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Robert B. Parker's Damned if You Do - Michael Brandman This was not up to the level of the previous novel in the series and far off the standard when Robert Parker was writing these. Not a police procedural, not a mystery in that Stone's connections to the mob boss allows him to find the perpetrator(s), and the secondary plot is resolved by Stone's working his connections to the infrastructure in the town, seems realistic, prosaic, and an example of selective enforcement to punish the bad guys that is satisfying in that the bad guys are bad and deserving, but unedifying in all other ways.

Nets out as a story of a corrupt town, with a corrupt police chief operating at a tangent from the his political bosses to satisfy his personal feelings, hard to like the story or the characters.