Bullets and buckshot fly in this New York Times bestselling Cole and Hitch novel from Robert B. Parker.
Newly appointed as Territorial Marshals, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are traveling by train on a mission to escort Mexican prisoners to the border. But when the Governor of Texas climbs aboard with his wife, daughters, and $500,000 in tow, the journey becomes a lot more complicated. An old enemy—still carrying plenty of scars from the last time he saw Virgil—has hitched a ride. He’s not alone. And he’s got vengeance on his mind.
Parker wrote 68 mystery and western novels before he died in 2010; now screenwriter Knott continues Parker's popular Virgil Cole series of gritty westerns featuring Parker's two signature western characters: lawmen-for-hire Cole and Everett Hitch. Knott, however, cannot match Parker's sharp style and careful blend of action, suspense, and dialogue, producing instead a melodramatic hayburner with a high body count and low excitement. Following Parker's Blue-Eyed Devil, Virgil and Everett are now territorial U.S. marshals riding a train through the Indian Territories. When a white outlaw gang holds up a train, bullets fly, bodies drop, and female hostages are taken. The steely-eyed, cold-blooded marshals vow to save everyone and "rid this train of these thieves." After a drawn-out gun battle, the few surviving robbers escape with the hostages but not what they were really after. Virgil, Everett, a steady town constable, and a deadly Choctaw pursue the gang, leading to a predictable, sappy showdown in an abandoned mining camp. Knott sticks to Parker's portrayals of Virgil and Everett as hard-boiled, badge-toting gunmen whose simple solution to every problem is to shoot everybody in sight, but the result is a disappointing knockoff of a previously successful western series.
Seems like Robert B. is still with us. Hope more movies come out. Books are best but movies are almost as good.
What can I say? If it is written by Robert B. Parker it has to be good. I feel like I lost a best friend. I first met him while in the hospital and a friend brought me one of his books, I was hooked .
After 15 years or so, I have purchased First Editions of every book he has written,but missed out on the western series until I got an IPad and now I just finished all of them. I know very little about computers (and IPads) but I know how to find the new authors carrying on his work. Thanks loads for keeping Robert B. Parker alive. I rate all his works with as many stars as possible.
great read. Not quite Robert B. but a really good Virgil and Everett tale. Keep the legend rolling!