After the bloody confrontation in Appaloosa, Everett Hitch heads into the afternoon sun and ends up in Resolution, an Old West town so new the dust has yet to settle. Its the kind of town that doesnt have much in the way of commerce, except for a handful of saloons and some houses of ill repute. Hitch takes a job as lookout at Amos Wolfsons Blackfoot Saloon and quickly establishes his position as protector of the ladies who work the backroomsas well as a man unafraid to stand up to the enforcer sent down from the OMalley copper mine.
Though Hitch makes short work of hired gun Koy Wickman, tensions continue to mount, so that even the self-assured Hitch is relieved by the arrival in town of his friend Virgil Cole. When greedy mine owner Eamon OMalley threatens the loose coalition of local ranchers and starts buying up Resolutions few businesses, Hitch and Cole find themselves in the middle of a makeshift war between OMalleys men and the ranchers. In a place where law and order dont exist, Hitch and Cole must make their own, guided by their sense of duty, honor, and friendship.
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"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." - Publishers Weekly.
"Parker's writing is a pure pleasure to read - terse and strong, it carries a good story and lays its messages between the lines." - Library Journal.
"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." - Kirkus Reviews.
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Robert B. Parker was the author of more than 60 books including westerns and young-adult novels, but is best known for his detective novels featuring Boston private-eye Spenser. In recent years he introduced a new protagonist, Jesse Stone, an alcoholic ex-ballplayer turned small-town chief of police.
Parker's novels featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis comment, "We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story" (The New York Times Book Review).
"I read Parkers Spenser series in college," the best-selling writer Harlan Coben said in a 2007 interview with The Atlantic Monthly. "...
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