When the body of a fourteen-year-old teenager is found in the margin of a lake in Paradise, Massachusetts, the Chief of Police Jesse Stone and his officer Simpson seek clues in the spot. ... See full summary »
When Police Chief Jesse Stone's relationship with his ex-wife worsens, he fears he will relapse into alcoholism. To get his mind off his problems, Jesse begins working on the unsolved ... See full summary »
Jesse Stone and Captain Healy are shot during an unauthorized stake-out in Boston. Meanwhile, a cryptic letter sent from Paradise leads the mother of a kidnapped child to Stone. Though her son was declared dead, she hopes he will reopen the case.
Police Chief Jesse Stone, who was suspended by the Paradise, Mass. Town Council, begins moonlighting for his friend, State Homicide Commander Healy, by investigating a series of murders in ... See full summary »
After his involuntary retirement, Jesse Stone investigates the suspicious death of a young friend while the Paradise police force deals with the arrogant new chief, who is the son-in-law of a town councilman.
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After having drinking issues while on-duty In Santa Monica, California, the former detective Jesse Stone moves to Paradise, Massachusetts with his old dog Boomer. Stone is invited by Paradise's powerful counselor, Hastings Hathaway. Stone replaces former Chief Lou Carson, who retired early. In Stone's first assignment, he hits an abusive husband named Joe Genest. Genest disregarded a restraining order. Local attorney Abby Taylor visits Stone after the incident and an affair begins. When Lou is killed, Chief Jesse Stone suspects of the mobster Joe and Hastings, and plots a situation trying to disclose the truth. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The first time Jesse drives up in front of the Genest home in the police cruiser, he parks behind his Scout, which is visible parked behind the other car. See more »
You alright, sir?
So, what are you doing here at 4 in the morning?
I'm a cop.
Got a badge?
I *was* a cop, I'm leaving town. I just thought I'd stand here for a while 'til I went.
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Intelligent, wise and sensitive cop still has his hangups and limitations
Are there cops like Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck)? Very doubtful, or very doubtful there are many. There are too many horror stories of police brutality these days. But we do need examples of heroes, and Jesse Stone is one. He knows what to say and not say to win over a girl from a troubled marriage who could easily go wrong. He knows how to gain the respect of his department members. But clearly he did not know how to handle his affairs in LA, before he journeyed to a small Massachusetts town to become a police chief, for he arrives in quite an alcoholic condition. So, Jesse Stone is a kind of throwback to a long series of movieland good cops and good private detectives, incorruptible, alert, smart and stalwart who plow on despite their personal problems.
Night Passage may be viewed first in the series if one wants a chronological look at Jesse Stone that starts with his leaving LA and shows his settling in in the town of Paradise, Massachusetts. This is supposedly loosely based on Swampscott, which is about 15-20 miles from Boston. Swampscott has a Paradise Road that seems to have motivated the town's name.
It's not too far-fetched that the mob, known to inhabit various locales in and around Boston, might launder money in a nearby town. Well, at any rate, there have to be bad guys to challenge Jesse, who insists on being called Jesse.
The movie seamlessly interweaves characterizations of local people and of Jesse himself and his dog Boomer with the central crime story, the resolution of which leaves something to be desired, since it exposes Jesse to a risk that hardly seems plausible. But then this entry in the series focuses far more on character than on the crime story.
It's a pleasure to have a hero who understands people and thinks for himself.
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