Brimstone (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch, #3)
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Brimstone (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch #3)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,957 ratings  ·  215 reviews
When we last saw Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole, 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 during their days in Appaloosa.

Making their way across New Mexico and Texas, the pair finally locate Allie in a small-town brothe...more
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Published June 2nd 2009 by Random House Audio (first published May 5th 2009)
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While reading this book, I heard the sad news that Robert Parker had died, ironically while sitting at his desk writing. Over 40 years he had written about 75 mysteries, most of which I have read. A touching tribute to him was in today's Boston Globe by a close fiend, Gary Goshgarian. He said, " He was probably the smartest person I've known and the quickest wit. His observations, never labored, were always incisive and sensible.His writing was brilliant and lean..." Later his friend stated, "He...more
John Connolly
While Brimstone is one of Parker's westerns, it still reads very much like one of his Spenser PI novels, which were, in their way, westerns set in present-day Boston. Parker’s work is proof positive that we read for character, not plot. Brimstone’s plot isn’t up to much, and the same could be said for any number of the Spenser novels, but it was a pleasure to spend time in the company of the characters, and his books have passed many a happy flight for me, and kept me entertained over solo dinne...more
There are those who claim that Parker had been writing Western novels for years- disguised as private eye novels. I cannot help but sort of agree.

First, I have to give Parker kudos for writing gritty westerns. The characters are mean and Parker portrays shootouts for the most part as they really were... nasty, violent, kill-em-all and show-no-mercy events. No warnings, not a lot of words.. just pull your gun and put the other guy down.

Second, the lead characters, Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole,...more
I'm a bit ambivalent about this one. I enjoyed it, and liked the characters a lot. I was impressed with how much information Parker conveyed in the dialogue. The action was decent.

On the other hand, it had very little of one thing I really enjoy in westerns. There was virtually no visual description at all. Definitely minimalist description. We didn't "see" the landscapes or really even the town where most of the action took place. We got only the briefest of descriptions of the characters.

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Robert Parker's books are short sharp blasts of dialogue-driven plot. The read is always too quick; the reader wants more. Fortunately, Parker turns out at least two books a year. This volume is from his ongoing "Appaloosa" Western series, which finds Virgil and Everett in yet another small town, facing another set of unlawful characters and some outstanding longstanding moral and ethical issues they are never really able to resolve with any satisfaction. I will admit that Parker's Spenser novel...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, we found Allie.

I picked these up at book one and found I really like them. I wasn't a real fan of Mr. Parker before but his westerns have drawn me in.

Here we "saddle up" again and ride on with Virgil and Everett (Everett really gets my respect as he's always overshadowed by Virgil...kind of like Ron with Harry). We last saw them in Resolution and as the book ended Virgil was still set on tracking down Allie...even though she left him for another man...again and has pretty much shown she ca...more
3.5 stars if I could. This is the third in a western themed series featuring Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, who would be the Spenser/Hawk counterparts in the PI based series Parker is most famous for. This has the same terse short banter between Virgil and Everett and is a decent story as well.
Sandy Wood
Book 3 of the Virgil Cole/ Everett Hitch series. Two old style western gunmen who sometimes work as sheriffs and sometime they don't but always solve their issues with their own code of law. (Usually involves shooting the bad guys and generally saving a damsel in distress.) Although the damsels aren't always Sweet Polly Purebread (allusion to the damsel in distress from my favorite childhood cartoon, Underdog.)

Robert Parker tells a gritty real life tale with plenty of gun fights, drinking and s...more
Mandy Gordon
Brimstone is written by the same author as my last book "Appaloosa" and is just as good. The same two men are featured riding and revenging anyone in their path. They are in need of some peace and try to find it in Brimstone living with Cole's lover Allie French. They realize that this town like all others has its bad features. In this case it is the Reverend that is not as good as they come. The two come to find that everywhere they look they find nothing but hardship and lots of women who are...more
Thomas Holbrook
There are writers whose prose will hold the reader’s attention as if the words being read are more a conversation being had than a story being told. Not since reading Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men has a book held me in such a grip as did Brimstone. Mr. Parker pens a western in the “old” tradition – the horses are real, the guns plentiful, the good guys are wearing white hats and the bad guys are known by the hired guns surrounding them. What an adventure.
This book picks up a year af...more
Another enjoyable "chapter" in the story of Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, (since all these books are fairly short, all four stories in the series add up to one medium-sized Larry McMurtry Western). Virgil and Everett remain entertaining company, although I was not thrilled with the return of Virgil's love interest Allie French, who is even flakier in this story than in the original "Appaloosa." I also found the figure of Brother Percival to be pretty much a stereotypical Old West corrupt preach...more
Mark Soone
I am still totally caught off guard that I can in fact in fact enjoy not only a western, but a series of westerns. I read these first 3 books in 3 days...and dummy me should have signed out the 4th and final installment when I went to the library yesterday...but I will get it tommorow morning I promise!!!!

Hitch & Cole (or Cole & Hitch) remain a very cool tandem of lead charcters. I enjoy their somewhat stilted and choppy dialouge reminiscent of 2 men who are comfortable with themselves a...more
Jun 09, 2011 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parker and Western fans
Third in this four book series featuring Virgil Cole and his companion, Everett Hitch. Narrated by Everett but full of Parker's terse dialogue, this was a most enjoyable read. I finished it in less than 24 hours. As I so often do with Parker's books, I read this too fast. Somehow, I want to drag out the pleasure of his stories since there are so few left to read and he will be writing no more of them.

