Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do
Written by Michael Brandman
Review written by Ron Ellis
Ron Ellis is a journalist and author of the Johnny Ace books
No Exit Press
Released: August 28, 2014
I think it must be the inevitable influence of the texting age but it seems that the most successful books these days are written in the style of the Janet and John Early Readers. But Robert B. Parker knew this years ago.
As demonstrated by modern TV programmes 'which switch from scene to scene and back again in 30 second clips, the short attention span of audiences today demands simplicity.
It has its advantages of course. I found I could get through this new ‘Robert B. Parker’ book in a couple of hours. After co-writing and producing his TV scripts, Michael Brandman sure knows how to copy the old boy’s style.
And what a pleasure to find a story told in 192 pages, just like the old days, instead of being padded out with 400 pages of endless repetition to make it look like a blockbuster.
There are two main themes in this book. Number one. Top Boston cop, Jesse Stone is trying to shut down a care home for maltreatment of its aged residents. And, at the same time, he has to solve the murder of a young girl found in a seedy hotel. The girl is a prostitute her death is connected to a power struggle between two local pimps, Thomas Walker and Big Boy Nelly, the new boy on the block.
Like Sydney Sheldon’s best-sellers, with most of the writing being in dialogue the book often reads like a synopsis for a film. Still, given the success of Tom Selleck playing the Jesse Stone role in the popular CBS TV series, it quite possibly is.