Review: ‘Colorblind’ is well-written, fast-paced yarn
"Robert B. Parker's Colorblind" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Reed Farrel Coleman
Small-town Massachusetts Police Chief Jesse Stone's lifelong drinking problem hit bottom in "The Hangman's Sonnet" as he anguished over the death of his fiancee, who was murdered in "Debt to Pay."
Now, in "Colorblind," Reed Farrel Coleman's fifth Jesse Stone novel (the latest installment in a series originated by the late Robert B. Parker), Stone returns to work after a long overdue month in rehab.
"Only to Sleep: a Philip Marlow Novel" (Hogarth), by Lawrence Osborne
As only the third author ever authorized by Raymond Chandler's estate to write a Philip Marlowe novel, Lawrence Osborne declares, in his postscript to "Only to Sleep," that the task was "perilous."
He's got that right. After all, even crime fiction legend Robert B. Parker wasn't up to it, producing two Marlowe novels that are best forgotten.
Making our way through life requires healthy doses of courage and the ability to think clearly. Everyone makes mistakes; it's part of the human condition. Remembering our mistakes enables us to avoid repeating them, and learning from them enables us to grow. And all of us all have some things we are afraid of. Try as we might to avoid being confronted with our fears, often we don't have a choice. The positive outcome of that confrontation and our resulting actions at that time can help us understand that we are more capable than we previously thought. Today's reviewed books take a look at this in different ways. Take a look for yourself, then dive them with a child in your life to encourage thoughts of courage, making good choices, and taking action on both.
Review: Robert B. Parker’s ‘Revelation’
"Robert B. Parker's Revelation" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Robert Knott
The late Robert B. Parker made a career — a very successful, almost 40-year one — out of a series of flawed-hero protagonists: Spenser, Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone among them. They had at one point or another strayed from the good-guy path, but they were all good guys. Their common denominators were a nagging conscience and ties to modern-day Boston.