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Blue-Eyed Devil de Robert B. Parker

Blue-Eyed Devil (edição: 2010)

de Robert B. Parker

Séries: Cole and Hitch (4)

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When Appaloosa police chief Amos Callico begins shaking down local merchants for protection money, those who don't want to play along seek the help of Cole and Hitch.
Título:Blue-Eyed Devil
Autores:Robert B. Parker
Informação:Putnam Adult (2010), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 288 pages
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Blue-Eyed Devil de Robert B. Parker


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And after a few years of traveling (mainly chasing Allie), Cole and Hitch are back in Appaloosa when we first met them. While they were away, the town ha grown and now it has a police department (with a lot of employees) and the police chief Amos Callico seems to be keeping the peace well enough. At least on the surface that is.

Before long the truth emerges - Callico and his police department are indeed very good - as long as you pay them to protect you. The business owners who do not want to be pay are on their own - so they decide to hire Cole and Hitch instead - which the police chief really dislikes.

Then Pony Flores, the half-Mexican, half-Indian who helped to save Laurel and her mother back in Brimstone shows up with his half-brother who is in a bit of a trouble - a "killing a few people and robbing a train" kind of trouble. Staying in town is not possible but Cato and Rose are still in Resolution so Pony and his brother hide there for awhile. Until someone talks too much (and if you had been reading the series, you know that the someone is Allie).

Appaloosa burns - Callico is so sure that he knows better that he decides not to listen to Cole and lets Indians attack the town. But that fact does not stop the police chief for taking credit for the saved lives and things get complicated. Add a young man who dies because he is too drunk to realize that pulling a gun on Virgil Cole is a bad idea and a grieving father who hires a gunman to revenge the death and there are way too many people with guns and different agendas. Except that agendas shift.

The novel feels like a series wrap up - we see again pretty much everyone from the previous books, the story of Laurel finds a sort of a resolution and at the end Cole and Hitch are exactly where they started at the beginning of the first book (except for Allie - she is here to stay despite all of her shortcomings; as usual for Parker, once one of his leads falls in love, they get obsessed).

And somewhere in the middle of all the action and returning heroes, there is an underlying conversation about what law is in the territories and if justice and law are the same. Parker's books are often called simplistic and they can be viewed that way but there is usually some depth in them, even in these late books.

It is written in the usual Parker style - a lot of dialog, short sentences and quick action. And it made me wonder again what this series could have become if he had started it when he was at his best. But still - the 4 novels in this series are worth a read - not sure how well it will work for western fans but if you are coming from the other Parker's series, you may be pleasantly surprised.

The series is continued by Robert Knott. I am rarely enthusiastic for this kind of continuations but some of the other writers who continued the other Parker series had been pretty good at that so I plan to check at least the first books. ( )
  AnnieMod | Jul 29, 2021 |
Generally speaking, I enjoy the Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch novels. The writing style is easy going. The books are short and are a breeze to read. More often than not, the plots are compelling as well. Those elements are all present in Blue-Eyed Devil. Cole and Hitch are back in Appaloosa but this time they find themselves on the opposite side of the law since the new chief of police is an amoral, power hungry man named Amos Calico. Although, they don’t specifically try to oppose him, it becomes clear as the novel progresses that they will ultimately wind up on opposite sides of the gun barrel.

Although I generally liked this novel, there were some shortcomings. Allie continues to be a very unlikeable character. The bigger issue is that Cole and Hitch are almost like superheroes. They don’t have any actual super powers but they are so highly skilled with guns, that they achieve their goals with any real difficulty. In this case, the deck was stacked against them numbers wise, and they came up with a good plan, but they still prevailed without breaking much of a sweat. That’s the real downfall of these novels. I know how it’s going to end, and it’s never too difficult for them when it gets down to a gunfight, and it always ultimately does. If you like the series, you’ll like this novel, but there is a little something that’s lacking.

Carl Alves – author of The Invocation ( )
  Carl_Alves | Mar 16, 2020 |
Another entertaining installment in the Cole and Hitch series. The characters and dialogue raise this author's additions to the genre high above the average western. Recommended, but read them in order. ( )
  fuzzi | Dec 15, 2018 |
The last entry in Parker's Cole & Hitch series.*

How I will miss new releases from this master story-teller! Not the least of his gifts is that he has never left his readers hanging. Surely he did not plan for Virgil and Everett's story to end here, but it's OK that it does. There are no questions unanswered, nothing to wonder about forever more. Once again our two men of honor have upheld their own peculiar code, saving a town, a comrade and themselves in the process.

*Review written in 2010. As we know now, other authors picked up Parker's characters, including Cole and Hitch. In my opinion, what follows in this series does not do the originals justice. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Jan 23, 2018 |
A by-the-numbers Western story that is heightened by gold-dust residue left over from previous books in this series. The Cole & Hitch stories have, by this fourth and final book, descended into routine Western troping and minimalist storytelling now so pared back that you still feel hungry after finishing it.

What I admired so much about the first two Cole & Hitch books (and, to a lesser extent, the third one) was that Parker said a lot in between the lines. The plots were streamlined and the dialogue punchy, but somewhat nebulous themes (law and order, friendship, forgiveness, redemption) manifested themselves in all that white space which was left. I love Parker's style and characters and content but, as much as I like Blue-Eyed Devil, I'm not going to claim it's better than it is.

It lacks the punch of previous instalments: yet again, it's Cole and Hitch going up, steely-eyed, against a tinpot bully (landowner, corrupt sheriff, and so on), enlisting help from past acquaintances (and they all show up here, Pony, Rose, Cato…) and wiping everything clean in a big final gunfight. It's very readable, whether Cole and Hitch are shooting black-hats or shooting the shit with each other. But it's nothing that hasn't been done in previous books, and done better.

The introspection and philosophising of the earlier books is now almost completely gone. This would be more palatable if something different was being done with the book, if Parker was trying to take it in a different direction. But he's not trying anything new, just re-using the same formula. Again, that would be fine if not for the fact that there are evidently diminishing returns. It seems Parker started off with a streamlined concept in the first book, Appaloosa, and has been paring it back ever since, receding to such an extent that by the fourth book he's had to start taking out themes and depth in order to keep whittling it down. There's now little meat left on the bone.

It's a great little read, but nothing more than that. I feel rather guilty at criticizing it, but that's largely because the earlier books in the series managed to be great little reads and yet something more. It's a shame Parker died before he could write more in this fine series, for then I would no doubt be talking about a minor blip in a run of great ongoing Cole & Hitch stories, rather than an underwhelming coda to the series. So I remember how great the previous books could be, and try to accept Blue-Eyed Devil as just a quick, clean draw. "And we do kind of like putting together a little firefight like this," as Hitch says on page 258. We do kind of like it. That's enough, I s'pose. ( )
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