Mike Lupica has been entrusted with continuing the main characters in two of the enormously popular and profitable crime fiction series started by the late Robert B. Parker. In his first two attempts, well-plotted yarns featuring Boston private eye Sunny Randall, he successfully mimicked Parker’s distinctive prose style characterized by ironic dialogue and short sentences that jitterbug across the page.
But Robert B. Parker’s Fool’s Paradise, Lupica’s first attempt at a Jesse Stone novel, gets off to an agonizingly snow start, employs one of the most over-used tropes in crime fiction, and strays from Parker’s style with a lot of long, discursive paragraphs. The end result is an unexpected disappointment.
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