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Resolution (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,849 Ratings  ·  292 Reviews
Features the main characters first introduced in Appaloosa- now a major motion picture from New Line Cinema.

A greedy mine owner threatens the coalition of local ranchers in the town of Resolution, pitching two honorable gunfighters, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, into a make-shift war that'll challenge their friendship -and the violently shifting laws of the West.
Paperback, 342 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2008)
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Jeff
Apr 22, 2015 Jeff rated it it was ok
Shelves: go-west
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 thought: Hawk
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Kemper
Nov 28, 2008 Kemper rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
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 ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 06, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, action
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 bouncer...except bouncers here can end up having to shoot a troublemaker).

From there things begin to spin. Of course Virgil does show up...violence ensues as do moral quandaries.

(Yes in case you
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Eric_W
Jul 09, 2015 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
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 from brute ...more
Carmen
Nov 05, 2012 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 11, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, action
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 bouncer...except bouncers here can end up having to shoot a troublemaker).

From there things begin to spin. Of course Virgil does show up...violence ensues as do moral quandaries.

(Yes in case you
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Eric
Apr 03, 2010 Eric rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of westerns and/or Robert Parker
Recommended to Eric by: Carmine Buscemi
Shelves: western
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
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Mary
Mar 15, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jake
Jun 07, 2015 Jake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 lik
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Rick Slane
Quick read good dialogue
Peggy
Oct 08, 2013 Peggy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audio
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
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Mark
Feb 09, 2011 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If only Goodreads 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" ...more
Jeffrey
Jun 19, 2008 Jeffrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parker fans, western fans
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
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Ted Mallory
Jul 15, 2011 Ted Mallory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Stacey
May 18, 2009 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dale
Jun 26, 2015 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Review of the Audiobook

Published by Random House Audio in 2008
Read by Titus Welliver
Duration: 4 hours, 40 minutes
Unabridged


At the end of Appaloosa , the first book in this series, Hitch and Cole have parted ways. Hitch ends up in the town of Resolution, a mining/lumbering town with some small unsuccessful ranches/farms scattered around.

Hitch is hired by the owner of a local hotel/saloon to keep the peace inside the saloon. Soon enough, Cole shows up. He is on the outs with his girlfriend agai
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Andrew Buchanan
Mar 11, 2016 Andrew Buchanan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another amazing book. Robert B. Parker is an amazing author. After Everett Hitch gets into trouble at Appaloosa it is time for him to move on away. This time without Virgil Cole. When he comes to Resolution, a small developing town, he meets the man that owns over half the town and wants more, Mr. Wolfson. He hires him to keep peace in his bar and make sure nothing bad goes down. Everyone in town takes a very good likin to him. The only other big time money maker there is O'Malley, the l ...more
Howard Weinstein
Jul 06, 2014 Howard Weinstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in Robert B. Parker's series of Cole & Hitch westerns (after "Appaloosa"). An enjoyably low-key tale of two gunslingers who don't look for trouble but deal with it efficiently when it finds them.

Best things about the book: the friendship between laconic partners Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole, and their warily respectful relationship with another pair of hired guns after they all end up working as enforcers for two rival creeps vying for control of the miserable little town of Resoluti
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Donna
Dec 30, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the followup to Appaloosa, Everett Hitch winds up looking for a job in a saloon in a town called Resolution. He and his shotgun are going to provide the muscle for the saloon owner. Pretty soon, the saloon girls come to Everett for protection since he doesn't allow for wrongdoing by any man. It doesn't take long before Everett is forced to kill a man who is too big for his britches. Also soon enough Virgil Cole comes to see his friend Everett. Virgil and Everett must take on a mine owner and ...more
William Bentrim
Feb 13, 2015 William Bentrim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resolution by Robert b. Parker

This is the same Robert parker who wrote the Spenser detective series. this is a western not a detective story.

