When we last saw Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole, they had just restored peace to the rough-and-tumble town of Resolution. Virgil, however, has only one thing on his mind these days: Allie French, the woman who stole his heart in Appaloosa. Even though Allie ran off with another man, Virgil is determined to find her--with Everett's help.
Moving from town to town, the pair finally find Allie in a small-town brothel. Her spirit crushed, Allie joins Everett and Virgil as they relocate to the up-and-coming town of Brimstone, but things are not the same between Virgil and Allie. Vowing to change, Allie thinks she has found redemption through the town's church and its sanctimonious priest, Brother Percival. Given their reputations as guns for hire, Everett and Virgil are able to secure positions as the town's deputies. But Brother Percival stirs up trouble at the local saloons, and as the violence escalates into murder, Virgil and Everett struggle to keep the peace.
I'm a big fan of Robert B. Parker, and enjoyed the 2 books preceding in this story line, Apaloosa and Redemption. This 3rd installment brought nothing new to the story. There were times I thought I was accidently listening to one of the previous books. It was that similiar. Stand on its own, it is a decent book. Reading it as the 3rd in a series, it fell flat, coming across as rechurning the plot and character formulas of the previous books. I don't want to see him become a Louis L'Amour, who was a good writer, but if you read any 3 of his books, you read them all. 1+2+3=6 no matter what the town name that Virgil and Everett find themselves in.