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Resolution (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch #2)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  2,655 ratings  ·  270 reviews
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 for
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published 2008)
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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
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)
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
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
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
Mike (the Paladin)
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
Apr 03, 2010 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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
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
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
Jun 19, 2008 Jeffrey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Ted Mallory
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
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
A Review of the Audiobook

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

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
Howard Weinstein
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
William Bentrim
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
Rick Hautala
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
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
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
The sequel to Appaloosa. Good. Still love the characters.
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
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
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).

Mark Soone
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?).

Khen Untalan
I read this book (Resolution) in under 10 hours, with lots of breaks and rest included ( I mean a lot) and lots of omitted boring lines. This book was goooooodddddddd. Because the main character Hitch Everett was bad ass. He worked as a resolution which was like the bouncer in a club. But this dude was crazy good, he learned from Virgil Cole a famous gun man ( I'm not sure if he's considered a legend though because it never said anything like that, but I'm sure he was a good marksman). He belie ...more
Oct 25, 2009 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime Fiction and Western Fans
This sequel to Appaloosa is every bit as well done as its predecessor.

Everett Hitch, the narrator, has left Appaloosa without his partner Virgil Cole. He rides into the town of Resolution and is hired by a saloon owner, Mr. Wolfson, to keep peace in the saloon.

Resolution has no sheriff or other government. Four groups are struglling with one another, Wolfson, the townie, Eamon O'Malley, a mine owner, Fritz Stark who owns and manages a lumbering operation and sawmill and a group of homesteaders,
After a 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, the kind of town that doesn't have much in the way of commerce - 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 ...more
First Sentence: I was in the Blackfoot Saloon in a town called Resolution, talking with the man who owned the saloon about a job.

The town of Resolution is just taking root and has many things, but no law. Everett Hitch is hired by Amos Wolfson to keep the peace in his saloon. Hitch is soon joined by his friend Everett Cole, a renown fast gun.

It isn’t long before the trouble starts. Eamon O’Malley decides to compete with Wolfson and brings in guns of his own. Everyone tries to hire Everett and C
Resolution is the sequel to Parker's Appaloosa (the latter was recently made into a film featuring Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, and Renee Zellweger). I can't dispute the people who say that Parker is repeating himself and his themes - how many times have we read a conversation between Parker characters wherein tough guys who live by their own "simple" code of honor discuss said code, or try to explain it to someone on the outside of their world? More times than I can count. Essentially, all he's ...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.
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Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch (7 books)
  • Appaloosa (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch, #1)
  • Brimstone (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch, #3)
  • Blue-Eyed Devil (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch, #4)
  • Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse (Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, #5)
  • Robert B. Parker's Bull River (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch, #6)
  • Robert B. Parker's The Bridge (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch, #7)
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