Robert Parker wrote quick read books. The stories are fast paced and he builds the action along a morality theme. Virgil Cole is noble. His buddy Everett is more educated and yet Virgil is the heroic center, whom Everett interviews periodically to get Virgil's perspective on right and might. He is the Boswell to Virgil's Johnson. The first Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch title, Apaloosa, became a movie. Virgil loves a woman, Allie, with no moral center. Her inability to do the right thing often drives a portion of the story. To my sorrow there is only one more to read, I believe, because of Parker's death. I will miss Virgil and Everett as much as I will miss Spenser, and Stone.