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Blue-Eyed Devil (Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series #4)

Blue-Eyed Devil (Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series #4)

3.6 87
by Robert B. Parker

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Once, Appaloosa law was Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. Now it's Amos Callico, a vindictive, power-hungry tin star with bigger aims-and he could use Cole and Hitch on his side. This time the paid guns aren't for hire, which makes Callico a very vengeful man. But threatening Cole and Hitch ignites something just as dangerous.


Once, Appaloosa law was Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. Now it's Amos Callico, a vindictive, power-hungry tin star with bigger aims-and he could use Cole and Hitch on his side. This time the paid guns aren't for hire, which makes Callico a very vengeful man. But threatening Cole and Hitch ignites something just as dangerous.

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Publishers Weekly
This excellent posthumous western from bestseller Parker (1932-2010) continues the saga of gun-slinging saddle pals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch (after Brimstone) 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)
Kirkus Reviews
Now that they've cleaned up Appaloosa, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch have to contend with its new police chief in their fourth and presumably final adventure. All white men are blue-eyed devils, but Amos Callico is more infernal than most. No sooner has he settled in as Appaloosa's new chief of police, his authority bolstered by a retinue of 12 officers, than he begins to extort protection money from Lamar Speck, who owns the Boston House saloon, and Buford Posner, of the Golden Palace. Callico, who has his eyes set on the governor's mansion and then on the White House, wastes no time in attempting to neuter the opposition by offering jobs to Virgil and Everett, now living a frontier version of domestic life with Allie French, the lover Virgil rescued in Brimstone (2009), and the traumatized former Indian captive Laurel, who won't speak to anyone but Virgil. Naturally, the two gunslingers turn Callico down and promptly sign on as bouncers at the Boston House. The stage is clearly set for a climactic confrontation between the corrupt police chief and his minions and the unsullied heroes. Before that can happen, though, Virgil's half-breed friend Pony Flores comes to town with his brother Kha-to-nay in tow. Pony has helped Kha-to-nay escape from prison, and trouble is sure to follow the pair. Despite the arrival of Pinkerton agent Dell Garrison, however, that trouble doesn't take the form most readers will expect. Instead, Kha-ton-nay will ally himself with a party of wily Apache braves, and retired Confederate General Horatio Laird, whose no-account son Nicholas Laird killed in the early going, and his hired gunman Chauncey Teagarden will assume central roles. Rest assured that Virgil will get more opportunities to live up to his assertion, "Killing don't bother me . . . Long as I follow the rules."More shifting allegiances, moral dilemmas and characters capable of change than Virgil and Everett's fans may be used to. It's a shame that this youngest of the late Parker's franchises has to end so soon.

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch Series , #4
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 17, 1932
Date of Death:
January 18, 2010
Place of Birth:
Springfield, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971

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Blue-Eyed Devil 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Travel back into the old west again with Cole and Hitch as Parker answers all the questions from the first three books in this series. While Cole is Cole, Hitch is much more introspective, beginning to wonder why he does what he does, why he blindly follows Cole. In the end, we find out what characters from the past are doing, rolled into that "always cautious" attitude prevalent in the old west. You know, your friends may be your friends today, but not tomorrow. It's a quick read, with a good story, and whether or not Parker planned on this being the final book in the series, it does wrap up the entire story well.
Kwikfish More than 1 year ago
Western plots are all similar for the most part but in Parkers four book Cole and Hitch series, it is the characters and their unique dialog that sets these apart from other novels of this genre. Nobody writes dialog better than Parker,totally life like and edgey. I am sorry we will not see any more of these jewels, Robert B. Parker will be sincerely missed by those of us that relish good page turner novels. Gregor Martin
mysterywriterJVL More than 1 year ago
There is no writer I come home to more often than Robert B. Parker. His terse dialog and simple plot lines make his books a three-night read. He's simply entertaining and crafty in developing characters to whom we attach. The classic pairing, of course, is Spencer and Hawk. They are modern manifestations of the classic western character, where the good guys and the bad guys are defined by who wins the battles and not the methods they deploy. Enter Hitch and Cole in a dynamic four-book series I hate to see end. Blue-eyed Devil ties together the threads of a tenuous friendship, a lover's pursuit of the unobtainable, and the nomadic journey of a pair of for-hire gunmen who serve largely as lawmen. Had Robert B. Parker lived longer, I would be hungry for more of this series even more than the next Spencer and certainly Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall. Robert Crais and his Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels can pick up some of that slack, but there isn't another writer -- western or otherwise -- writing about the old west at this level of sheer entertainment. The sad thing about the passing of an author is that his characters die with him, without drama or explanation. But, I'm happy to have enjoyed his long run of bestsellers and, to coin a term, best-readers. Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch lived up to the challenge. I wish Parker could write on, and they could ride on.
boatsandtrains More than 1 year ago
More of Virgil & Everett. A fast read as usual. We'll miss RBP.
sue_c More than 1 year ago
How sad that one of my favorite authors has died. I liked this series, fast reading, and just a good fun book. My favorites are the Spenser series, the dialogue between Spenser and Hawk are such fun. I will miss Mr. Parker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert B Parker has written four of the best westerns I have read. Blue eyed Devil included. We need another movie.
CharlesEcho More than 1 year ago
One of Robert B. Parker's worst books ever.The first three in this series were excellent though. The first 7 or 8 books in the Spenser series were excellent, but the next 7 or 8 were full of insipid & narcissistic literary allusions. The last 4 or 5 were pretty good though. It was good to see Robert B. Parker finish the series strong. The Jesse Stone series was pretty good as well.
peternv More than 1 year ago
While this book was ky,it was definitely not up to Parker's usual standard. At a number of points in the story, Cole or Hitch delivers a tag-line for no apparent reason. At the anti-climactic conclusion of the story, there is a major battle between our heroes and the corrupt sheriff when they have been sparring more or less amicably throughout the book. It feels like it's just there to end the book.
DIckClark More than 1 year ago
I am not a fan of the traditional western genre novel but I have enjoyed Parker's Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch series. I have read them all starting with my favorite Appaloosa. I was sorry to learn of the author's passing. I probably would never have discovered these books but I have been a fan of the authors Spencer novels. If you have read the earlier novels this is more of the same a good western story that moves along quickly with bad guys you love to hate and the stark yet snappy dialog exchanged between Cole and Hitch. It is the relationship that Cole and Hitch have that really make these books work for me. This last time out the boys are back in the Town of Appaloosa and the new lawman Amos Callico and a dozen thug deputies are running roughshod over the town. Of course this does not sit well with our heros. Meanwhile Apaches are planning an attack on the town, and then there is this stranger who arrives in town. There are plenty of plot lines to keep the story interesting. Fans should enjoy this last ride with Virgil and Everett.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I miss Robert Parker -- There will never be another like him.
scooterbutt1 More than 1 year ago
This was another great book by Mr. Parker. It would be a great reading choice for someone who enjoys westerns. If there is ever a remake of TV series Gunsmoke I think Virgil Cole would to justice for "Marshall Dillon" and Everett Hitch would be a natural for Newly O'Brien" played by Buck Taylor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like John Grisham, the shows are better than the books.
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Gtg bye and ur welcome
BladeRunner57 More than 1 year ago
A must read for everyone who enjoys westerns. Hard hitting and straight forword. It's too bad all westerns aren't this good. I have read all of Parker's westerns and wish there were more. I would recomend this to anyone. Even if you don't enjoy westerns, give it a shot.
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