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Blue-Eyed Devil [Hardcover]

A book by Robert B. Parker

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A Fond Farewell to Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch

  • Jun 13, 2010
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+3
I was devastated  when Robert B. Parker passed on early in 2010.  I have enjoyed his novels and characters immensely over the years and it’s sad to know that very few are left in the queue to enjoy.
 
Blue-Eyed Devil is the fourth book in a Western series featuring Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, sometimes lawmen, always gunmen.  They arrive back in the town of Appaloosa where Virgil used to be sheriff where they find not one or two but really four factions vying for control of the town. 
 
The first is sheriff Amos Callico who is extorting money from the towns’ business owners with the back up a nefarious group of “lawmen.”  As Virgil and Hitch  hit town, some of the local business owners hire them as gun toting protection for their establishments.  This, of course, does not suit Callico too well, as they put a dent in his ability to squeeze money out of the saloon keepers.  Meanwhile a rich rancher on the outskirts of town is building his own little empire and Virgil winds up shooting his son in a gunfight after he tried to force his business on some unwilling “girls” in the saloon.  That puts Virgil in his sights for revenge, but at the same time the rancher is not too keen on Callico either.  Enter a murderous gang of Apache Indians and you have a rather volatile mixture.  As usual, Virgil and Hitch await developments, playing things to come out the way they want them to in the end.
 
While the story really just follows a familiar Parker formula from previous Virgil and Hitch novels, it is Parker’s own formula and the story is very entertaining, even as the reader pretty much knows how everything will play out in the end.  It features Parker’s witty style and fast paced dialogue.  And given that this is probably the last we will see of these two characters, I like that they end up in a good place at the end as far as closure is concerned.  While I’m sure many more stories could have been told about the two gunmen, if this is the end, it was a satisfying one.

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review by . July 06, 2010
4 1/2 stars.      Virgil Cole and Everett Hatch return to Appaloosa where they had enforced the law in the past.      Things have changed and currently, the town is run by Amos Callico, an ambitious, corrupt, chief of police and his twelve lawmen. Callico is always looking for a personal gain and his method of providing justice is to demand kick-backs from the businessmen and town residents.      Virgil and Everett are hired to provide …
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This excellent posthumous western from bestseller Parker (1932–2010) continues the saga of gun-slinging saddle pals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch (afterBrimstone) as they trade wisecracks and hot lead with back-shooting owlhoots and murderous Apaches in the town of Appaloosa. Cole and Hitch used to be the law in town, but now Appaloosa has a corrupt, ambitious, and deadly police chief named Amos Callico backed up by 12 rifle-toting cops of dubious background, and though Callico sees Cole and Hitch as impediments to his plans for extortion and high political office, his threats don't worry the boys much. Meanwhile, Cole kills the son of a prominent rancher in a fair fight, renegade Apaches plan an attack on the town, and a mysterious dandy arrives in town with a sinister agenda. Fortunately, Cole and Hitch are smart and resourceful, and there's trickery, gunplay, and throat-cutting until only a few folks are left standing. Lean, fast, and full of snappy dialogue, it's everything a series fan would expect.(May)
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ISBN-10: 0399156488
ISBN-13: 978-0399156489
Author: Robert B. Parker
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Date Published: May 4, 2010
Format: Hardback
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