Bruce Fretts
October 03, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Stone Cold

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
92 minutes
performer
Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe
director
Craig R. Baxley
distributor
Columbia Pictures, RCA/Columbia Home Video
genre
Drama, ActionAdventure

We gave it an B+

He’s still best known for the Spenser series, but Parker’s most rewardingly complicated shamus might be Jesse Stone, an LAPD burnout who now toils as police chief in the not-so-idyllic small town of Paradise, Mass. In his fourth outing, Stone attempts to kick his dual addictions to booze (hence the sobering title) and his intoxicating ex-wife, Jenn, while playing cat and mouse with a married team of thrill killers who mark him as their next target. Adeptly switching between scenes of Stone’s professional and personal lives, Parker illuminates the dark-cornered minds of sociopaths and alcoholics. And as always, he renders the action in prose as clear and potent as a fine vodka.

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