A series of novels by Robert B. Parker following police chief Jesse Stone, starting with Night Passage in 1997.A former Los Angeles cop, Jesse winds up in the sleepy town of Paradise, Massachusetts. But he has a way of attracting trouble...A series of eight TV movies have been made starring Tom Selleck. The movies stay relatively true to the characters despite some alterations to the plot and the omission of some characters.
Novels in this series
Night Passage (1997).
Trouble in Paradise (1998).
Death in Paradise (2000).
Stone Cold (2003).
Sea Change (2006).
High Profile (2007).
Stranger in Paradise (2008).
Night and Day (2009).
Split Image (2010). Last novel by Parker, the author died months prior to its publication.
Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues (2011) by Michael Brandman.
In addition, Stone has had Cross Over appearances in one Spenser novel (Back Story-2003) and two Sunny Randall novels (Blue Screen-2006, Spare Change-2007).
Author Appeal: Jesse Stone's Weapon of Choice in the movies is changed from a .38 revolver to a 1911-style pistol. This is because Tom Selleck is an avid fan of that type of pistol.
Author Existence Failure: Parker died in 2010, and Split Image was the last novel he penned himself before his death. Michael Brandman and Reed Farrel Coleman were then contracted by the Parker estate to continue the series.
The Beard: In Stranger in ParadiseMiriam Fiedler turns out to be one for her gay husband, who spends all their money on his boyfriend, though Jesse eventually "convinces" the husband to get a quiet divorce.
The Casanova: Crow exudes an effortless sexuality that captures the hearts of many women, including Molly, who has a no strings attached one night stand with him that doesn't seem to do any damage to her relationships in the long run.
Jesse himself doesn't suffer in this area.
Casting Couch: To further her career, Jenn slept with her producer, which played a large part in their divorce.
Cowboy Cop: Jesse, who used to work in South Central LA, has a considerably different idea of how to dish out justice than the selectmen in Paradise.
Kick the Dog: In Night Passage, Jo Jo Genest kills Captain Cat to get back at Jesse.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: Normally, an officer performing a kick to the balls on an unarmed civilian who's not attacking would be a major Kick the Dog moment. Unless said civilian is Jo Jo Genest, who just got done bragging about how Jesse can't do anything to stop him from raping his ex-wife. Then it's this trope.
Law of Inverse Fertility: In High ProfileWalton Weeks always wanted to have a child but was unable to because he had trouble ejaculating, and when he finally conceived with his mistress they were both murdered.
Likes Older Women: Suitcase Simpson frequently ends up in relationships with older women, and they're usually married older women too.
Love Triangle: Jesse, Jenn and Sunny, and Jesse even lampshades it when he realizes they're actually sitting in a triangle.
The Missus and the Ex: Sunny and Jenn actually get along very well, much to Jesse's relief since he's having Sunny guard Jenn.
Off The Wagon: Jesse was fired from his job in L.A. for drinking on the job, and frequently struggles with alcohol. In fact, his divorce from Jenn was not due to Jesse leaving her because she cheated on him, but her leaving him for his drinking.
Race Lift: Molly Crane, who's Irish Catholic in the books, is played by an African American woman in the TV movies.
Really Gets Around: Suitcase Simpson, who has a way with the middle-aged women of the town.
As well as Cissy Hathaway, who was sleeping with the above.
Not to mention Jesse, to the point that in one novel he is jokingly given vitamins by his fellow officers to help keep up his...stamina.
Right Wing Militia Fanatic: The Horsemen in Night Passage are a group of these, with plans to stockpile weapons and ammunition and oppose the US Government.
Springtime for Hitler: Jesse, who was drunk during his job interview, was hired because the aldermen of Paradise thought he'd be too incompetent to figure out what they were up to. Unfortunately for them he turns out to have more iron in him than they thought and brings down their entire scheme.
Stockholm Syndrome: It's heavily implied that Crow and the women he kidnapped had a bit of this going, partly because he made sure that none of them were hurt. It's also possible that he developed Lima Syndrome, and even has a one-night stand with one of the women years later.
Suicide by Cop: Lutz in the climax of High Profile, and Jesse even calls the trope by name when he realizes what's going on.
There Are No Therapists: Averted, since Jesse sees one regularly, and he encourages Jenn to see one after they break up. This is also a regularly aversion in most of Parker's works.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Crow may be a heartless bastard by most counts and doesn't bat an eye at gunning teenage gangbangers down in broad daylight, but he will nothurt women. The main plot of Stranger In Paradise kicks off when this leads him into conflict with his employer, who wants him to kill his ex wife.
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Jenn in High Profile has a variant of this: she wasn't actually raped, but says she was to get Jesse to help her. Sunny tells her to get help as soon as she figures out what really happened.