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.