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Robert B Parker’s ‘Colorblind ‘by Reed Farrel Coleman
Published by No Exit Press, 21 November
2019. ISBN 978-0-85730-286-1 (PBO)
Jesse Stone returns to his post of
Town Sheriff of Paradise after two months in a rehabilitation clinic for alcoholics.His key members of staff are still in post
and there is only person in the jail - Cole Slayton, a young man arrested for
being drunk and disorderly.Jesse is somewhat
surprised by his provocative attitude, but he issues instructions to release
him.And then his day begins.He goes to the neighbouring town of Swan
Harbor, where there has been a serious assault on an African American woman,
which bears similarities to one that Jesse was involved in some years
previously.And there is more trouble
brewing - a white supremacist group has arrived in the area and its leader is
looking stir things up.To add to the
mix, it looks as though Alisha, one of his deputies and the first black woman
hired by the Paradise Police Department, is being framed.
works with his colleagues to understand what is going on, to identify what
actually happened at the scene of the assault, and to keep a grip on the
activities of the white supremacists.
is the fifth of Reed Farrel Coleman’s novels in this long-running and
multi-authored series, Though it is a well-established series, it isn’t
necessary to have read any of the other books as the characters and their roles
are well written.The plot is complex
with false leads and an interesting ending for Jesse (though readers may well
work this out quite early on).The short
chapters help to build up the tempo and the tension develops nicely.This is a book for fans and newcomers alike.
Jo Hesslewood Other
books in this series: The Hangman’s
Sonnet, Blind Spot, The Devil Wins, Debt to Pay
Farrel Colemanwas born
29 March 1956. He has been called a hard-boiled poet by NPR s Maureen Corrigan
and the noir poet laureate in The Huffington Post. He has published
twenty-three novels, including nine books in the critically acclaimed Moe Prager
series, and most recently, Where It Hurts. He is a three-time recipient
of the Shamus Award for Best Detective Novel of the Year, a winner of the Barry
and Anthony Awards, and is a two-time Edgar Award nominee. Coleman lives with
his family on Long Island."
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh and came to
Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on
Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies.
Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has
published plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of
women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in
her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.