Appaloosa (Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series #1)

Appaloosa (Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series #1)

by Robert B. Parker


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The New York Times bestselling Western from Robert B. Parker

Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole are lawmen and friends who share the brutal hardships of an emerging West. But the courage that has defined them is challenged by a man without conscience or remorse. Now, Hitch and Cole have followed him to the small town of Appaloosa.

What follows is a dance of wills where villains are cast in shades of grey, where heroes hide in the blackest shadows, where women can betray with frightening ease, and where Hitch and Cole will discover the price of responsibility, honor, and loyalty in the Old West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425233658
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Series: Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 330,729
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

Date of Birth:

September 17, 1932

Date of Death:

January 18, 2010

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971

What People are Saying About This

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“Like the Spenser books, it’s a study of Parker’s enduring themes: buddy relationships, the weight that honor and responsibility put on a man, the consequences of violence, the way good can shade into bad and vice versa…a melancholy and sometimes moving tale of a lost but fascinating era.”—The Seattle Times

“Dryly amusing…a conclusion that had to make Parker smile as much as his readers will.”—Los Angles Times

“[Parker] takes total command of the genre, telling a galloping tale…[a] classic western… magnificent. As always, the writing is bone clean. One of Parker’s finest.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“For…readers with a hankering for the Wild West, including a high-noon shootout and all the accoutrements.”—USA Today

“Beneath the trappings of this gunfighter novel, Parker really has something to say about the nature of men and women in the Old West. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

“As always, [Parker] is a master…his plot gallops to a perfect, almost mythical ending. Like a great gunfighter, Parker makes it look easy.”—St. Petersburg Times

