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Summary

In Stone Cold, Police Chief Jesse Stone has a problem - actually, two problems - dead bodies turning up, and no clues. A man takes his dog out for a run on the beach, only to be discovered hour later with two holes in his chest. A woman drives her Volvo to the mall to do some grocery shopping, never makes it back to her house and is found dead.

Investigating a serial killer in an affluent suburban town is difficult, and with the added pressures from the town selectmen and media, the heat is turned up on Jesse. The harder these outside forces push against him, the more Jesse retreats into himself, convinced - despite all the odds - that it's up to him alone to stop the killing.

©2003 Robert B. Parker (P)2003, 2014 New Millennium Entertainment, Phoenix Books

Critic reviews

"Told in third-person prose that's a model of economy, with sharp action sequences, deep yet unobtrusive character exploration...this is prime Parker, testament to why he was named a Grand Master at the 2002 Edgar Awards." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Great story.

Really enjoyed this. I got after seeing the Tom Selleck TV film. Yes there are differences, but the bulk of the plot is the same.
Enjoyed the narration although in my head I could hear Tom's voice!

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  • Patty
  • 28-09-09

HE SAID, SHE SAID

With 9 out of 10 sentences ending in "SAID", it's too disconcerting to listen to. Poor writing.

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  • Wild Wise Woman
  • 26-03-11

A great introduction to a new (to me) character

I've been a big fan of the late Robert B. Parker's Spenser for many years, and read about half of the those books in audio form. They are always very good, and occasionally great. I had never read a Jesse Stone novel until I came across this short one in a recent Audible Sale, and seeing that it was read by my hometown hero, Robert Forster, I couldn't resist.

The book was great, and I look forward to seeking out the rest of the novels in this series, especially if they are read by Forster. I know his thick Raaachester accent irritates some who aren't used to it, but his characterizations and smooth demeanor are dead-on for this type of book. Great fun!

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  • jimbo
  • 22-05-21

Stone Cold is Great!

I really like the Jesse Stone novels and the series that featured Tom Selleck. This book is one of the best in the series. I enjoyed listening to this audio book. It is a nice mix of relationships, character development, intrigue, suspense, and solving cases.

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  • Joe
  • 03-04-21

Reallly hit the right spot.!!

loved the story of the struggles between a man and a women in love, that lost their way.... Oh , and a serial murder mystery mixed in!

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  • Steven Smith
  • 26-12-20

Fast Read

Couldnt put it down or Turn off. Looking forword to next book. Also different turn in film

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  • Dr. Joe de Beauchamp
  • 30-09-20

Stone Cold

Stone Cold was a great book and a very good movie as well. I enjoyed the audible book as much as I did to Tom Selleck movie.

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  • Paul D vermillion
  • 25-06-18

I love the hole series.

I love the series. I have been backward. I first saw all the movies then started listening to the book on my 45 minutes drive. Am hooked.

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  • Chris T
  • 01-05-17

Jesse Stone deals with 2 sets of sexual predators

This story deals with sexual predators which can be heavy but was handled well. The Tom Sellek TV version I thought captured the best of the book and even improved on the storyline.

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  • bebe
  • 17-09-16

Interesting story

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The reader is excellent and the story kept my attention. Robert Parker always was able to tell a good story. i listened to all the Spencer novels and enjoyed them thoroughly. This was the first Jesse Stone novel I have listened to. He is a good character, but I do not like his ex wife, Jen. He deserves much better. The story line here is very interesting. The serial killers are a wealthy married couple who find killing a sexual bonding experience. Jesse becomes their target. I will get another Jesse Stone book and see how his life turns out. I wish him well.

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  • Montanan
  • 28-01-14

Robert Forster is Jesse Stone

I was very glad I had seen a couple of the TV shows staring "Jesse Stone". It gave immediate faces etc. to many of the characters. The star of the TV show has a voice and inflections extremely close to Robert Forster.

A good story and fun listen.