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by Robert B. Parker

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Title:Brimstone
Authors:Robert B. Parker
Info:Berkley (2010), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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Two Texas lawmen, search for the woman who has won one of their hearts.

The lawmen are reminiscent of Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae of "Lonesome Dove," as they eventually find the woman working as a whore in a run down bar in southern Texas.

The men rescue the woman and go to Brimstone where they learn that the sheriff needs help. The town is growing with the railroad and cattle business and the sheriff has a number of towns to look after.

He appoints Virgil and Everett deputies and they observe the conflict between a major bar owner in the town and a preacher who preaches militant Christianity.

It's interesting to watch as a confrontation develops.

I enjoyed the story and felt that the characters were realistically portrayed. ( )
  mikedraper | Mar 30, 2013 |
As one who has read quite a number of Parker's novels, I've found myself enjoying them less with each new one. With this perfunctory effort, it's clear that Parker's best work was behind him. Brimstone has no character development, description, or plot twists, or anything like humor or the snappy dialogue Parker fans have come to enjoy. The story line is bare bones and predictable and populated with caricatures. What's more, the text is written at a grade school level; notwithstanding the occasional three syllable word thrown in to show Virgil Cole's struggles with the language (a gag that's lost its charm), the "paragraphs" average one or a few simple short sentences. Brief and sparse, this is just Parker going through the motions. oh well. ( )
5 vote danielx | Dec 14, 2010 |
Although they don't mention their hats much, both Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch qualify to wear white ones. In this outing, they are mostly in the business of saving not-so-fair maidens from fates worse than death, keeping the peace in the saloon town of Brimstone, and trying to process the first situation either of them can recall in which neither of them quite knows what Virgil is going to do. Quintessential Parker. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Aug 22, 2010 |
What a great read! This was an actual 'you can't put it down' book as I polished it off in less than a day. Great follow-up to Appaloosa and I'm thinking there will be another. At least I hope so; fine characters, dialogue, etc. Yes, it's an edgy, semi-predictable Western in the flavor of Lonesome Dove, but that can't be that bad can it? ( )
  repb | Mar 14, 2010 |
Brimstone is the third in a series of western novels by Robert B. Parker. Widely known as the creator of Spenser, Boston Detective, Parker has created two new vivid characters in shootists Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. In this Parker tale, the Western convention of the wealthy man taking over a town piece by piece, Cole and Hitch arrive on the trail of Cole's lover, Allie, and become deputy sheriff's in the town of Brimstone where muscular Christianity does battle with saloon sin as a backdrop to the novel. I'd give it an A for dialog and a C+ for plot.
  nknail | Sep 9, 2009 |
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For Joan: Well worth the pressure
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It's a long ride south through New Mexico and Texas, and it seems even longer when you stop in every run-down, aimless little dried-up town, looking for Allie French.
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New York Times-bestselling author Robert B. Parker takes aim at the Old West with this brilliantly crafted follow-up to Resolution and Appaloosa, again featuring guns-for-hire Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch.

W hen we last saw Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, they had just put things to right in the rough-and-tumble Old West town of Resolution. It's now a year later, and Virgil has only one thing on his mind: Allie French, the woman who stole his heart from their days in Appaloosa. Even though Allie ran off with another man, Virgil is determined to find her, his deputy and partner Everett Hitch at his side. Making their way across New Mexico and Texas, the pair finally discover Allie in a small-town brothel. Her spirit crushed, Allie joins Everett and Virgil as they head north to start over in Brimstone. But things are not the same between Virgil and Allie; too much has happened, and Virgil can't face what Allie did to survive the year they were apart. Vowing to change, Allie thinks she has found redemption through the local church and its sanctimonious leader, 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, the two struggle to keep the peace.

As sharp and clear as the air over the high desert, Brimstone proves once again that Robert B. Parker is a force of nature (The Boston Globe).
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Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole track down Virgil's sweetheart Allie and the three head north to start over in the town of Brimstone. Given their reputations as guns for hire, Everett and Virgil are able to secure positions as the town's deputies. But a sanctimonious leader of a local church stirs up trouble at the local saloons, and as the violence escalates into murder, the two struggle to keep the peace.… (more)

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