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Jesse Stone Books In Order

Publication Order of Jesse Stone Books

Night Passage (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble in Paradise (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in Paradise (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stone Cold (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sea Change (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Profile (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stranger In Paradise (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night and Day (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Split Image (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killing the Blues (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fool Me Twice (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Damned If You Do (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blind Spot (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil Wins (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Debt To Pay (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Derived from the mind of the famous author, Robert B. Parker, the fictional character Jesse Stone is not the typical chief of police. Born and raised in Arizona and California, Jesse originally set out in his career to be a minor league baseball shortstop, but injured the shoulder of his throwing arm. After his wife, Jennifer, files for divorce, Jesse’s life goes spiraling out of control. He becomes an alcoholic and loses his job as a homicide detective for the Las Angeles Police Department. In the beginning of this book series, Jesse starts out to be about 35 years old.

With no light at the end of the tunnel to be seen, Jesse is surprised when he is hired as chief of police for the small town of Paradise, Massachusetts (based on the actual town of Swampscott, Massachusetts.) After showing up to the interview intoxicated, Jesse is unaware that he was only hired because the corrupted president of the town council felt he would be easily controlled. It doesn’t take long for Jesse to realize just how corrupted this seemingly innocent town has become. Seeing this as an opportunity to turn his life around, Jesse battles with his alcoholism and the corruption of his town, starting with the town council president.

Writing Career

From what readers know, Jesse Stone has played in the minor leagues which he had to retire from due to injuring his shoulder, worked as a detective for the Las Angeles Police Department for which is was forced to resign, and the Chief of Police for the Paradise Police Department. After the final book written by Parker, the films take Jesse’s career in yet another direction. Throughout the beginning of the series, Jesse carries a .38 Special Smith and Wesson Model 36 snub-nosed revolver. However, in the films Jesse, played by Tom Selleck, carries a Smith and Wesson Model SW1911SC .45 pistol.

Awards and Nominations

Tom Selleck, received two nominations in the year 2007 for the film Sea Change; nominations for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, and the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. The film itself also received nominations for the year 2008 American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography and the 2008 Canada Society of Cinematographers award for Best Cinematography in TV Drama. Both of these nominations were received by Rene Ohashi. In 2010, Rene was once again nominated for these awards for the film Thin Ice, and won both of them. Also in 2010, No Remorse, was given the American Society of Cinematographers award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. This award was received by David Gribble.

Night Passage

Night Passage is the first of the Stone novels, written by Robert B. Parker. It introduces Jesse as a thirty five (35) year old detective who had been laid off by the Las Angeles Police Department, lost his chances to play minor league baseball due to a shoulder injury, being left by his wife, and on the verge of becoming an alcoholic. With a bleak looking future ahead of him, Jesse moves across the country to accept the position of Chief of Police for the Paradise Police Department in Massachusetts. He soon discovers that Paradise is not as heavenly as it sounds when corruption begins to rear its ugly head. Jesse has to stand up for justice and become the local hero.

Trouble in Paradise

In the second part of this series, Jesse has settled well into his new life and career in Paradise. His wife is back in the picture when she moves to Massachusetts. They begin dating again but Jennifer does not seem willing to commit to Jesse. Trouble in Paradise tells how Jesse attempts to take down ex convict Jimmy Macklin after he is released from prison. Macklin and his gang attempt to rob Stiles Island, an island off the coast of Paradise where mainly the wealthy reside.

Other Novels Starring Jesse Stone

Jesse goes on to play the lead role in ten other novels written by Robert B. Parker, including Death in Paradise, Stone Cold, Sea Change, High Profile, Stranger in Paradise, Night and Day, Split Image, Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues, Robert B. Parker’s Fool Me Twice, and Robert B. Parker’s Damned if You Do.

Jesse Stone on Film

In February of 2005, CBS released the very first Jesse Stone film, Stone Cold on television with Jesse Stone played by Tom Sellick. Although it is the fourth novel of the Stone series, it was the first to be made into a film. The prequel to Stone Cold, Night Passage was filmed in January of 2006. The year 2006 also brought Jesse’s next film Death in Paradise. In the year 2007, Sea Change was filmed, receiving the first nomination for awards of any of the films. The Stone film continued on through 2012 with Thin Ice, No Remorse, Innocents Lost, and Benefit of the Doubt. At this point CBS decided not to make another Stone film despite the popularity of the series. This was due to the fact that television was leaning more in the direction of shorter-episode television series, and that its primary audience was the older generations.

The Man behind Jesse Stone

Robert Brown Parker was born on September 17, 1932 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He married his life long friend Joan in 1956, and they had two sons, David and Daniel. Parker earned his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, his Master’s Degree in English literature and his PhD in English literature from the prestigious Boston University. Parker had also enlisted in the Army and served as an infantryman in Korea. He wrote his very first novel in 1971, became a professor in 1976 and became a full time writer in the year 1979. He is well known for his Spencer series about a Boston Private Eye. Spencer’s first name was never revealed throughout the series. Throughout his career, Parker had over 60 novels published, mostly in the detective and western genres. He passed away of a sudden heart attack at age seventy seven (77), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on January 18, 2010.

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