When a body is discovered at the lake in Paradise, Police Chief Jesse Stone is surprised to find he recognizes the murder victim. Meanwhile, after Jesse survives a hail of gunfire on his home, he wonders if it could be related to the mysterious murder. When both Molly Crane and Suitcase Simpson also become targets, it's clear someone has an ax to grind against the entire Paradise Police Department.
... Mike Lupica gets Robert B. Parker's Fool's Paradise off to an agonizingly slow start ... he strays from Parker's style with a lot of long, discursive paragraphs, and his attempts to reproduce Parker's bantering dialogue often falls flat. The end result is an unexpected disappointment.