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First, let it be said that James Naughton delivers a remarkable performance consider the material from which he had to work.
The 15th book in the Stone series is the third by Reed Farrel Coleman. Coleman took over writing duties from Michael Brandman, who handled the screenplay for the Tom Selleck made-for-television versions of the Jesse Stone books. Brandman and Selleck understood Parker's Jesse Stone, and the subsequent books and narrations were superior. In fact, Brandman may have even done a better job with the books than Parker himself.
"Debt to Pay," which is a sequel to book 13, "Blind Spot," does little justice to the Parker franchise.
"Blind Spot" was one of those books that when you hit pause, you might never hit play again. In fact, I didn't. I realized part of the way into "Debt to Pay" that I never finished that book.
I've gotten about half-way through "Debt to Pay" and it's flow is so aggravatingly slow that I'm returning the book to Audible.
The plot is borrowed from a bad plot from which to begin. It's far-fetched, filled with cliches, and poorly organized. I found myself thinking that the plot was almost as if someone said, "Coleman, you have to write one Jesse Stone book every year." To which the author responded, "Oh, okay, I'll have it to you in a couple of weeks."
Essentially, I believe the plot is thoughtless, contrived and poorly executed. I could not finish the book. "Blind Spot" was equally poor, but I thought Coleman's second book, "Killing the Blues" showed some promise.
I noticed when I downloaded it, all of the reviews--there were only half a dozen--were 2-star overalls. I should have taken greater heed.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
What would have made Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay better?
Story line was not topical to anything that Parker would have written. To be truthful this was much more like a Steven King book.
What do you think your next listen will be?
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
He didn't have much to work with.
What character would you cut from Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay?
It doesn't matter it not a Parker book.
Any additional comments?
I really don't know how good of bad this book is, what it is, is Robert B Parker characters and put them a different authors book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This was a bold story, killing of a regular character is always contentious, but with this it doesn't gel. Vinnie Morris or Healy would've gone to Spenser or Hawk, not to a police chief Vinnie hardly knows.
Not sure how much more mileage they can get out of this, Coleman has made a lot of significant changes that cannot be undone.
James Naughton is great as usual, this book just left me feeling a bit flat.