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Blue-Eyed Devil
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"Everyone is given to covetousness;
And from the prophet even to the priest,
Everyone deals falsely.
They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly,
Saying, 'Peace, peace!'
When there is no peace." -- Jeremiah 6:13-14 (NKJV)

This brief series ends with Blue-Eyed Devil. Fortunately for fans of Robert B. Parker who are in mourning over his passing, the shape of where the series was probably going is clear by the end of this book. It's a nice parting gift.

The contrast between partners Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, and their friend, Pony, and almost everyone else is enormous. The three men seek to do the right thing. Everyone else wants something that someone else has.

The story is a nice role reversal from the traditional western, the "law" is a big part of the illegal activities. As a result, Virgil, Everett, and Pony must walk a narrow tightrope while keeping their eyes open for hostile potshots.

Mr. Parker richly endowed the book with ironies, shifting alliances, and character flaws that are fatal in the ways that classical Greek dramatists appreciated. Even when standing up to tough men aiming to kill them, a woman can be a man's undoing. It's a story straight out of the Garden of Eden.

How can such a simple morality play work so well? That's what westerns are, and many modern novels are notoriously amoral. We crave for wrongs to be righted and justice to be done. Mr. Parker provides that here with a full house of laconic wit and challenging circumstances. Here's an example of the partners talking after meeting the newest hired gun in town.

"'Why'd he want to see you?'

Virgil smiled.

'So he'd know what I looked like,' Virgil said.

'You think it's you?' I said.

'I don't think he was just being neighborly,' Virgil said.

'Anything personal?' I said.

'Chauncey Teagarden? Hell, no. He got no feelings. Somebody hired him.'

'We know who that would be,' I said.

'Probably,' Virgil said.

'We gonna do anything about it?' I said.

'We'll await developments,' Virgil said.'"

Be prepared for a quick read and a wild ride in Appaloosa.
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on December 25, 2010
A final Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch novel sees the 'boys back in Appaloosa. This time they make trouble for a pretentious sheriff and a CSA general. Allie the girlfriend is there also. A hired gun Chauncey Teagarden appears and will there be a shoot out with Virgil? Well read and find out. Meanwhile our two heroes get in the middle of a little battle with the nearby First Nations band and show themselves as surprisingly Liberal for the late 19th century American west, even when the "balloon goes up". As with the other RBP westerns, this one is written in short, choppy chapters, easy to put down for a while and skim through the drier parts. Parker was producing novels at a high rate, four series + kid's books + art book in his final years, this series became a little too formulaic.
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They`re back in Appaloosa, Cole, Hitch and Allie, along with characters from previous books, Cato and Rose from "Resolution", Pony and Laurel from "Brimstone". This time they`re up against the police chief and his gang of deputies; a former Confederate general and rancher who, along with a hired gunslinger has a score to settle with Virgil, and a bunch of murderous Indians. Not a spoiler to figure out who wins.

I was sorry to see this series end, just as I hated to see the last of Jesse Stone and Spencer. Beware of additional books in these series, the title of which begins ,"Robert B Parker`s ..." They`re by authors cashing in on Parker`s reputation. They may be good, I don`t know, I haven`t read them, but it`s safe to say they`re no Parker. Nobody is.
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on March 27, 2014
This novel written by Robert B Parker is so well written, and true to the transition of the west from good guys and true lawman to modern and well corrupted police hierarchy.
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on February 11, 2014
All Robert Parker book are fun to read. I especially like the western ones. They are a really nice change from his other books.
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on September 13, 2014
love it
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