Brimstone
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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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Mystery stalwart Parker’s 2005 western Appaloosa may have surprised a few folks, but really, where better than the Old West for his terse, punchy dialogue; buddy-bond themes; and propulsive, rock-steady storytelling? This follow-up finds Everett Hitch in the town of Resolution, drawing pay for peacekeeping the Blackfoot Saloon, owned by a scheming cross-eye who goes by the name of Wolfson. When trouble starts, Hitch remembers the words of his partner, Virgil Cole: “Sometimes you got to kill one person early, to save from killing four or five later.” Well, Virgil ain’t always right, and after he arrives in town to lope around with Hitch, a war breaks out between Wolfson and pretty much the rest of the community. Between gunfights, the two heroes moralize on the law—there isn’t a stranger or funnier scene in any western than the two gunmen jawing over The Social Contract by “Russo”—and wonder if they aren’t on the wrong side of the fight. With a healthy, but not overly graphic, body count and a gravelly cadence of yep- and nope-based banter, it doesn’t take Parker long to clean up a town. If he’s disposed to take much more time away from Spenser et al., here’s to hoping he’ll linger awhile with Cole and Hitch. --Ian Chipman
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Picking up a year after the events of "Resolution," "Brimstone" follows the continuing adventures of Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, the two guns-for-hire as they search for Allie French, the woman who stole Virgil's heart in the town of Appaloosa. After finding her in a town brothel, the trio heads to the Texas town of Brimstone. But it ain't long before trouble finds them yet again.

A better-handled sequel than "Resolution," "Brimstone" returns some of the funny banter between Hitch and Cole, while creating a great story with great heroes and villains, strong character development, and several twists and surprises that will keep readers entertained until the climax. Fans of Robert B. Parker's previous novels will find much to enjoy in "Brimstone."

Grade: A-

| 1 out of 5 Stars!


Brimstone life saloon that's in a no-name town and she's just about at the end of her rope. They have to kill four men to get her back. The three of them then ride further and take up residence in Brimstone, where Cole and Hitch become deputy sheriffs and Ms. Allie takes up playing the organ for the Church of the Brotherhood that's run outlaw named Pike, who runs the best saloon in town and has plans for taking over the community and running it his way. Finally, there's an Indian named Buffalo Calf, who's killing settlers in the area and appears to have a grudge against Pike, who used to be an Indian fighter for the Army before he changed to a more profitable career. Cole and Hitch are going to have their hands full with this situation, especially when Pike brings in twenty-five hired guns to deal with Brother Percival and then the two deputy sheriffs. But Cole, being who he is, won't back down and doesn't mind if the odds are a little one sided. Hell, he likes a challenge!

As usual, Mr. Parker weaves an excellent story with a multitude of interesting characters that paint a picture of the old West. In fact, what makes this series so darn good are the lead characters of Cole and Hitch. These are the type of characters that quickly become friends with the reader, and you find yourself not only rooting for them, but wanting to learn more about them as fictional creations and to follow their onward journey. There's also the delightful banter between Cole and Hitch, especially when Hitch starts to tease Cole about being famous and having everyone treat him as if he was a hero. Hitch, on the other hand, is hardly noticed by anyone and brings that to his partner's attention more than once. And, after more than fifty novels (including the "Spenser" and "Jesse Stone" series) Mr. Parker's prose is lean and mean. He uses the bare essentials to convey dialogue, keeping the majority of sentences short and precise, and the description of characters and locations to a minimum, offering the reader just enough information to help in aiding their imagination.

Nothing is ever wasted in a Parker novel, and the books are always fast reads. As I've often said about the "Spenser" novels, each book is like visiting with an old friend for a couple of hours. You get to play catch up on how your friend has been doing for the past year and to find out what he's now up to. Such is the case with Brimstone. You get to sit down for a while with Cole and Hitch, watching as they do their thing, which is basically shooting the bad guys and making a small western town a much better place to live.

I don't know if there will be a fourth novel in what Mr. Parker calls the Appaloosa trilogy, but I certainly hope so. Though I'm not a big fan of the "western" genre, I am a big fan of the Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch novels. I also hope that Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen will return with a theatrical version of either Resolution or Brimstone. These are two excellent actors who captured the characters of Cole and Hitch perfectly and brought new life into the western movie. So, if you enjoy reading a good western or watching one, do yourself a favor and pick up the Appaloosa trilogy in hardcover or paperback, or the movie of Appaloosa on DVD. This is about as good as it gets!

| 4 out of 5 Stars!


I just finished Brimstone by Robert B. Parker. I may be at a disadvantage in that I haven't read the two prior novels, Resolution and Appaloosa so there may be points in Brimstone that deal with the back story that I was completely oblivious to. However, I didn't feel that I enjoyed Brimstone any less because of this, and I have something to look forward to in reading the first two novels.

I can't remember when I've enjoyed two characters more than I did Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. Parker does a masterful job in scripting the dialog between these two individuals, making the banter seem natural and organic. The storyline is also natural. Allie French has Cole tied up in knots emotionally. Cole finds Allie doing what is necessary to survive, and watch Cole deal with this is interesting and adds a very human string to the story.

As the characters make their way to Brimstone with the hope of settling down to a more normal life, you just seem to know that that ain't happening.

With wonderful characterization, great and natural dialog, and a terrific story you can't go wrong in investing your time reading Brimstone.

I'm looking forward to the movie.

Peace to all.

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