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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307735478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307735478
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This excellent posthumous western from bestseller Parker (1932–2010) continues the saga of gun-slinging saddle pals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch (after Brimstone) as they trade wisecracks and hot lead with back-shooting owlhoots and murderous Apaches in the town of Appaloosa. Cole and Hitch used to be the law in town, but now Appaloosa has a corrupt, ambitious, and deadly police chief named Amos Callico backed up by 12 rifle-toting cops of dubious background, and though Callico sees Cole and Hitch as impediments to his plans for extortion and high political office, his threats don't worry the boys much. Meanwhile, Cole kills the son of a prominent rancher in a fair fight, renegade Apaches plan an attack on the town, and a mysterious dandy arrives in town with a sinister agenda. Fortunately, Cole and Hitch are smart and resourceful, and there's trickery, gunplay, and throat-cutting until only a few folks are left standing. Lean, fast, and full of snappy dialogue, it's everything a series fan would expect. (May)
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About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books, including the recent New York Times bestsellers Split Image and The Professional. He passed away in January 2010. Visit the author’s website at: www.robertbparker.net

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Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel 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). In June and October of 2005, Parker had national bestsellers with APPALOOSA and SCHOOL DAYS, and continued his winning streak in February of 2006 with his latest Jesse Stone novel, SEA CHANGE.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded Pearl Productions, a Boston-based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in many of Parker's novels.

Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston's Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America's rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker's fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. In February 2005, CBS-TV broadcast its highly-rated adaptation of the Jesse Stone novel Stone Cold, which featured Tom Selleck in the lead role as Parker's small-town police chief. The second CBS movie, Night Passage, also scored high ratings, and the third, Death in Paradise, aired on April 30, 2006.

Parker was named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.

Parker died on January 19, 2010, at the age of 77.

Customer Reviews

Just like the stories preceding it, this book develops great characters.
jlm
In "Blue-Eyed Devil", Virgil and Hitch return to Appaloosa where their story began.
Jerry Saperstein
How I will miss looking forward to the next book from one of my favorite authors.
K. Bryant

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on July 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Virgil Cole and Everett Hatch return to Appalossa where they had enforced the law in the past.

Currently, the town is run by Amos Callico, an ambitious, corrurpt, chief of police, and his twelve lawmen.

Callico is always looking for personal gain and his manner of providing justice is to demand kick backs from the businessmen and local residents.

Virgil and Everett are hired to provide personal security by Lamar Spec, at his saloon, The Boston House. When they do, Callico approaches them and complains that they are taking money that belongs to him. When that doesn't work, he asks if they would join him. He's rebuffed and soon, the two men are providing an honest brand of security for all of the saloons in town.

One day, their friend Pony Flores and his half brother, Kha-to-nay arrive. Pony tells them that his half brother has just killed a corrupt Indian Agent and robbed a bank. The government is after him for the first offense 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 was 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 as if I was sitting at a ring-side seat as the realistic action was unfolding before me.

Robert Parker passed away recently and all of literature will be sorry that he's not still with us, providing entertaining stories and believable characters who we'd like to emulate.
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71 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Jason Frost TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A conversation between my ego and my id about this book:

Rubicon: "... you like this book"?

Jason: "I did".

Rubicon: "What about it you like"? A lone tumbleweed passes between us as we sit in front of a worn down, empty saloon.

Jason: "When Virgil kills a man he don't make a speech. Or brag. He don't say much. Gotta `spect a man for that."

Rubicon: "You don't say much. Why"?

Jason: "S'pose, don't have much to say".

Rubicon: "Think the world will miss Robert B. Parker"? Jason thinks about this for a long while. So long in fact that I almost forgot I asked the question.

Jason: "Reckon they better". I wait because years have honed me to his tone, his inflections. He wasn't yet done.

Jason: "Too many writers now-a-days. Too many people with free time and a pen. Too many damn words that don't tell anything". (Another pause as he looks across the dusty, empty street). "Parker could speak more in one sentence that most folks could write in an entire book".

I keep silent. That's the most I done heard Jason talk, at one time mind you, in the seventeen years that I've known him. Once he sighs I know I can continue.

He does.

I do.

Rubicon: "Think they'll be another like him"?

Jason: "Reckon not".

Rubicon: "Wanna' visit the hoar house"?

Jason: "Reckon so". He smiles. I grin.

No, this wasn't your ordinary review because Mr. Parker wasn't your ordinary writer. Parker wasn't just a guy with stories to tell. Stories that needed to be told, sought out Mr. Parker to tell them. And the magic of his storytelling was that he didn't need a lot of words to do it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ruth B. Ingram on May 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Some of you may not understand the title but having been a Robert Parker fan all of his publishing days and seriously in love with strong, silent men like Virgil and Everett my heart aches for the passing of a master. This was a good bye novel and you should read the earlier Virgil and Everett novels to pick up the pace and taste of their laid back, calm acceptance of the violence of the world and the cure of it. These men function in a time and place where violence is the cause and cure of many problems. Reading this book was a trip back in time and bittersweet because I know there would be no more. There is no one writing of the caliber of Robert Parker.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on June 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Robert B. Parker was that rarest of writers: a commercially successful author unafraid of taking risks in his craft. The acknowledged "dean of mystery writers," he stepped away from that genre completely in 2005 to start a western series with the publication of APPALOOSA. Now, several months after his death, comes the release of the third book in that series, BLUE-EYED DEVIL.

Parker proves that, had he started a few decades earlier, he could have made Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch as popular as Spenser and Hawk. He also shows that he ranks up there with great western writers like Louis L'Amour and Larry McMurtry. And here we see again what made Parker such an outstanding writer: he makes readers want to spend time with his protagonists.

Parker's writing is so good, so exact, that he has you sitting on the porch in front of the Boston Saloon, eavesdropping on the conversations of Cole and Hitch and totally engaged in their situation. In BLUE-EYED DEVIL, they have returned to the small outpost town of Appaloosa after rescuing the love of Cole's life, Allie, from a brothel in the last installment of the series, BRIMSTONE. Cole and Hitch do itinerant "gun work" and once were the law in Appaloosa. But when they get back, they find that there is a new sheriff in town. Parker describes him on page one: "He was tall and very fat in a derby hat and dark suit, with a star on his vest, and a big black-handled Colt in a Huckleberry inside his coat. Standing silently around the room were four of his police officers, dressed in white shirts and dark pants, each with a Colt on his hip."

Amos Callico is more like Tony Soprano than your typical sheriff, shaking down the saloon owners for protection money. But then again, he has big ambitions.
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