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Publisher's Summary

The brilliant new novel in Robert B. Parker's New York Times best-selling series featuring police chief Jesse Stone.
All is quiet in Paradise, except for a spate of innocuous vandalism. Good thing, too, because Jesse Stone is preoccupied with the women in his life, both past and present. As his ex-wife, Jenn, is about to marry a Dallas real-estate tycoon, Jesse isn't too sure his relationship with former FBI agent Diana Evans is built to last. But those concerns get put on the back burner when a major Boston crime boss is brutally murdered. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Jesse suspects it's the work of Mr. Peepers, a psychotic assassin who has caused trouble for Jesse in the past.
Peepers has long promised revenge against the Mob, Jesse, and Suit for their roles in foiling one of his hits - and against Jenn as well. And though Jesse and Jenn have long parted ways, Jesse still feels responsible for her safety. Jesse and Diana head to Dallas for the wedding and, along with the tycoon's security team, try to stop Peepers before the bill comes due. With Peepers toying with the authorities as to when and where he'll strike, Jesse is up against the wall. Still, there's a debt to pay and blood to be spilled to satisfy it. But whose blood, and just how much?
©2016 Reed Farrel Coleman (P)2016 Random House Audio
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2 out of 5 stars
By Eric J. Toll on 09-18-16

Bring back Michael Brandman or retire the series

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.

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2 out of 5 stars
By John S. Johnston on 09-25-16

RB Parker would have not written this.

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?

Something fun.

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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs W. on 08-13-17

Still missing something

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.

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