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"The sky is not less blue because the blind man cannot see it." Danish Proverb
on July 5, 2010
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.