“If Spenser and Hawk had been around when the West was wild, they’d have talked like Cole and Hitch. Wonderful stuff: notch 51 for Parker.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Appaloosa (Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
jeffg2000 More than 1 year ago
Parker did a good job with this, a fast read,
philoniousmonk More than 1 year ago
I had already read some of Parker's "Jesse Stone" books and enjoyed them. I recently rented "Appaloosa" so when I found out it was also a Parker book, I wanted to read it. I normally like to read the book before the movie, but in this case, the movie followed the book so closely that it didn't really matter. I liked both so much that I plan on reading the rest of the series very soon. One of the things that made this such an enjoyable read was the dialog between Cole and Hitch. The ending was a bit of a surprise but perfect. The fact that the movie followed the book so closely says a lot about the quality of Parker's writing.
enigmacomp More than 1 year ago
I am nearing the end of the list in my queat to read all of the books written by Robert B. Parker. As usual, this book doesn't disappoint. Mr. Parker is gifted at not only weaving a complex tale, but at making it amusing, thought provoking, and yet somehow light. The pervasing theme to all of his works remains that of enduring love and friendship, the ability of his characters to communicate with one another wordlessly, and accept these others for who they are. In this regard, the characters of Everett and Virgil mirror those of Spencer and Susan in his detective series. As lawmen / gunslingers they adhere to their own moral code, which guides when and how it is permissible to kill. A code difficult to disagree with, it also includes their views on treatment of women ahead of the time.
Mike_the_Author More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie based on this novel and could not wait to read the book. I am a few pages away from the ending. I DON'T WANT IT TO END!!! I am going to savor those last few pages!!! I will probably not read the sequels due to not wanting to get caught up in the series, but this is a fast and entertaining read. The author puts the reader in the saddle. I could feel myself in the horse blanket taking in the wild smells, eating beef jerky, eating hardtack with bitter tasting coffee-all around the campfire. God I just loved it. One of the big shootout scenes had me on the edge of my seat. I actually felt the fear experienced by Virgil and Everett just before the fight!!! I was the third man helping them in that gunfight!!! That's how good the writing is--he puts us there with the characters. Can't say enough about this gem of a book. Just hate to see it end. BUY THIS BOOK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the headline suggest I rarely read westerns but liking Robert Parker I decided to give it a chance. I admit I was not disappointed and read it in one sitting. It has a noncomplicated theme so if you are lokking for a complex story you won't find it. The chaacters are interesting as is the story. If you have never read westerns or don't like them this one may change your mind.
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Katymelrose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Westerns really aren't my thing, but I do like Robert B. Parker and my parents both recommended Appaloosa. I listened to it on audiobook. I enjoyed it, but it didn't blow me away and doesn't make me want to read more westerns. It was just okay for me, but I'm definitely not the target audience and I would think that fans of westerns would appreciate it.
level250geek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fans of the Western will find nothing new here, but they won't find anything tired either. Resting comfortably in the boots of stock characters--the lawman, his partner, his woman, and his nemesis--and moving by a decent pace that sacrifices long, expository narrative for nimble dialogue, this book is a fun read that manages to be just deep and complex enough to welcome some post-reading thoughts. Shoot-outs are quick and clean, there's lots of coffee and whiskey, and all the characters--save for the truly villainous--are good to their word and believe in honest morals. It's a simple story, but one that we love because of its simplicity. Of course, as with all good stories, there are twists and turns, and one final twist complicates things in a pleasantly real way.
thejazzmonger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The talented and imminently readable Robert B. Parker turns his hand to the Old West with satisfying results. The main characters are Virgil Cole, a fast and deadly gun hand, and Everett Hitch, his loyal deputy and sidekick. Their relationship, and subtle co-dependency, will remind long-time Parker readers of Spenser and Hawk.Virgil is the top hand, no doubt about that. He is the "keeper of the code" and the man whose prowess with a six-shooter is legendary. Everett is the educated one (West Point), with significant experience in the US Army and a devotee of his trusted 8-gauge shotgun.
barefootlibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first foray into the Western genre, and I really enjoyed it! I like Parker's style of writing and you can feel the tones of his Jesse Stone style here. Hitch is a fantastic character, likable and human without being too rough to relate too. Bragg is a great villain and I was pleasantly surprised by the twist with his thread. Personally, I find Allie French annoying and without redeeming qualities, and that doesn't change ever in the story. However, it didn't stop me from reading the next two in the series, and I plan to pick up the fourth, Blue Eyed Devil, as soon as it comes out in May. A good read, definitely worth checking out.
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really good western novels are few and far between. Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker can join that rare breed as it more than exceeded my expectations. Good story, original and interesting characters, a place setting that helped define the book.The small town of Appaloosa needed help in dealing with a ruthless rancher and his hired guns. They found what they needed when Virgil Cole and his assistant Everett Hitch ride in town. Cleaning up towns is their specialty. Yes, the plot is familiar but Robert Parker manages to put his own twist on events. He also adds a few bumps in road for Cole and Hitch, especially in the person of Allie French, a woman of mystery that Cole takes up with.I have seen the excellent movie that has been made from this book and I had a hard time divorcing myself from the movie characters while I read this book. Although picturing Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen is not exactly a hardship. One of my favorite things in this book is the dialogue, sparse yet full of prose, it positively rolls off the tongue.If you are in the mood for a straight forward, adventuresome western yarn, Appaloosa is the real deal.
bookheaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love a good western and this one fit the bill. It had all the necessary ingredients: American Indians, femme fatale, gunfights, long treks across the wilderness, strong, silent hero. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Brandon.Law on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fast-paced story with an excellent tale of friendship. Although I had already seen the 2008 major motion picture based on it, it did not ruin the book.
tajohnson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slow story with entertaining bits of western action. Predictable story and the love drama between the characters was drawn out. I think the book would have been better if it was just lawmen against the badguys. The love story just slowed the book down and was a not needed dynamic for me in this western novel.
Jthierer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't think I realized how incredibly similar the book and movie versions of this story were. I saw the movie in theaters when it came out, and I found myself recognizing dialogue and scenes that were taken almost verbatim from the book. For me, this added to my enjoyment of both because it gave me a visual reference for the book but also deepened the characters that I first encountered in the movie.
dickcraig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first book I downloaded to my Kindle. I love the Parker novels for a quick read. This was the first one of his westerns I read. It is the usual Spencer storyline where a tough marshal and a reserved deputy try to clean up a lawless town. If you want a quick 2 hour read, this is good entertainment.
insanepoet65 More than 1 year ago
TITLE: Appaloosa (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch Series #1) AUTHOR: Robert B. Parker GENRE: Western PAGES: 277 Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser Series, Jesse Stone Series, and Sunny Randall Series (all of them mystery/thriller) tried his hand at the western genre, and it worked! Virgil Cole is a legend when it comes to gun hands. As years have gone by, he has had several partners, many have ended up dead. Then he meets Everett Hitch, a veteran and West Point graduate. The two become partners and move from town to town, taming each town in need of their talents as lawmen. They are hired by the town council of Appaloosa, a small town that is being over run by a cattle baron’s (Randall Bragg) hired hands, who thieve, get rowdy drunk, and basically make the fine citizens of the town feel unsafe. Cole and Hitch come into town and institute their own laws, and kill a few men to make their point. Along the way, Virgil Cole falls in love, or at least as close to love as he will admit, with Mrs. Allie French. Tensions start to rise between Cole, Hitch, and Bragg, especially when Allie French is thrown into the mix. This is a western in every sense of the word. Anyone who is a fan of westerns will enjoy reading this one. Anyone who is not a fan of westerns but wants to give the genre a try, this is a good place to start. It move fast, like a bullet fired from a gun. The gunfights in the book happen just as fast, so fast that if you blink you miss it, and for me that is drawback. In one case, there is a gunfight involving six men and completed within one single page. I am used to a gunfight involving that many men going on for at least two to three pages. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves any genre. The writing is sharp, the story moves along, there is good character development on all counts, and you can even taste the duct from the streets, or feel the mud when rain comes in. I give this 5 out of 5 Bookmarks!
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Sannois More than 1 year ago
I couldn't get past the prologue. I picked this up because I enjoyed the movie. I got the book used, and I'm glad I didn't pay more for it than I did. Maybe I'm just a curmudgeon, but the prologue is a couple of bad guys raping a woman. I couldn't get through it. And the language used by the bad guys in the prologue is something you'd expect to hear in an HBO original show. It doesn't bother me as much in movies or music, but I don't want to read stuff like that. Maybe the main body of the book is better, but I wouldn't know. If I don't like a book, I'll usually donate it to the library. I threw this one in the trash. I'm giving this a 2/5 because the movie was entertaining and I'm giving the main text of the book the benefit of the doubt. If you read this book, do yourself a favor and skip the prologue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They rinsed themselves with water then ran toward the others. (O.o where are the others?)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Come on Rose!'he said with cheerche didnt feel. "Lets get to the new camp and fix you up!'
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PAUL-TTB More than 1 year ago
you can put this one down to do something else
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