Dr. Dix: You're a drunk because you drink. You don't drink, you're not a drunk.
Jesse Stone: You don't believe in addiction?
Dr. Dix: Sure I do. I was addicted. I still am. But addiction's an explanation. You wanna stop drinking, you gotta do more than explain it.
Jesse Stone: That's good police work, Molly. Keep it up and you'll get a promotion.
Molly: Except the sexist bastards already made you chief.
(Jesse and Suitcase advance on a hostage scene)
Suitcase: What do I do?
Jesse Stone: When the shooting starts, you'll know what to do.
Suitcase: Two in the chest, one in the head.
Jesse Stone: Keep engaging until the target is down.
(Jesse has found Jerry Snyder holding his wife hostage)
Snyder: Stop right there! I'll kill her!
Jesse Stone: I'm stopped.
Snyder: I'm glad you're here, Stone.
Jesse Stone: Why? You miss me?
Suitcase: What does your gut tell you?
Jesse Stone: You mean my coply intuition?
Jesse Stone: I don't know.
Suitcase: Well, you gotta have a hunch.
Jesse Stone: I don't have a clue. I'm waiting for one.
Jesse Stone: This is what I have. I'm divorced from the only woman I seem to be able to love. I'm trying not to drink too much. I can't play professional baseball like I'm supposed to. All I can be is a cop in a small town, and this is my last chance to do that.
Jesse Stone: You're a cold bastard, aren't you?
Dr. Dix: Gettin' sober's cold bastard work.
Jesse Stone: I need a drink.
Dr. Dix: Me too.
Jesse Stone: So you used to be a cop?
Dix: Before I gave it up to become a drunk.
Jesse Stone: Wanna earn some overtime?
Jesse Stone: Walk the perimeter.
Suitcase: What am I looking for?
Jesse Stone: A clue would be nice.
This is the third book in the Jesse Stone series, coming before Jesse Stone: Stone Cold the first movie in the set of TV movies.