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Blue-Eyed Devil (Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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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.


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Overview

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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Great authors, like cowboys, are always galloping beyond boundaries, finding their own paths on untamed frontiers. Robert B. Parker could have stayed with his Spenser, Jesse Stone, and Sunny Randall thrillers and none of us would have complained. Instead, in 2005, he began heading in new directions, starting a new westerns series that stars Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. In this fourth entry in the series, Cole and Hitch are up against the force of a corrupt chief of police who has a strong hankering to become an even more corrupt politician. Saddle up and ride towards dawn; genre-switching is a mind-expanding business.

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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 (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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101429426
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Series: Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series , #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 39,572
  • File size: 189 KB

Meet the Author

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

Biography

Robert B. Parker began as a student of hard-boiled crime writers such as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, but when he became a crime writer himself, he was one of the rare contemporary authors to be considered on par with his predecessors. The Spenser series, featuring a Boston-based ex-boxer and ex-cop, is one of the genre's most respected and popular fixtures.

Noted for their sharp dialogue and fine character development, the Spenser books carry on a tradition while updating it, particularly in giving its hero two strong alter egos in Hawk, a black friend and right-hand man; and Susan Silverman, Spenser's psychologist love interest. Parker's inclusion of other races and sexual persuasions (several of his novels feature gay characters, a sensibility strengthened in Parker through his sons, both of whom are gay) give a more modern feel to the cases coming into Spenser's office.

The Spenser series, which began with 1973's The Godwulf Manuscript, has an element of toughness that suits its Boston milieu; but it delves just as often into the complex relationship between Silverman and Spenser, and the interplay between the P.I. and Hawk.

By the late ‘80s, Parker had acquired such a reputation that the agent for Raymond Chandler's estate tapped him to finish the legend's last book, Poodle Springs. It was a thankless mission bound to earn criticism, but Parker carried off the task well, thanks to his gift for to-the-point writing and deft plotting. "Parker isn't, even here, the writer Chandler was, but he's not a sentimentalist, and he darkens and deepens Marlowe," the Atlantic concluded. In 1991, Parker took a second crack at Chandler with the Big Sleep sequel Perchance to Dream.

Parker took other detours from Spenser over the years. In 1999, Family Honor introduced Sunny Randall, a female Boston private eye Parker created with actress Helen Hunt in mind. Two years earlier, he introduced L.A.-to-New England cop transplant Jesse Stone in Night Passage. He also authored four bestselling Westerns featuring Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, a few young adult books, as well as several stand-alone novels that were well-received by his many fans.

Parker died suddenly in January 2010 while at home at his desk, working on a book. The cause was a heart attack. He was seventy-seven.

Good To Know

Parker's thesis in graduate school was a study of the private eye in literature that centered on Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Ross MacDonald. Critics would later put him in the same category as those authors.

Parker's main hero is named for Edmund Spenser, the 16th-century author of The Faerie Queene.

Parker had a hand in writing the scripts for some television adaptations of Spenser books starring Robert Urich, who also played Spenser in the ABC series from 1985-88. Urich suffered a battle with cancer and passed away in 2002, but adaptations continue to be made for A&E, starring Joe Mantegna. Parker approved of the new actor, telling the New York Times: ''I looked at Joe and I saw Spenser."

According to a profile in the New York Times, Parker met his wife Joan when the two were toddlers at a birthday party. The two reconnected as freshmen at Colby College and eventually had two sons. They credit the survival of their marriage to a house split into separate living spaces, so that the two can enjoy more independent lives than your average husband and wife.

Parker told fans in a 1999 Barnes & Noble.com chat that he thought his non-series historical novel All Our Yesterdays was "the best thing I've ever written."

Parker had a small speaking part in the 1997 A&E adaptation of Small Vices. How does he have time to write his Spenser books, plus the other series and the adaptation stuff? "Keep in mind, it takes me four or five months to write a novel, which leaves me a lot of time the rest of the year," he told Book magazine. "I don't like to hang around."

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

    Posted August 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Ride Off Into the Sunset with Cole and Hitch

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    Robert B. Parkers Appaloosa series

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Happy Trails, Robert B.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Fast Read

    More of Virgil & Everett. A fast read as usual. We'll miss RBP.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

    The very last Parker book

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    required reading for western lovers

    Robert B Parker has written four of the best westerns I have read. Blue eyed Devil included. We need another movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

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    If you buy this one, keep your expectations are very low.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Not quite up to his usual standard

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

    As Mr. Parker rides off int the sunset, he leaves us with a gem!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    The final book in the series.

    This series was the best I have ever read as I could not put the books down. Was a minor fan of western novels but after this series I am a big fan. Thank you Mr Parker for an entertaining journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Emma

    Gtg bye and ur welcome

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    Very good, as is all of his Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch books

    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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