Robert Parker wrote nine Jesse Stone novels: "Night Passage," "Trouble in Paradise" and "Death in Paradise," "Stone Cold," "Sea Change," "High Profile," "Stranger in Paradise," Night and Day" and "Split Image" before he died in 2010. After his death, his widow, children and publisher picked other authors to continue writing novels about Jesse Stone.
In 1997, Parker introduced Paradise, Massachusetts, Chief of Police Jesse Stone in "Night Passage." A former member of the Los Angeles Police Department, Stone becomes embroiled in a triple homicide and the target of a psychopath.
After Parker's death, Parker's publisher, Putnam, selected authors to continue Jesse Stone's story. These new novels include Parker's name in their titles. Between 2011 and 2013, Michael Brandman wrote three Jesse Stone novels, "Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues," "Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice" and "Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do."
In 2014, mystery writer Reed Farrel Coleman took over the franchise, publishing "Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot." This Jesse Stone novels finds the titular police chief reaching out to a crime lord for help solving a case. During a 2014 interview with the Arizona Republic, Coleman said he was under contract to write three more Jesse Stone novels, and that the next in the series is tentatively titled "The Devil Wins."