Division. William Devane as Dr. Dix, a former police officer turned therapist, whom Stone sees for help with his drinking and other personal issues. Saul Rubinek as Hastings "Hasty" Hathaway, an auto salesman and formerly corrupt town council president who befriends Stone. William Sadler as Gino Fish, an organized crime boss who likes Stone, despite their being on opposite sides of the law. Gino sometimes assists Stone on cases with information.A featured piece of music is Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118 (Brahms) no.2. Filmography Stone Cold (February 20, 2005) Je.... Discover the Michael Brandman popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Michael Brandman books.

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