Order of Jesse Stone Books
Jesse Stone is a fictional character created by detective novelist Robert B. Parker and later written by Michael Brandman. Jesse is an ex-LAPD copper who is forced to leave his job and moves to the small town of Paradise, Massachusetts. Unlike Parker’s most well-known character, Spenser, Stone is a man with many personal problems.
Jesse Stone debuted in September 1997 with the book Night Passage. Since then, he has appeared in many of his own novels and a few of Robert B. Parker’s other novels as well. The Jesse Stone character was portrayed by Tom Selleck in a series of CBS TV movies. Following Parker’s death, the Jesse Stone series was taken over by Michael Brandman.
Below is a list of the Jesse Stone series in order of when they were originally published:
Publication Order of Jesse Stone Books
Note: Following Split Image, Michael Brandman has taken over as the author of the Jesse Stone series.
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Jesse Stone Synopsis: Night Passage is the first novel of the Jesse Stone series. Stone is 34 years old and has just lost his job with the LAPD along with his marriage all due to his drinking problem. Stone picks up and moves for a new job in the Massachusetts town of Paradise. Paradise isn’t quite as peaceful as it sounds, however. It’s full of corruption, scandal and just plain old bad guys. Night Passage was adapted into a made-for-TV movie by CBS in 2005 with Tom Selleck playing the main character. Although Night Passage is chronologically the first in the Jesse Stone series, Stone Cold was the first novel adapted into the TV movie series. The Jesse Stone: Night Passage TV movie is considered a prequel to the Stone Cold TV movie.