Resolution

The New York Times bestselling author s richly imagined work of historical fiction a powerful tale of the Old West from the acknowledged master of crime fiction.I had an eight gauge shotgun that I d taken with me when I left Wells Fargo It didn t take too long for things to develop I sat in the tall lookout chair in the back of the saloon with the shotgun in my lap forThe New York Times bestselling author s richly imagined work of historical fiction a powerful tale of the Old West from the acknowledged master of crime fiction.I had an eight gauge shotgun that I d taken with me when I left Wells Fargo It didn t take too long for things to develop I sat in the tall lookout chair in the back of the saloon with the shotgun in my lap for two peaceful nights On my third night it was different I could almost smell trouble beginning to cook After the bloody confrontation in Appaloosa, Everett Hitch heads into the afternoon sun and ends up in Resolution, an Old West town so new the dust has yet to settle It s the kind of town that doesn t have much in the way of commerce, except for a handful of saloons and some houses of ill repute Hitch takes a job as lookout at Amos Wolfson s Blackfoot Saloon and quickly establishes his position as protector of the ladies who work the backrooms as well as a man unafraid to stand up to the enforcer sent down from the O Malley copper mine Though Hitch makes short work of hired gun Koy Wickman, tensions continue to mount, so that even the self assured Hitch is relieved by the arrival in town of his friend Virgil Cole When greedy mine owner Eamon O Malley threatens the loose coalition of local ranchers and starts buying up Resolution s few businesses, Hitch and Cole find themselves in the middle of a makeshift war between O Malley s men and the ranchers In a place where law and order don t exist, Hitch and Cole must make their own, guided by their sense of duty, honor, and friendship.
Resolution The New York Times bestselling author s richly imagined work of historical fiction a powerful tale of the Old West from the acknowledged master of crime fiction I had an eight gauge shotgun that I d t

  • Title: Resolution
  • Author: Robert B. Parker
  • ISBN: 9780399155048
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Resolution”

    1. Yee Haw!! Spenser, the detective, goes West!Or so it seems.In this one, Robert B. Parker unsuccessfully tries to squeeze Spenser’s man code into cowboy britches and a ten gallon hat. This was probably written during Parker’s “fallow” period. Most things that became nauseating with his detective fiction around that time – formulaic plotting, slow plodding story, hackneyed characterizations – bleed into this turn at a western. Every time I read the clipped, macho pro-forma dialogue I t [...]

    2. A new version of the good old fashioned western shoot 'em up!In book two of Robert Parker's Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch series Hitch and Cole have moved on from Appaloosa and wind up as hired hands for an ambitious man looking to gobble up all the land and properties in and around the town of Resolution. In this world where life is cheap this manly tale of manly men doing manly deeds is violent as all get out. People get shot or at least beaten every few pages. Our so-called heroes' way of f [...]

    3. Resolution (Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch #2). This was an entertaining western but I thought the first one was better. Gonna read 1 more in the series and give it a go.

    4. Robert B Parker well known for his cration of PI Spenser and side kick Hawk and the cool chief of police from Paradise Jesse Stone did also create a couple of characters that lived in the Wild West and could be called gunfighters by the name of Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch.Hitch has taken a job as an outlook in the local bar of the town/village/settlement by the name of Resolution. There is a disagreement about who is the law in this particular place by the name Resolution. There is no sherif [...]

    5. Parker is just repeating himself in his mysteries and westerns by rehashing the same tired macho characters who live by the gunman's code that anyone who has read anything he's done in the last 20 years knows by heart. Even worse, the ending of Apaloosa was the first halfway original thing he'd done in years, and he reverses it in this book to get everything back to his usual baseline. Whatever happened to the guy who wrote the first dozen or so Spenser novels? Oh, and he really needs to drop th [...]

    6. My son and I listened to this in the car on our way to the grandkids. Parker's sparse prose is perfect for a car trip. The characters are basically Spenser and Hawk in western times. Nice to listen to but I prefer Spenser.

