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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425241455
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Series: Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 110,509
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

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. 93 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.
psghook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
fun read,sorry its the end.
mikedraper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Virgil Cole and Everett Hatch return to Appaloosa where they once served as the town's law enforcers.Currently, the town is run by Amos Callico, an ambitious, corrupt, chief of police, and his twelve lawmen. His method of dispensing justice is to demand kick-backs from businessmen in the town.Virgil and Everett are hired to provide personal security by Lamar Spec, at his saloon, The Boston House. Lamar doesn't want to pay Callico his fees.Callico approaches the two former lawmen and complains that they are taking money that belongs to him, then he asks if they would like to join him. When he is rebuffed, word spreads and soon the two former lawmen are providing honest security for all of the saloons in town.One day, their old friend, Pony Flores and his half brother, Kha-to-nay, arrive. Pony's half brother doesn't like white men because they took his and his people's land. He only speaks to other Indians so Pony has to speak for him.Pony tells them that his half brother killed a crooked Indian agent and robbed a bank. The government is after him for the first incident and the Pinkertons for the other.Parker is a master story teller. As I breezed through the pages, I kept thinking of Gary Cooper in "High Noon" and humming the theme song from the movie.Parker's visual descriptions and entertaining characters make the reader want the story to go on and on.I really enjoyed the book and felt that I was sitting at a ring-side seat as the action was unfolding before me.
Stir on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gives a fast read a bad name. Way too fast. If the book had been flushed out at all it would be worth a read.
MissCrabtree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK, shoot me cuz I'm guilty of being a big Robert J Parker fan. However, I admit, your honor, that he may not be for everyone. His specialty is dialogue between tough characters and he has made a career out of it. This book is a western and consists mainly of conversations between two gun fighters. There is no hidden message, no deeper meaning. You will finish it quickly as dialogue creates lots of space on the page and the paper in the book is extra thick (which means its a short book). But I loved this one as I enjoy all of his books.
delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't believe that I have ever read Robert B Parker, and after reading this book, I haven't missed anything. If I am not mistaken, this Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch series has been made into a least one movie. The action is slow, and the characters are trite. I finished the book in less thatn a day, and feel that time was wasted. A code of killing among gunfighters, and a sense of friendship, even when one is hired to kill the other. I felt like I had stepped into a slow motion picture, would not recommend this novel to anyone.
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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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