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Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues: A Jesse Stone Novel

Robert B. Parker's Killing The Blues - Robert B. Parker, James Naughton, Michael Brandman I read Killing the Blues because I was curious; could another writer continue Robert B. Parker's newer Jesse Stone series of mysteries after Parker's death?After page two, it was clear -- the answer was NO.Michael Brandman tries -- and we see evidence of Parker's razor-edged dialog sprinkled throughout the book -- but overall, this book just doesn't measure up to Parker's efforts, even when Parker was pretty clearly phoning it in. At times the books reads way too flat and procedural, and at others the text actually falls to an almost pulp level. The climactic scene actually made me laugh at the clumsiness of it all. In other words, for me, the Jesse Stone series stops here.