Article published on September 22, 2016.
In the wake of a huge storm, three bodies are discovered in the rubble of an abandoned factory building in an industrial part of Paradise known as The Swap. One body, a man’s, wrapped in a blue tarp, is only hours old. But found within feet of that body are the skeletal remains of two teenage girls who had gone missing during a Fourth of July celebration twenty-five years earlier. Not only does that crime predate Jesse Stone’s arrival in Paradise, but the dead girls were close friends of Jesse’s right hand, Officer Molly Crane. And things become even more complicated when one of the dead girls’ mothers returns to Paradise to bury her daughter and is promptly murdered. It’s up to Police Chief Jesse Stone to pull away the veil of the past to see how all the murders are connected.
‘I really liked that you could feel the spirit of Parker in The Devil Wins but also that Coleman has found a way of making the characters his own too.’
‘The reader’s interest is maintained throughout the whole of the book by a story which evolves in a well-structured manner with a welcome absence of disconnected jumps in the narrative.’
‘I think it could work in a book club setting too as there are some interesting themes about small communities and secrets running throughout.’
‘Don’t be put off by this being the 14th book as I found it very easy to get a grasp of who’s who and the style of the writing’
‘For what seems like a fairly run of the mill and rather old fashioned style crime novel I was soon pleasantly surprised.’
‘A well planned and sophisticated murder mystery with complex characters.’
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Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins by Reed Farrel Coleman, published on 22 September by No Exit Press, in paperback