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ROBERT B. PARKER'S STONE'S THROW by Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica's second Jesse Stone continuation finds Paradise, Massachussetts mayor Neil O'Hara dead, possibly by suicide, on a stretch of land nicknamed The Throw, delaying its much-anticipated sale. The case is personal for Jesse. Neil was a friend, his wife Kate an old flame.

Book design: Elke Sigal
Not having read Parker's final few Stone novels, I didn't know of Jesse's connections to Neil and Kate prior to this book, but it hints at enough backstory itself. Meanwhile, Lupica also draws on Deputy Chief Molly Crane's history with original Parker tough Wilson "Crow" Cromartie, back in Paradise at the behest of a potential Throw buyer.


With Lupica's takeover of both the Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone series, I wondered how distinct he would keep them. Robert B. Parker's Stone's Throw answers from its first sentence. Jesse's affinity for the O'Haras effectively complicates the progress of the investigation, Lupica again parceling out surprises until the final page.

Robert B. Parker's Stone's Throw will be published September 7. Thanks as always to G.P. Putnam's Sons' Katie McKee for the advance copy.

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