Resolution (Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series #2)

Resolution (Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series #2)

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by Robert B. Parker
     
 

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Features the main characters first introduced in Appaloosa- now a major motion picture from New Line Cinema.

A greedy mine owner threatens the coalition of local ranchers in the town of Resolution, pitching two honorable gunfighters, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, into a make-shift war that'll challenge their friendship -and the violently shifting laws of

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Features the main characters first introduced in Appaloosa- now a major motion picture from New Line Cinema.

A greedy mine owner threatens the coalition of local ranchers in the town of Resolution, pitching two honorable gunfighters, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, into a make-shift war that'll challenge their friendship -and the violently shifting laws of the West.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The most memorable Western heroes since Larry McMurtry's...Lonesome Dove."
- ASSOCIATED PRESS

"A sparse, bullet-riddled rumination on law and order."
-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"A pure pleasure to read."
-LIBRARY JOURNAL

"A reminder of just how much hardboiled fiction owes the Western."
-KIRKUS REVIEWS

Boston Globe
Robert B. Parker is a force of nature.
Publishers Weekly

Parker applies his customary vigor to this sequel to Appaloosa(2005), in a sparse, bullet-riddled rumination on law and order, friendship and honor. Narrator and hired gun Everitt Hitch takes a job as lookout in Amos Wolfson's Blackfoot Saloon and, in short order, guns down local upstart Koy Wickman and stands up for the town's beleaguered prostitutes. Without fully intending it, he creates a haven of orderliness amid the chaos of sheriff-less Resolution. But larger forces are at work as Eamon O'Malley, competing with Wolfson for control of Resolution, hires freelance thugs Cato and Rose to replace Wickman. Lest Everitt end up outnumbered, his old friend Virgil Cole turns up just as Wolfson and O'Malley amass armies for a decisive battle. Wolfson's army turns out to be the more unsavory and dishonorable, winning the day against O'Malley-but Virgil, Everitt, Cato and Rose are prepared to settle things the honorable way. Though the plot meanders its way to a too-fast climax, Parker's dialogue is snappy and his not-a-word-wasted scenes suit this Spartan western. (June)

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Library Journal

Parker's writing is a pure pleasure to read-terse and strong, it carries a good story and lays its messages between the lines. His latest Western picks up where Appaloosa left off with Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole together again working as hired guns for a nasty SOB named Wolfson. Wolfson wants to own the whole town of Resolution, but Eamon O'Malley, the local mine owner, stands in his way-Eamon with his gunslingers Cato and Rose. Wolfson is also squeezing the local farmers and small ranchers out of business. A range war is inevitable, and Cole and Hitch wind up champions of the little guys. This is more of a shoot-'em-up than Appaloosa was-plenty of action, not too much character development, fast and fun to read. Could this be the beginning of a new series? The film version of Appaloosa starring Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, and Renee Zellweger is set to be released later this year. Highly recommended for all Western collections.
—Ken St. Andre

Kirkus Reviews
Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole ride (separately) into the western town of Resolution and deal with the trouble that instantly springs up to greet them. Amos Wolfson, who owns the Blackfoot Saloon, has already lost several bouncers, one to a smartly placed bullet, when he offers the job to Everett Hitch. Hitch's approach to the position doesn't sound very ambitious. He sits night after night in the saloon with a shotgun, waiting to see what develops, and passing the time by adopting such a protective attitude toward local members of the oldest profession that Wolfson sneeringly calls him "Fucking Saint Everett of the Whores." For all of Hitch's sentimentality, his tactics are highly effective against Koy Wickman, the weaselly provocateur who works for copper-mine owner Eamon O'Malley. In no time at all Wickman's been retired, buried and replaced by the fearsome twosome of Cato Tillson and Frank Rose. When Virgil Cole arrives and decides to throw in with his old friend (Appaloosa, 2005) once more, the stage seems set for a showdown between the two legendary pairs of gunslingers as they eye each other from the saloons they've signed on to keep orderly. But Parker, in a pleasing twist, allows all four to sidestep the turf war between Wolfson and O'Malley for the land and limited wealth of Resolution, and to join forces against Wolfson's company store, which has been squeezing them dry. Cole calmly predicts that Wolfson will dismiss his inconveniently activist gunslingers only after he's found replacements prepared to stand against them, and that's exactly what happens. Jettisoning the increasingly feeble mysteries that have been the weakest part of his recent thrillers (Stranger in Paradise,2008, etc.), Parker focuses on what he does best-ritualistically clipped dialogue and manly posturing-and serves up a reminder of just how much hardboiled fiction owes the Western.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425227992
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Series:
Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
133,826
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.53(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"The most memorable Western heroes since Larry McMurtry's...Lonesome Dove."
- ASSOCIATED PRESS

"A sparse, bullet-riddled rumination on law and order."
-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"A pure pleasure to read."
-LIBRARY JOURNAL

"A reminder of just how much hardboiled fiction owes the Western."
-KIRKUS REVIEWS

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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Resolution (Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
DavidB54 More than 1 year ago
Robert B. Parker's books are easy reads...quick and fun. The characters come to life and you like them and can't wait to see what they do next. Very interesting stories and great dialog.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Parker has again written a two main character talky (albeit, expletive loaded)novel that is a fast read. Certainly, big print and wide margins help with speed of the read. Characters are developed well for me(a Parker strength)even though I did not read the predecessor Apaloosa. But, Parker of late is writing the spirit of Spenser/Hawk into each of his books regardless of the character's names. Maybe that's a penalty of writing so many novels about a handful of characters. Years ago he was much broader. His 1994 All Our Yesterday's was quite different and quite well done. Yet, I enjoyed this book and will continue to buy and read all Parker writes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this for fathers day and devoured it - a witty, funny fowl mouthed fast moving book that was just a pleasure to read!
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ChristineJ_MaMa_Jones More than 1 year ago
only thing I didn't like about this series of books was (a) the F-bomb dropped way too much -- it is totally unnecessary to the story and (b) this is not a romance novel so let's drop the explicit sexual descriptive - also not necessary to the story -- other than that - it's a good story! I won't be buying any more Parker books, because he feels the need to drop the F-bomb in all of them apparently - including the Jesse Stone series - bummer!
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