"Law enforcement in Appaloosa had once been Virgil Cole and me. Now there was a chief of police and 12 policemen. Our third day back in town, the chief invited us to the office for a talk."
The new chief is Amos Callico, a tall, fat man in a derby hat, wearing a star on his vest and a big pearl-handled Colt inside his coat. An ambitious man with his eye on the governorship - and perhaps the presidency - he wants Cole and Hitch on his side. But they can't be bought, which upsets him mightily.
When Callico begins shaking down local merchants for protection money, those who don't want to play along seek the help of Cole and Hitch. When Cole is forced to fire on the trigger-happy son of politically connected landowner General Horatio Laird, Callico sees his dream begin to crumble. The guns for hire are thorns in the side of the power-hungry chief, and he'll use any excuse to take them out. There will be a showdown - but who'll be left standing?
©2010 Robert B. Parker (P)2010 Random House
"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." (Publishers Weekly)
Blue-eyed Devil is the shortest of Parker's Westerns. It goes over familiar territory, people with shady pasts, witty dialogue, etc. I've read or listened to all Parker's westerns-- and I don't like westerns.
I have purchased over 400 books. I have high standards for writing and content, but indulge in "travel trash" or fairly good entertainment.
This is the final book of the Series. I have listened to them all twice. I Love, let me be clear, LOVE Titus Welliver's performance. I am a light weight when it comes to graphic violence and exploited misery. I think that is one thing I like so much about this series. It seems so realistic without a sense of tragedy or more importantly judgements. The story revolves around "higher Morality", integrity, and being true to ones self and times. It is not about all the shooting. I like this aspect of Robert B Parker's book as a whole. It is a stretch to compare them to the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but the theme that hooks me is the same. A hero, heroine, who have their personal sense of integrity and truth based on a sense of intrinsic justice. I find it to be heroic to be able to adhere to their true nature regardless of social or religious standards. I might ad sociopaths and psychopaths probably are adhering to their inner truth, but his characters are not "sick".
I love the stories, direct, simple and rewarding. These are my favorite books to listen to when I am going to sleep. precisely because of Titus Welliver's voice and the lack of assaults on my emotional/nervous system. IF you like long drawn out complicated multi-plots with a lot of characters and suspense this might not be your cup of tea.
Truthfully, I wish this series could have gone on as long the Spencer series. I am sad that Robert Parker is no longer with us.
I will read (and on Audible, listen to) anything written by Robert B. Parker. Whether the hero is Spenser or Sunny Randle or Virgil Cole really doesn't matter. And the plot doesn't really matter that much either. What matters is the terrific dialogue. I just love to
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