Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do

By Michael Brandman

Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do - Michael Brandman
  • Release Date: 2013-09-10
  • Genre: Police Procedural
Score: 4
From 270 Ratings


Police Chief Jesse Stone returns in another outstanding entry in the New York Times-bestselling series.

The woman on the bed was barely out of her teens. She wasn’t exactly beautiful, but she’d tried to make the most of her looks. And now, alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead.

Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn’t know her name. Whoever she is, she didn’t deserve to die. Jesse starts digging, only to find himself caught in the crosshairs of a bitter turf war between two ruthless pimps. And more blood will spill before it’s over.


  • Damned if you do

    By boots saddle
    Excellent read. Another really good Jesse Stone Whodunit.
  • Damned if You Do

    By rowdy4545
    Not a good continuation. The characters in this are are bones. Without having read 4-5 previous novels in this series you don't get the robust idiosyncratic touches that make a great Parker novel. From Jess, who seems almost thuggish, to all the other cops like Molly & Suit just bare bones dialogue. No physical descriptions. One of the great characters in this series is the psychiatrist friend. As written here, he is of no interest. it's as if they edited out any descriptions. Thumbs down waste of money.
  • Do not bother

    By Writekid
    Rip off. Too short!!!! And seemed like jessie was spencer
  • Damned if you do

    By Forti ER
    Big change of the jesse stone books. None of the old sites, Grey Gull Rest,the view of boats in the harbor,the small town,now motels,hospitals,no more selectman with chairman hasty Hathaway . Big disappointment.
  • Sad

    By Kal L
    The cover says "A Jesse Stone Novel" but rarely is there a sighting of the real Jesse Stone in this book at all. This is the first book since Robert B. Parker's death that you can REALLY tell that he didn't write it. You could tell a bit in the others, but it was not so distinct. In this book, it seems as though the only thing carried over from the original Jesse Stone novels is the name Jesse Stone, which is odd because the last two Jesse Stone novels by Michael Brandman captured the character pretty well. Supporting characters are given little to do, and the main character acts so out of character that you feel as though you are reading about him for the first time. Also for the first time, I am really sorry that I bought a book that had Robert B Parker's name on the cover, which is sad because he didn't write it, and his characters don't deserve for readers to feel that way. If you're looking for Jesse Stone don't look for him in this book, because the person using his name in this story is an imposter who looks the other way on things like murder and prostitution, even if they happen to his friends. And don't look for Molly, Suitcase, Dix, Healy or any other character you care about from this world, unless you like reading about some of your favourite characters getting coffee, doughnuts, and asking stupid questions. From now on I'll be "screening" these books before I actually buy them. $10.99 is too much money for a book this bad.