Appaloosa

Appaloosa

Book - 2005
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Penguin Putnam
A richly imagined novel of the Old West, as spare and vivid as a high plains sunset, from one of the world's most talented performers.

It was a long time ago, now, and there were many gunfights to follow, but I remember as well as I remember anything the first time I saw Virgil Cole shoot. Time slowed down for him. Always steady, and never fast . . .

When it comes to writing, Robert B. Parker knows no boundaries. From the iconic Spenser detective series and the novels featuring Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone, to the groundbreaking historical novel Double Play, Parker's imagination has taken readers from Boston to Brooklyn and back again. In Appaloosa, fans are taken on another trip, to the untamed territories of the West during the 1800s.

When Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch arrive in Appaloosa, they find a small, dusty town suffering at the hands of renegade rancher Randall Bragg, a man who has so little regard for the law that he has taken supplies, horses, and women for his own and left the city marshal and one of his deputies for dead. Cole and Hitch, itinerant lawmen, are used to cleaning up after opportunistic thieves, but in Bragg they find an unusually wily adversary-one who raises the stakes by playing not with the rules, but with emotions.

This is Robert B. Parker at his storytelling best.

Baker & Taylor
Arriving in a small nineteenth-century western town only to discover that its sheriff has been killed and its residents placed at the mercy of renegade rancher Randall Bregg, itinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch find themselves facing an unusually challenging adversary who works by playing psychological games. By the author of Double Play. 125,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
When Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch arrive in Appaloosa, they find a small, dusty town suffering at the hands of renegade rancher Randall Bragg, a man who has so little regard for the law that he has taken supplies, horses, and women for his own and left the city marshal and one of his deputies for dead. Cole and Hitch, itinerant lawmen, are used to cleaning up after opportunistic thieves, but in Bragg they find an unusually wily adversary - one who raises the stakes by playing not with the rules, but with emotions.

Baker
& Taylor

Arriving in a small nineteenth-century western town where the sheriff has been killed and the residents are at the mercy of a renegade rancher, lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch face an adversary who works by playing psychological games.

Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2005
ISBN: 9780399152771
0399152776
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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MichaelRD Dec 22, 2014

This is the first of four Westerns by Robert B. Parker, who is more well known for his mystery novels. The fast pace of the story and the simple dialogue make this a pleasant and light read, especially if you are used to the more wordy Louis L'Amour style of western. Appaloosa is relatively gritty and hits on all the tropes you would expect: hardened lawmen, overpowered and power-hungry wealthy landowner and quite a bit of gun fighting here and there. This is the perfect read for someone who wants something light and easy to read while still being an engaging and enjoyable experience.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Great western stuff!! Ive never enjoyed the genre but this was just spectacular!

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RavenIsland
Jun 06, 2012

What a great book! For sheer easy and enjoyable reading, it doesn't get much better than 'Appaloosa'. Parker's well-drawn characters, Virgil Cole and Everitt Hitch, are both everything you might expect from a Western and also completely novel. The book is worth reading for the dialogue alone, which is often dry and hilarious. Parker knows his stuff, and 'Appaloosa' delivers - good story-telling, fun plot, excellent characters, and lots of action. One of my favorites.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Sexual Content: Rape. And other sexual encounters. Nothing overly graphic though.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: Very violent gun usage. Brain matter when people are shot ect...

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Coarse Language: A couple dozen F-bombs.

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Nov 20, 2012

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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