Paradise, Massachusetts: police chief Jesse Stone returns, tracking a pair of thrill killers. In Stone Cold, Jesse Stone has a problem. Actually, several problems: dead bodies turning up, and no clues. A man takes his dog out for a run on the beach, only to be discovered hours later—with two holes in his chest. A woman drives her Volvo to the mall to do some grocery shopping and is found dead, her body crumpled behind her loaded shopping cart. A commuter takes a shortcut home from the train and never makes it back to his house. Investigating a serial killer in an affluent suburban town is difficult, and dangerous, and with the added pressures from the town selectmen and the media, the heat is turned up on Jesse. And the more the pressures mount, the more Jesse retreats into himself, convinced—despite all the odds—that it's up to him alone to stop the killing. As tough, clear-eyed, and sardonic as Jesse Stone himself, this is the Grand Master working at the peak of his powers.