Brimstone (Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series #3)

Brimstone (Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series #3)

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by Robert B. Parker
     
 

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Cole and Hitch are back in a new Western classic...

The guns-for-hire introduced in Robert B. Parker's Appaloosa are back...

When Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch track down the woman who stole Virgil's heart, they find a dispirited prostitute rather than the innocent beauty she once was. Now they must save her, even if murder is the price

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Cole and Hitch are back in a new Western classic...

The guns-for-hire introduced in Robert B. Parker's Appaloosa are back...

When Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch track down the woman who stole Virgil's heart, they find a dispirited prostitute rather than the innocent beauty she once was. Now they must save her, even if murder is the price of redemption.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Parker's gunslinging saddle pals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch return for their third adventure, in which the two lawmen-for-hire exchange snappy dialogue and hot lead with assorted owlhoots, deadbeats and unwashed baddies in south Texas. Here, Virgil and Everett rescue Allie French, Virgil's former sweetie who ran off to become a prostitute, and head to Brimstone, where the two gunmen sign on as deputy sheriffs. Brimstone, however, doesn't exactly provide a quiet respite for this trio. Virgil and Allie have a hard time getting over his hurt and her shame, a mysterious Indian is killing local folks and leaving taunting messages, and brutal saloon owner Pike and corrupt preacher Brother Percival are headed for a showdown. Virgil and Everett settle on a tricky solution that involves a talented tracker, a bribe, a double-cross, a noxious cloud of gun smoke and a pile of perforated bodies. The result is classic Parker-exciting, suspenseful, fast-moving and entertaining. (May)

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Kirkus Reviews
Freelance gunslingers Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch (Resolution, 2008, etc.) ride into yet another town and treat it to another baptism of fire. Though he hasn't seen Allie French for a year, Virgil has never given up hope of finding her again. Riding south with sidekick and amanuensis Everett, he catches up with her in Placido, Texas. Virgil and Everett spirit her off in jig time, but the magic doesn't return so easily. Everett can spot the problem with Virgil right off: "With Allie he was different. I didn't like different." Clearly it'll take something special to rekindle the flame-something like the job Virgil and Everett are offered as deputy sheriffs in nearby Brimstone, "an actual town" that's more than just a collection of gamblers, drunks and whores. Val Verde County sheriff Dave Morrissey is concerned by the growing tension between Pike, a gang leader who's opened a perfectly law-abiding saloon, and Brother Percival, a firebrand revivalist determined to close down every watering hole in Brimstone. With each saloon Brother Percival shutters, his mission sets him more clearly on a collision course with Pike. The episodic plot prescribes some preliminary skirmishes: the kidnapping of a slain rancher's wife and daughter by a Comanche brave with a grudge against Pike; their rescue by Virgil and Everett and a half-breed tracker they've hooked up with; and their traumatic difficulties readjusting to life in Brimstone. But there's never any doubt that all this is heading to a climactic showdown between Pike and Brother Percival, followed by a post-climactic showdown between Virgil and his friends and the sole survivor, according to the iron rule that governed Virgil's first twoadventures: "Let the vermin fight to the death and then pick off the winner."No surprises, but provides some excellent evidence for anyone who wants to argue that Spenser's creator has been writing nothing but westerns for 35 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101050491
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Series:
Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch Series , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
46,049
File size:
573 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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
Education:
B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971
Website:
http://robertbparker.net/

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Brimstone (Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Fighterjock More than 1 year ago
I enjoy these easily read novels because the characters are easy to like. They are simple men, yet philosophically, black and white, good and bad complex, no gray areas. It will be a shame to see this series end after book # 4.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parker shows his western prowess once again as we continue our time in the lives of Cole and Hitch. It's another trying tale, in another dusty coming of age town. An old character returns, and while you expect more of the same, that's not the case. This new town has new characters, with new goals and ambitions, presenting new issues for Cole and Hitch in the old west. It moves quick, with many climatic points, although the ending is fairly predictable. Never the less, it's a great read, but do yourself a favor and read Appaloosa and Resolution before you open Brimstone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first in this western series by Robert Parker was Appalosa. This was made into a movie with excelletn casting. The second book, Resolution,, continued the plot in another town. This book is a further continuation, and somewhat of a resolution of the relationship betwen Virgil Cole and his loved one. I hope they make movies of the latest two. These are westerns in the "Gunsmoke" genre. A good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Storyline follows the same path as the previous two books but still a fun read.
scooterbutt1 More than 1 year ago
Marshall Cole & Deputy Hitch have rid the country of another clan of evildoers and also rescued a fair damsel in distress. This would be another excellent choice in the series from Mr. Parker to select to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For someone who does not like western, I realling enjoyed this series of books.
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This second book in the series as good as if not better than the first. Fast read, straight to the heart of the matter and holds you there until the last page. It leaves you wanting more.
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KayTN More than 1 year ago
I read a wide varity and a good western is always enjoyable. This is a good western, an hardly wait to read the next in the series. Thanks B&N.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a good cowboy read this series is it!! I love the characters. Robert B Parker is one of my favorites. I hope the series continues!!! P.S. If you haven't read Jesse Stone series.
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phineasfreak More than 1 year ago
Played to perfection by Ed Harris and Viggo Mortenson in Apaloosa, Virgil Cole and Everitt Hitch are soft hearted dealers of death. Fabulous characters abound. Great dialogue. Only problem is bang for the buck, but I say treat yourslf and try the firt one.
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