Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker

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When Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch arrive in Appaloosa, they find a town suffering at the hands of a renegade rancher who’s already left the city marshal and one of his deputies dead. Cole and Hitch are used to cleaning up after scavengers, but this one raises the stakes by playing not with the rules—but with emotion.

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About Robert B. Parker

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Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, Parker died in January 2010.
Published June 6, 2006 by Berkley. 296 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Bragg is arrested, tried and sentenced to be hung, but hired guns bust him out, leading to a long chase through Indian territory, a traditional high noon (albeit at 2:41 p.m.) shootout between Cole's men and Bragg's, a further escape and, at book's end, a final showdown.

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I’d previously passed Parker’s novel by, though I love his writing, because he’s Bostonian to the bone and I figured if I wanted to read Westerns (which I grew up on), I’d go back and pick up Louis L’Amour, Elmer Kelton, or the occasional Max Brand.

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Book Reporter

when Cole and Hitch make their move against him, Bragg utilizes Cole's one weakness, forcing Cole to make a decision that he will almost certainly regret.

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Entertainment Weekly

Parker's powerfully good new novel, Appaloosa — a departure from his Spenser mysteries — takes place in the Deadwood-era American West, where a band of outlaws have been preying on the citizens of the little hamlet of Appaloosa.

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Christian Science Monitor

The western has always been the movies' great refuge to express the virtues of individualism, but the reason some of us consider it (still) the greatest genre is that it can depict the single hero standing above the crowd while also profiling the complex arena of friendship.

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San Francisco Chronicle

But Mortensen, looking as malnourished as Dennis Quaid's Doc Holliday in "Wyatt Earp," is all brooding feral charm, and steals the movie from the protagonist.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Now, Hitch and Cole have followed him to the small town of Appaloosa.

What follows is a dance of wills where villains are cast in shades of grey, where heroes hide in the blackest shadows, where women can betray with frightening ease, and where Hitch and Cole will discover the price of re...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Worth Star Telegram 4 of 5 Stars "Parker has written a shoot-’em-up that is a delight all around.

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Monsters and Critics

Exterior shots of the big skies of Texas and New Mexico are kept to a minimum and the interior shots, framed by the beams, amplify the limited options of the four main characters and their crucible-like existence.

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Monsters and Critics

Some may find the film a little too slow and the action too fast for the wait, but I thought it was helped give the film the classic western feel.

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Rolling Stone

Having signed up to bring rough justice to Appaloosa, an 1880s town in the control of despotic rancher Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons), Virgil and Everett do everything that's expected, except show off or show fear.

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