This story begins with Virgil and Everett still searching for Allie French, Virgil's first and...more
virgil and everett catch up with allie... save her from a whore house. virgil acknowledges that he loves her, but questions whether she can change. She hooks up (literally) with the Brimstone pastor (with a god complex) who is working in cahoots with one saloon owner to get rid of all the town's saloons. The saloon owner is ex military, and envisions a town where he is in charge. The story also includes an indian who is making trouble... mainly for the saloon owner... he kills a man, kidnaps his...more
Justin Sylvia
Granted, i've never heard of Robert Parker before picking this book up, i had however seen a movie called Appalosa which i believe is based off of his previous book, who's name unfortunately escapes me at athe moment. My reason for only giving this book 3 stars instead of my usual 3.5 or 4 stars out of 5 is for the simple reason of i wasn't too enthralled with the "cadence" if u will of how the book went. I personally am used to smooth flowing books that don't seem to pause at different times. T...more
Two Texas lawmen who are reminiscent of Woodrow Call and Gus McCall of "Lonesome Dove," find a young woman that one of the men, Virgil Cole, was fond of. She had sunk to working as a whore in a second rate bar in lower Texas.

The men rescue the girl and learn of an employment opportunity in Brimstone. The have been told that it's a growing town with the railroad and cattle industry and the sheriff might need help.

Virgil and his friend Everett Hatch are given jobs as deputies due to their past exp...more
David Ward
Brimstone (Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch #3) by Robert B. Parker (G.P. Putnam's Sons 2009)(Fiction - Western). Virgil Cole and his sidekick Everett Case are back dispensing justice in the Old West in their own inimical fashion. It's been a year since Allie French, the woman who stole Virgil's heart, ran off with another man, and Virgil is determined to find her. With his partner Everett Case, the pair ride across Texas and New Mexico. They find Allie abandoned in a border town working in a broth...more
Jay Connor
Here's an Old West that Louis L'Amour or Larry McMurtry would recognize: the classic prodigal gunmen, living by their own code traveling from dusty, unpainted clabbered towns dotting the southwest, who dispense justice as they see fit.

In his parchment brittle writing style, Robert B. Parker leaves characterization to inference and plot to hearsay. Few authors do such a complete job of charging their readers to fill in the blanks. In a world where good is an abstraction, righteousness and greed...more
Carrie Allison
Lot of killing in the Wild West before policemen were everywhere and laws in place that put people in jail for murder. The characters were interesting: Virgil cole, and his best friend, Everett Hitch. The story is told from Everett's point of view. Allie, the girl Virgil loves is also quite an interesting character.
Robert B. Parker makes the story as well as the place and time seem so real. It's fun to walk around the small town in that time and place. A little bit scary too. The setting is in...more
Harry Lane
Cole and Hitch are a couple of laconic lawmen whose guns speak more than they do. Cole's fraught relationship with Allie continues as a thread. The plot features some of the usual tension between good and evil, though in this instance, it's more a case of bad against bad. While the good guys win out in the end, they get a little help from an unexpected quarter.
Leigh Terry
Cole and Hitch find the duplicitous Allie French in a bordertown whorehouse. Much to my surprise, they don't leave here there to rot. Again, they find themselves caught between warring factions. No surprises, but plenty of solid action for Western fans and Parker fans.

I love Everett Hitch.
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Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are two great characters created by Robert B. Parker. Virgil and Everett are lawmen in the old West who uphold the law ... except when they don't. Virgil is in love with a very flawed woman ... a woman who cheats on him with others, who ran away from him and ended up in a pathetic brothel on the US/Mexico border ... and a woman who can't cook, clean, iron or sing for a damn! This is a simple story that showcases the skills and character of Virgil as he becomes deput...more
This is the end of the series about Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. They've found Allie and take her to the town of Brimstone where Virgil and Everett are working as deputy marshals for the county sheriff. They face the normal law-keeping duties of the day and realize that a showdown is inevitable between them and the main saloonkeeper in town, Pike, but they won't be the ones to bring it on. In the end, the three of them, along with a teenage girl who's been through too much trauma, head back to...more
Spencer, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, Cole and Hitch. Robert Parker created them all through the use of his expert dialogue. Enjoyed spending time with these satisfyingly complex characters. But did people really use the F word so much back then?
Think Spenser and Hawk (or Jesse Stone and Suitcase Simpson) on horseback. Same terse prose, same short chapters, same snappy verbal exchanges that are hallmarks of any Parker book. Only instead of Spenser or Jesse telling the story, it’s Hawk or Suitcase. That’s not a bad thing. That Parker can tell a story from a secondary character’s point of view with the same skill as a main character’s is a sign of his talent.

However, this series is more violent and has a much higher body count than either...more
As far as I can tell from the "Also by" page, Parker published 61 novels before his death, two more this year after he died, and there are two more coming. So of his 65 novels, I've read 56. I read them compulsively; he appears to have written them compulsively, too. The same questions of masculinity, competence, fidelity, and compassion come up in his books, over and over and over again, whether he wrote a detective novel, police procedural, crime thriller, or western. Lots of the same tricks,...more
Lindsay Eaton
This is the third and final book in Robert B. Parker’s ‘Everett and Cole’ series. I know this because I’ve discovered to my horror that Robert B. Parker died earlier this year. I was devastated. I’d always liked his Spenser and other crime series novels, but when I read ‘Appaloosa’, the first Everett and Cole book, I thought that this series, about two guns for hire in the Old West, was what he was born to write. I just loved all three of these books (the other is ‘Resolution’) – this one probab...more
Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch track Allie French down in Texas working in a lowest class as possible bordello. Cole rescues her, killing some men in the process. Cole isn't sure why he does even after examining the aspects of love, but he loves her.

Fleeing to another town, Cole and Hitch become deputies there and watch a power struggle eventually develop between a former outlaw now a saloon owner and a preacher. A renegade Indian has been killing people near the town and Cole and Hitch set out t...more
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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....more
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