    7. I'm enjoying this series. Here we build on the way the last book ended (also of course building on the events in the last book).Everett having ridden out of Appaloosa after taking a certain precipitous action on behalf of his friend Virgil opens the book by taking a job in a saloon as a "lookout" (read bouncerexcept bouncers here can end up having to shoot a troublemaker). From there things begin to spin. Of course Virgil does show upolence ensues as do moral quandaries.(Yes in case you think I [...]

    8. Dissapointing! I loved the first book in this series, Appaloosa. This book, number 2 in the series, was not as good. The plot was a bit boring, and the dialogue wasn't as interesting. It almost seemed like a first draft of the book. I abandoned it at the half-way mark, so maybe the second half was better. I wasn't interested enough to stick around and find out.

    9. Audiobook: Excellent western following Appaloosa in the Hitch/Cole series. I especially love the cadence of Parker’s writing that is very similar to his Jesse Stone series, one of my Stone’s favorites. Hitch, who resembles Stone in many ways, has arrived at the town of Resolution where he takes the job of ‘lookout’ in a saloon/whorehouse. He establishes his credentials very soon by killing the local gunfighter and then, to his employer’s consternation begins defending the local whores [...]

    10. I dont read a lot of westerns but I may start. I enjoyed the descriptions of Virgil, his uncanniness, his intensity and strangely enough, his code of justice and noblesse oblige. Several aspects of the book stand out: the portrayal of gunmen not as psychotic serial killers but as men laboring in a trade. As per their job, they acquire a set of skills and abilities, but also unseen scars and handicaps. I found this aspect fascinating because Parker eschews both the standard macho man mystique and [...]

    11. I'm enjoying this series. Here we build on the way the last book ended (also of course building on the events in the last book).Everett having ridden out of Appaloosa after taking a certain precipitous action on behalf of his friend Virgil opens the book by taking a job in a saloon as a "lookout" (read bouncerexcept bouncers here can end up having to shoot a troublemaker). From there things begin to spin. Of course Virgil does show upolence ensues as do moral quandaries.(Yes in case you think I [...]

    12. Unlike most middle books in a trilogy, which are usually the weakest of the whole, this book -- the middle book in the Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch trilogy -- is the strongest of Parker's western trilogy, all three of which are so enjoyable that I read each in a single sitting.I didn't actually know that Robert B. Parker had written a sequel to Appaloosa until my father told me he read this book, and mentioned how much he liked Virgil Cole's character, which made me realize it must be related to Ap [...]

    13. This isn't a book I read; it is a book I 'listened." I'm doing more of that as I spend more time driving across Snoqualmie Pass to Yakima from the west side. I enjoy Robert B. Parker's Spenser series, and this is the first Western I have read by him, and he won't replace Louis L'Amour, because even his good women use bad language, but I thoroughly enjoyed the listen. I'll see now if I can get the first one, Apaloosa, now that I know there was a first one.

    14. Took me a while to get through but not because of the book but because of summer class finals, headed off to vacation for a week, then started fall classes so I haven't been able to get through this one quickly.Anyways.It was a pretty good book. I have never read a western novel until my dad shared this one with me so I decided to give it a go. This book is apparently the sequel to another book, Appaloosa, which I haven't read so I didn't know any of the character's backstories or context of the [...]

    15. This is the tale of two gun-men. But they aren't like your average gun-men, they have high morals and integrity. Hitch went to West Point and is quite well read. Virgil was a lawman at one time.Hitch takes a job in the new town of Resolution working for Amos Wolfson as a lookout at the Blackfoot Saloon. Wolfson owns the store, the hotel, pretty much most of the town. Eamon O'Malley owns the coppermine and a saloon across the street. Stark owns the lumber mill. Wolfson wants it all. The local ran [...]

    16. If only had negative stars. One star just seems so generous for this piece of garbage. I started listening to this book looking for an easy fun novel after plodding through the biography, Washington - A Life. I really enjoy a Louis L'Amour from time to time, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Huge mistake. I didn't make it very far. This book is bad. The characters are so stereotypical it is comical. The conversation is just painful. Parker fills pages with "yep", "guess so", "I suppose", etc. et [...]

