Winner, clever and thrilling are
Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay
by Reed Farrel Coleman
G.P. Putnam’s Sons (2016)
Winner, clever and thrilling are all words that have been used to describe Reed Farrel Coleman’s rendition of Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay. In the newest addition to the series, The Devil Wins, Coleman continues the series with the discovery of a recently shot man and the skeletal remains of two girls who had been missing for over two decades. So, come out to The WD and get your own copy of this thrilling mystery as Coleman signs and presents his fantastic interpretation of the Jesse Stone novels. Daniel J. Hale will join us to moderate the talk.
In Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay, 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?
Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.
Reed Farrel Coleman, author of the New York Times–bestselling Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins, has published twenty-four previous novels, including nine books in the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series, and most recently, Where It Hurts featuring Gus Murphy. A three-time winner of the Shamus Award, he has also won the Anthony, Macavity, Barry, and Audie Awards. Coleman lives with his family on Long Island.
Daniel J. Hale is an Agatha Award-winning author and a two-time former Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America. He teaches with The Writer’s Path at Southern Methodist University. His short story In The Air appears in the Dallas Noir anthology. Hale speaks fluent French and holds degrees from Cornell University, the Bowen School of Law and SMU. www.danieljhale.com
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