Writers: Tom Selleck, Michael Brandman
Composer: Jeff Beal
Starring: Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker, Kohl Sudduth, Stephen McHattie, Krista Allen, William Sadler, Mae Whitman, Todd Hofley, Saul Rubinek, William Devane
More info: IMDb
Plot: Police Chief Jesse Stone, who was suspended by the Paradise, Mass. Town Council, begins moonlighting for his friend, State Homicide Commander Healy, by investigating a series of murders in Boston, leaving Rose and Suitcase to handle a crime spree in Paradise on their own. Jesse pours his energy into his work in an effort to push away his twin demons: booze and women. When his investigation leads to notorious mob boss Gino Fish, Jesse's pursuit becomes hazardous.
My rating: 7/10
Will I watch it again? Yes.
It's a safe bet that every scene with both Selleck and Devane will make each of these TV movies worth watching regardless. Then add Jeff Beal's low-key score and you get a likeable thriller with good performances even if the story isn't as strong as it could be. They mostly are though. Saul Rubinek is back and he's always a welcome addition. Having said all of that, Jesse's 'guessing' when it comes to solving crimes gets a little out of hand. He figures everything out sooner than he should've. He has a dream about who done it and off he goes. The killer's motive works and his subsequent actions are pretty neat which makes it it a little tougher to bitch about. This series has its ups and downs but it's the quality of the acting and production that keep the downs from being bad.