Friday, April 8, 2016
Review of Night Passage by Robert Parker (Jove, 1997)
Night Passage is the first novel in the Jesse Stone series. Stone is a typical flawed but dedicated cop, an alcoholic who’s trying to straighten his life out after his wife cheated and then left him. Hired as the new chief of police he finds himself in a small town that has its share of colourful characters and troubling events. Parker has an engaging voice and the pace and plot keeps the pages turning. However, while the story is entertaining it’s also rather fanciful as the delusions of a local kingpin and his bodybuilder enforcer are used to create a series of plot devices. Moreover, Jesse’s relationship with his ex-wife seemed somewhat forced and the denouement is a little flat. The result is a tale that rattles along and is enjoyable, but also felt a bit overly contrived.