There is a distinct similarity between Everett Hicks and Spenser as to personality and repartee. Hicks relationship with Virgil Cole bears a striking similarity to the relationship Spenser shared with Hawk. Despite the similarities I still really enjoyed the story. it is a stereotypical western theme of greed and corruption. A town needs cleaned up and Hi
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Taylor Koch
Mar 10, 2016 Taylor Koch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like western books this book is for you. I really like the Robert B. Parker books with the characters Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. The book in exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time you are reading it. Everett comes into town and gets hired by a man named Amos Wolfson. One day when Everett was looking over the saloon Mr. O'Malleys gunman Koy Wickman came in and started trouble and everett killed him. Later O'Malley hired two men by the name of Rose and Cato. Ever ...more
Rick Hautala
Dec 10, 2011 Rick Hautala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ....
Tim Healy
Sep 10, 2014 Tim Healy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books aren't high art, but boy was this fun to read! One of the things that makes Parker enjoyable when he's firing on all cylinders are the relationships between his lead characters. I completely believe in Cole and Hitch's friendship. I loved the addition of the darker take on the pair in Cato and Rose. Most of all, I loved that this was a consistent plot that was never over-complicated. While it's definitely in the same class of stories as Red Harvest and even Parker's own Potshot, ther ...more
Rhod
Jun 06, 2015 Rhod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish Parker was still around - I do like his writing - especially his wit. In this tale, he brings back Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole. With guns blazing, the two take on lots of bad guys (shooting most they encounter), rescue women from harm, battle rogue Indians, and help the farmers fight to hold on to their land. Okay, it's a potpourri of western action, but the best part is the dialog between Everett and Cole. I have one more Robert B. Parker western to read, then I will just have to move on ...more
Kelley
Oct 16, 2008 Kelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to Appaloosa. Good. Still love the characters.
Ross Cumming
Aug 19, 2015 Ross Cumming rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd in the Cole and Hitch series and read this directly after reading the 3rd in the series Brimstone, which I read out of sequence but it made very little difference to the storyline.
The novels are narrated by Everett Hitch and at the start of this novel we find him on his own in the new town of Resolution where he takes a job as lookout in the local saloon, for the owner Wolfson, who has greater ambitions for the town. Hitch is soon joined by his old friend Virgil Cole and they soo
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Jeremy
Sep 27, 2008 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another western by Robert Parker, and this one is almost as fun to read as Appaloosa was. It has the same two great main characters. Virgil who doesn’t say much and is trying to figure out what is honorable and/or legal, and Everett who is loyal to Virgil no matter what happens.

Everett comes to Resolution after the events in the last book. He’s quickly recruited to help keep the peace by a man who seems to own everything and everyone in town. This pays the bills, and gives him something to do, b
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David
Jun 27, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters in Resolution would be familiar to those who either read the novel Apaloosa or saw the movie. Hitch and Cole are two gunmen who have worked as lawmen. Hitch has wandered on (following the events of Apaloosa, which I will not recount here) and settles in the small town of Resolution. He takes a job as a gunman for the saloon owner and quickly becomes the hero of the town. Soon, however, he sees that a conflict is brewing between the saloon owner, a number of ranchers, a mine owner, ...more
Philip
I enjoy these books almost the same way I enjoy the "Chet and Bernie" mysteries -- not so much for the stories themselves, as for the pleasure of just spending more time listening into the two lead characters, in this case Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. They have a nice "Butch & Sundance" kind of relationship, which in this book was enhanced by their rather complex (and therefore interesting) relationship with fellow gunfighters/competitors Cato and Rose, (who almost merit their own story).

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Mark Soone
May 19, 2012 Mark Soone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't go 5 stars for this one, like I did its predecessor. I don't mean in anyway that it was bad, and as far as westerns go I found it more enjoyable than most. I imagine that due to my impresion of seeing little charcter development (although the characters are likeable enough) from the first book to this one, that it would do well as a stand alone read and if you have not read the first you probably won't be lost except by the few refrences to Appaloosa (If I spelled it right?).

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Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the late 1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced.
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