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Brimstone by Robert B. Parker
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Nov 27, 2009

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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 wife and 15 year old daughter and sexually abuses them, and intends to sell them. Virgil & Everett save them... The 15 year old won't talk ... and is almost catatonic... Allie turns the two women over to the pastor for futher care, and mom becomes a drunk & commits suicide, and the pastor takes advantage of the 15 year old. Virgil takes the girl 'under his wing'... and she becomes as a daughter to him. She will whisper to him, but not talk to others. Allie begins to care for her, and finally shows successful attempts to change. The story ends with the saloon owner killing the pastor, and Virgil killing the saloon owner (after getting $1,000 from him). Allie shows courage and discernment by not going to hiding, but staying with Virgil & Everett and actually ends up saving his life. The story ends with Virgil, Everett, Allie and the girl leaving for Appaloosa with high hopes of completing the circle and making a new, good start. Can Allie do it?

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