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Ornery Jesse Stone again puts justice ahead of the law in Brandman's assured third continuation of Parker's series featuring the Massachusetts smalltown police chief (after 2012's Fool Me Twice). Stone has two serious matters on his plate: endemic patient abuse at a nursing home and the stabbing murder of an unidentified prostitute at a motel. Donnie Jacobs is in the first stages of Alzheimer's, but Stone is shocked to find him in fear of physical abuse and frequently sedated. Stone's hackles are raised even higher when he learns that the owners of Golden Horizons Retirement Village have a track record of patient neglect and mistreatment, making him determined to bring them to book any way he can. Getting traction on the homicide requires the detective to reach out to unsavory underworld figures. This will be comfort food for Parker fans, but others may find it a tad bland. Agent: Helen Brann, Helen Brann Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Brandman's third Jesse Stone installment after Parker's death (after Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice) will help meet insatiable demand for all things Parker. Expect holds. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/13.] (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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The girl is young, pretty, and looks vaguely familiar to Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone. She's also dead. She checked into the decaying bungalow resort with cash and an alias: undoubtedly, a working girl. Jesse feels he at least needs to determine her identity to avoid the indignity of an unmarked Jane Doe grave. The man who might provide a starting point is Gino Fish, the Boston crime boss. Gino claims to know nothing, but he sends a pimp named Thomas Walker to Stone. Meanwhile, Stone is dealing with a nursing-home runaway who happens to be an old friend with midstage Alzheimer's. He's being mistreated, but how do you take down a billion-dollar health-care conglomerate? In the end, Jesse has a more favorable view of the sex industry than he does of some health-care purveyors. Brandman, who worked closely with Parker on the Jesse Stone television movies, does a fine job moving the Jesse Stone series forward. He continues to be the gold standard for mystery writers attempting to preserve the Parker brand.--Lukowsky, Wes Copyright 2010 Booklist