    17. The sequel to Appaloosa finds Everett Hitch working in a saloon for a man named Wolfson, who is called in various places a SOB, so he is well named. After Hitch cleans up the town, Wolfson a petty dictator found in many a Western novel, finds himself in a war for control with both a mine owner and some homestteaders. On the arrival of Virgil Cole, the action heats up a little.In hard cover the book has barely enough words on a page to spend more than a day reading it. The laconic dialogue and ta [...]

    18. I liked this better than his Spencer books! Too bad there's only 3 in this series. Being an Arizona native I tried for years to get into Western novels. I tried Louis L'Amour, didn't care for it. Figured Zane Grey had that Arizona connection, didn't do it for me. I even tried Tony Hillerman for something more contemporary, just didn't seem to click for me. But Resolution was a blast. Shallow? Predictable? Male, macho, misogynist? Maybe, sorta, sometimes, but you know what? I loved it. Tight, dir [...]

    19. Well, you know what you're getting when you read a Robert B. Parker story: honorable manly men, dickface villains, quickity-quick dialogue and unmarried but oddly committed boy-girl relationships. Resolution wasn't exactly RBP's last nove but it certainly feels like he knew the reaper was coming, because it's concentrated Robert B almost to the point of caricature. It's like he had to get it all out of his system before he went to see the great approver of complicated monogamy in the sky.I like [...]

    20. A friend handed this book off to me a few weeks ago, knowing that I am a big book lover. I'd never read a Western before but considered it a challenge and gave it a shot. I'm really glad that I did. "Resolution" is a story that examines morality through the eyes of a lawless Western town. Parker is sparing in his words but there was something about the simplicity of the writing style that lended itself to the story. I especially liked the two main characters, Everett and Virgil, who act as the m [...]

    21. One the best durn books I have ever read. Virgil and Everett are just two of the greatest characters ever. Just sorry there are only two more of their adventures to read. Sometime in the future I will likely re-read them. Yep, it is so!

    22. Okay, it's Spenser and Hawk with Stetsons and Colts but this was a terrific read with some surprises that almost redefine the Western. A great book, and it's off to read BRIMSTONE tonight .

    23. I liked the first in the series, Appaloosa, better than this book. Whereas the dialogue in the first was short and sparse but with a lot of hidden meaning, this book had the same type of dialogue but with a lot less meaning - just small talk. This series continues to remind me of the old TV westerns I watched as a kid. It's a traditional one with bigger-than-life heroes, greedy businessmen, sodbusters, Indians, and hired gunmen.Everett Hitch is traveling alone due to an incident at the end of th [...]

    24. The title of this book is both the name of a town and resolution of several things that were left unfinished in Appaloosa, the first book in this western series. When Appaloosa was done we needed resolution of things left unfinished. Most notable was the fate of the long time friendship of Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. There was also the matter of Cole's rather ill-fated love. I guess I was imagining things from being inside Hitch's head in Appaloosa, because I thought we had a serious problem. [...]

    25. Excellent narration, for an excellent story.One of the best western series I've had the pleasure to read. I read the first five, in paperback many years ago, but decided to read them again in audio. I'm so glad I did, I finished book 1- Appaloosa, went straight onto book two, and now on my way to download the third in the series.

    26. Resolution continues the story of Wild West gunmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch that began with Appaloosa, which I gave 5 stars. Resolution is a quick, fine read. I liked it. But compared with Appaloosa, the characters that inhabit Resolution lack depth, and the story is both simpler and less compelling. It's a quick, fine read. Three stars.

    27. A bit dissapointedI so enjoyed Appaloosa that I couldn’t wait to here more from Cole and Hitch. But I have to say I was disappointed in this book. Mr. Parker didn’t seem to have much enthusiasm in this writing. But what do I know? I’m just a book nut who loves to read

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