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Publisher's Summary

A nor'easter blows into Paradise and churns up the past in the stunning new addition to Robert B. Parker's New York Times best-selling series featuring Police Chief Jesse Stone.

In the wake of a huge storm, three bodies are discovered in the rubble of an abandoned factory building in an industrial part of Paradise known as The Swap. One body, a man's, wrapped in a blue tarp, is only hours old. But found within feet of that body are the skeletal remains of two teenage girls who had gone missing during a Fourth of July celebration 25 years earlier. Not only does that crime predate Jesse Stone's arrival in Paradise, but the dead girls were close friends of Jesse's right hand: Officer Molly Crane. And things become even more complicated when one of the dead girls' mothers returns to Paradise to bury her daughter and is promptly murdered. It's up to Police Chief Jesse Stone to pull away the veil of the past to see how all the murders are connected.

©2015 Random House Audio; 2015 Reed Farrel Coleman

Critic Reviews

“Coleman does a remarkable job of developing the character.... Both a fine mystery story and a satisfying portrait of an emerging character that readers will look forward to hearing more from soon.” (Associated Press)

The Devil Wins is such a winner of a novel that Parker’s loyal fans and Coleman’s new ones will be equally delighted by his skills. This series can run forever in these new capable hands and readers will eagerly await each new book about Jesse Stone. I know I will." (The Huffington Post)

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another R B P triumph.

jesse stone is a great character; tough, honest and empathetic. the narration was first class.I really enjoyed this.

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  • Me & My Girls
  • 14-09-2015

I Miss You RBP

This is the author's second work in the Jesse Stone series; Michael Brandman stopped at three and it is my hope that RFC will as well. I liked this book as I did the previous book Blind Spot but the author appears to be drifting away from the original character. Though I appreciate that the author has excluded the depiction of Officer Molly Crane as sitcom shrew that Brandman had adopted in place of humor; in RFC's books humor appears to have been totally abandoned. Furthermore their was more discussion of God and religion in this book than the sixty or so written by Parker. I would prefer to see this series be taken over by a writer who possess at least a minimal sense of humor. I have enjoyed both books by this author but I am ready for a writer more in line with the Robert Parker's style.

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  • Michael
  • 10-02-2016

LOVED IT

This was best Jesse Stone in a while! I got to work one morning and had to force myself out of the car because it was so good and I couldn't tear myself away! LOL

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-2016

Jesse Stone

Great Jesse Stone story! Loved the narrator James Naughton. It was a pleasure to hear it.

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  • Kaye Coleman
  • 17-06-2017

What a terrific story!

James Naughton did a wonderful job. The author told a fantastic story. Remember forever.

Thank you.

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  • Fran Foster
  • 18-11-2015

Boring Beyond Belief !!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one who has ever read or listened to the "original" Jesse Stone books by Robert B. Parker.

What was most disappointing about Reed Farrel Coleman’s story?

There was a story ?? It was more a cut and paste outline using bits and pieces from other Jesse Stone books - tossing in character names left, right and center without giving them an actual role in the plot. For example - Jen calling Jesse on the telephone while he was entertaining a female "friend."

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I have heard other audios by this narrator and enjoyed them but he sounded a little tired - guess he too was bored.

What character would you cut from Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins?

Sorry - there were too many to count.

Any additional comments?

The original Jesse Stone would have known immediately who the killer was - it was so obvious.

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  • Jhbdesign
  • 14-09-2015

Perfection

This is like Robert B Parker wrote it himself. Truly excellent writing. The story is just like the ones Parker used to write.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-2021

Solid Jesse Stone story.

While I do agree with some critics of this story, that being the characters slightly differ from previous novels and of course the tv series....I honestly enjoyed this story.

I give it a solid 10/10.

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  • Bev Dyrdek
  • 22-04-2021

What happened to this series?

This author is systematically destroying everything good about this series. It’s dark and sick now.

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  • Mary
  • 09-01-2021

Another great Jesse Stone adventure

I really love this whole Jesse Stone series. Having recently come back to them I forgot just how much I enjoy them! I just watched the series on Amazon prime with Tom Selleck, who in my opinion is waaaay too old to play Jesse, and that made me want to listen to them again. I love the characters and James Naughton’s narration is spot on. I will be reading more in the future!

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  • Dr. Joe de Beauchamp
  • 29-10-2020

Dr. Parker

This Jesse Stone novel has mysteries with those familiar characters. His blended characters and murder thriller will keep you on edge of your seat.

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  • Happy Customer
  • 17-03-2021

Good story

enjoyed the story and narration that brought the characters to life. would recommend to listeners.

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  • Demonica
  • 12-06-2016

Not actually entirely written by Parker

I didn't read the small print and didn't realise Robert Parker didn't entirely write all this story. Not quite the same.

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