When you think of a troubled police officer character, Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series comes to mind. Recently, I saw an article where the writer was warning against writing about an alcoholic detective. The writer said that the trope was being overused. And one reason that the character is so popular is because of how well Robert B. Parker used it in Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone.

Many of our best detective fiction writers point to Robert B.  Parker as a major influence on how and what they write. Parker first became The fist installment of the Jesse Stone series.

Robert B. Parker’s Night Passage

popular with his Spencer series. But it was his later Jesse Stone series that showed us how deep and multi-layered a troubled officer could become.

The Character: Jesse Stone

Parker introduced us to Jesse Stone in his novel, Night Passage, Continue reading