Back to Paradise I go, to visit with Tom Selleck as Robert B Parker’s Jesse Stone in another mystery.
This time, Jesse, under the advice of Dr. Dix (William Devane), Jesse tries to find something that will keep him busy, to be important to him, to stave off his alcoholism.
He has Rose (Kathy Baker), the dispatcher from before Molly (Viola Davis), who is off-duty for her pregnancy, dig up a cold-case homicide for him to focus on.
Paradise has three, and Stone decides to take on the most recent one, 1992, fifteen years previous.
In the interim, Suit (Kohl Sudduth) wakes from his coma, caused by the bullet wound in the previous installment, and though shaky, returns to duty, mistakenly calling Jesse Lou a number of times.
Office politics are starting to raise their ugly heads as Anthony DeAngelo (Vito Rezza) is starting to try Jesse’s patience. DeAngelo is under the impression that he should have been offered the position of chief instead of importing someone he sees as a drunk. He spends most of his time now, reporting on him to the town council.
Stone brings Rose into play on the other case that shows up in this film, a young woman Cathleen (Mika Boorem), and her father, accusing a tourist Harrison Pendelton (Nigel Bennett), who’s in Paradise for the regatta, of rape.
As Jesse digs into the case, he finds that old ghosts from previous cases are coming up. It seems a few people knew Hasty Hathaway (Saul Rubinek) was laundering money through his bank for Gino Fish (William Sadler) and robbed it of $2 million dollars, but a bank teller, taken hostage, was killed, and this is the homicide Jesse is trying to solve.
Fish sends in one of his guys, Terry (I prefer Terrence) Genest (James Rogers), the brother of Joe Genest (Stephen Baldwin) who was killed in Night Passage. He and Stone have a series of altercations, that you know can only end in one of them dead. Wonder who?
The further Jesse gets into the case, the less he likes what he finds, and in the end, when all is resolved, he has to turn to the drink again.
These films continue to engage, and entertain, and I love how they are put together, written, filmed and edited. This one, like the previous, Death In Paradise, didn’t reveal who the baddie is until the last few minutes of the show, but looking back over everything that is said and done, the clues are all there.
And as a side note, I started the first book the other day, Night Passage, and so far I’m liking it, some of the names are different and I like the way Parker writes, but despite the fact that he’s only 30-something in the books, I still see him as Selleck.
Watching Nova Scotia on the screen reminds me that I miss it, and the ocean, though not so much the winters.
I think for now, I will live vicariously through these movies and Haven. (And let me say, I love the location they use for his house, with the little bridge and red house!)