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)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Brimstone (Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series #3)by Robert B. Parker
"When we last saw Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole, they had just put things to right in the rough-and-tumble Old West town of Resolution. It's now a year later, and Virgil has only one thing on his mind: Allie French, the woman who stole his heart during their days in Appaloosa. Even though Allie ran off with another man, Virgil is determined to find her, with his… See more details below
"When we last saw Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole, they had just put things to right in the rough-and-tumble Old West town of Resolution. It's now a year later, and Virgil has only one thing on his mind: Allie French, the woman who stole his heart during their days in Appaloosa. Even though Allie ran off with another man, Virgil is determined to find her, with his deputy and partner, Everett, at his side. Making their way across New Mexico and Texas, the pair finally locate Allie in a small-town brothel, her body and spirit crushed. Together the three head north to start over in Brimstone." "But things are no longer the same between Virgil and Allie; too much has happened, and Virgil can't face what Allie did to get by during the year they were apart. Allie vows to change, and seeks redemption through the local church and its charismatic leader, Brother Percival. Allie is not alone in her devotion to the hellfire-and-damnation-spouting minister, whose sermons railing against the evils of whiskey and gambling have enthralled the townspeople. Percival is quick with the collection plate - and quick to want Allie for his own." Everett and Virgil easily secure positions as the town's deputies, thanks to their gun-for-hire reputations. Their authority is immediately challenged when Brother Percival stirs up trouble at local saloons. Violence escalates into murder as Virgil and Everett struggle to keep the peace - and keep Allie from harm's way.
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