Saturday, May 28, 2011

Not a mystery--BLUE-EYED DEVIL by Robert B. Parker

At the end of his life, Robert B. Parker’s best writing may have been his Westerns.

In Blue-Eyed Devil, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch save the town of Appaloosa from an Apache raid.  They stand against Appaloosa’s greedily ambitious police chief Amos Callico.  Virgil kills the son of a rich farmer who stupidly calls out Virgil.  And they protect several abused and hurting women, one of them a woman they rescued from the Apaches.

Underlying everything is Virgil’s code, the standard he uses to enforce order and to decide whom to kill.

Virgil expects to have to face off with another gunslinger that might be as good as he is.  Their relationship plays a large part in the story.

I read this book in one day.  It is straight first-person narrative from the point of view of Everett Hitch.  Like many Parker books, this book has interesting characters and a lot of dialogue.

Berkley has just published the first paperback edition of this novel.

Robert B. Parker's Blue-Eyed Devil is a strong story, well worth reading.


Anonymous said...

With these westerns I see too much "he said" "she said" and this dastracts from the story. I use the audio book instead of the written to that could make a difference.

Anonymous said...

Hey I like Spenser - Just can not get into This series !!

Joe Barone said...

One of the blessings of life is that we are all different. The first part of this story, the "he said" thing bothered me some too, but when he got into the story, I liked the action.

Thanks for your comments.

Anonymous said...

I was trying to remember the book that I had read. So went on a search thru our books. The story is "Brimstone" and the cover says "Robert B. Parker author of APPALOOSA". Brimstone & Appaloosa are about Everett and Virgil with Allie French as the love interest. Just wondering if you have read either of these and how they compare with "Blue-Eyed Devil."

Joe Barone said...

No, I haven't that I remember well enough to comment. Came upon Blue-Eyed Devil in an odd way. We had a 15% off coupon for B&N. We were in the store at the local mall, and my wife (who also reads Parker) picked up that book in paperback.

We have Appaloosa on our shelf to read. The two of us are working at reading through all the Parkers just to personally honor the body of his work.