#BlogTour #Review ~ Debt To Pay by @ReedFColeman @noexitpress

All is quiet in Paradise, except for a spate of innocuous vandalism. Good thing, too, because Jesse Stone is preoccupied with the women in his life, both past and present. As his ex-wife, Jenn, is about to marry a Dallas real-estate tycoon, Jesse isn’t too sure his relationship with former FBI agent Diana Evans is built to last. But those concerns get put on the back burner when a major Boston crime boss is brutally murdered. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Jesse suspects it’s the work of Mr. Peepers, a psychotic assassin who has caused trouble for Jesse in the past.

Peepers has long promised revenge against the Mob, Jesse, and Suit for their roles in foiling one of his hits – and against Jenn as well. And though Jesse and Jenn have long parted ways, Jesse still feels responsible for her safety. Jesse and Diana head to Dallas for the wedding and, along with the tycoon’s security team, try to stop Peepers before the bill comes due. With Peepers toying with the authorities as to when and where he’ll strike, Jesse is up against the wall. Still, there’s a debt to pay and blood to be spilled to satisfy it. But whose blood, and just how much?

Pre-Order Here Available 21st September 2017

About the Author

Called a hard-boiled poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan and the ‘noir poet laureate’ in the Huffington PostReed Farrel Coleman is the author of novels (including the acclaimed Moe Prager series), short stories and poetry. He is a three-time Edgar Award nominee in three different categories – Best Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story – and a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel of the Year. He has also won the Audie, Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards. A former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America, Reed Farrel Coleman is an adjunct instructor of English at Hofstra University and a founding member of MWA University. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now lives with his family in Suffolk County on Long Island.

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My Review

Just stop and take a look at that intensely striking cover, admittedly it was that which enticed me to read Debt to Pay. It was only when I began looking at the blurb etc I realised it was one of a huge series. So here I go again leaping in at number 15 (I think!). Did this compromise my enjoyment in any way .. short answer NO. This is a brilliantly sculptured crime novel, fast paced and addictive.

Pretty early on Mr Peepers’ is dubbed the serial killer in question. Police Chief Jesse Stone is aware he is a prime target (presumably revealed in previous books) but he is trying to juggle his relationships as well as his safety and crime solving. Currently in a relationship with Diana, ex-wife Jenn is getting re-married and she could easily become the price Stone has to pay as far as Peepers is concerned.

The wedding is due to take place in Dallas, a wealthy, high powered affair poor Stone finds it a difficult situation to be in.

Stone is an alcoholic, struggles with daily living but feels responsible for the ex. This is definitely a revenge plot and trying to figure out the clues keeps you on your toes. Peepers is a creepy slimy cookie who always seems to toy with folk. He was the character I wanted to find out about, fascinatingly chilling but oddly made compulsive reading.

Quite gruesome in places, none the less I found this an enjoyable book, interesting array of people, locations involved and enough tension until the end.

Thanks to the author and No Exit Press for my copy and to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour. I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

 

 

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