Sunday, March 01, 2009


The fifth TV movie based on Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone opens with Stone helping State Police Capt. Healy (Stephen McHattie) with a stakeout that ends with them both shot. Healy is wounded more severely than Jesse, and for a while it isn't clear he'll survive. A member of Paradise's town council council comes down on Jesse for moonlighting and threatens to suspend him. Jesse goes after the shooter anyway.

The main plot involves a woman (Camryn Manheim) who has come to Paradise from New Mexico looking for her son, kidnapped five years earlier. While Jesse isn't too hopeful about finding the boy, he lets Rose (Kathy Baker) pursue the case.

This is the first Stone movie not based on an existing Parker title. It's more noir than Parker has ever been, yet true to Stone's flawed upstanding character.

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