Do you like mystery novels? I absolutely love them!!!
I got caught up in A Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories when I was just a child. Many, many times, in my imagination, I joined Mr. Holmes' in his London apartment as he sat musing over the details of the latest crime wave in London.
When I was a teenager, every weekend, the Untouchables kept me glued in front of the television with my grandmother rooting Robert Stack and his mighty men on in their determined fight to defend "truth, justice, and the American way."
Now that I am a little older and wiser (???!!!), I prefer those stories whose characters, just like you and me, have both strengths and weaknesses, constantly make mistakes, get hurt or hurt other people physically, emotionally, or spiritually, and either accepts responsibility for what has happened or blames others for the pain (usually in any relatinship both parties have played some role in the joys and pains experienced)they feel.
Police Chief Jesse Stone, in Robert B. Parker's book is that kind of hero. Here is a picture of Tom Selleck, who has appeared in several television miniseries as my hero, Jesse Stone
In Stranger in Paradise (2008) the Chief finds himself in a very tough situation, trying to keep teenager, Amber Francisco, alive. Amber does not trust him and is determined to do the exact opposite of what he wants.
When the shooting starts, Jesse and his former wife, Jenne Stone, and Amber find themselves right in the middle, caught between gang members on one side, the Mafia on the other, with a professional assassin, Wilson "Crow" Crowmartie (the Stranger in Paradise), now an ally they must depend on. The chief, in a heated exchange with his former wife admits that, he may be "jumping off the cliff for maybe nothing!!!"
I found this cliff hanger at the Martin King Library in Tacoma...
Enjoy author Robert Parker's comments about his career and the Chief...