Coleman hasn’t attempted to mimic Parker. Instead, Coleman is continuing the Stone saga in his own crisp prose style. For one thing, Coleman says, he doubts that he could reproduce Parker’s distinctive voice. For another, Spenser is the late author’s most iconic character; Parker wrote only nine Stone novels. That, Coleman says, gives him the freedom to continue the series in his own style — and room to explore fresh aspects of the character.

Given the excellent prose and plotting of “Blind Spot,” Jesse Stone fans will be eager to discover where Coleman takes this compelling series next.

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