Movies in the Jesse Stone series include “Night Passage,” “Stone Cold” and “Death in Paradise.” Based on the detective novels by Robert B. Parker, the Jesse Stone movies star Tom Selleck as the eponymous protagonist, an alcoholic police chief in a small Massachusetts town.
“Night Passage” was the second Jesse Stone film released, but the story occurs first chronologically, documenting Stone’s arrival in the town of Paradise, Massachusetts. Suspended from the LAPD for excessive drinking, Stone comes to Paradise to take a job as the new Chief of Police. Stone quickly discovers that the town’s government is corrupt, and he grapples with his superior as he investigates a money laundering scheme.
“Stone Cold,” the first Jesse Stone film released, finds the detective investigating a series of connected murders around Paradise. Uncovering a series of victims all killed with two bullets through the heart, Stone eventually traces the crimes to a wealthy couple who kill for thrills. “Stone Cold” focuses on Stone's pursuit of the couple, as well as his own struggles with alcoholism and womanizing.
“Death in Paradise,” the third Jesse Stone film, sees Stone investigating the death of a teenage girl found floating in a lake. The drowning death brings Stone into contact with a popular writer who exploits teenagers and a violent Boston mobster.