Itinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch return to confront an escaped criminal in the grittiest entry yet in Robert B. Parker’s New York Times bestselling series.
Territorial marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch figured things had finally settled down in Appaloosa when Boston Bill Black’s murder charge was dropped. But all that changed when Augustus Noble Driggs was transferred to a stateside penitentiary just across the border from Mexico. Square-jawed, handsome, and built like a muscled thoroughbred stallion, Driggs manages to intimidate everyone inside the prison walls, including the upstart young warden.
In a haunting twist of fate, Driggs and a pack of cold-blooded convicts are suddenly on the loose—and it’s up to any and all territorial lawmen, including Cole and Hitch, to capture the fugitives and rescue the woman kidnapped during their escape. But nothing is ever quite what it seems with the ever-elusive Driggs. Finally free, he’s quickly on his own furious hunt for a hidden cache of gold and jewels—and for the men who betrayed him and left him for dead.
With an unlikely and unconventional Yankee detective by their side, Cole and Hitch set off on a massive manhunt. As horses' hooves thunder and guns echo deadening reports, Driggs discovers one of the lawmen on his trail is none other than a fellow West Point graduate he'd just as soon see dead. Ruthless and willing to leave a bloody path of destruction in his wake, Driggs seeks vengeance at any cost.
About the Author
Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Police Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole–Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010. Robert Knott is an actor, writer, and producer, as well as the author of Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack, Robert B. Parker’s The Bridge, Robert B. Parker’s Bull River, and Robert B. Parker’s Ironhorse. His extensive list of stage, television, and film credits include the feature film Appaloosa, based on the Robert B. Parker novel, which he adapted and produced with actor and producer Ed Harris.
“Knott nails the terse, wise-guy dialogue....Just damngood reading and painfully suspenseful.”—Booklist
“Robert Knott knows how to create atmospheric scenes…the key ingredient in a great western thriller.”—Mystery Tribune “A classic plot and plenty of 8-gauge shotgun showdowns best enjoyed by those who've followed Cole and Hitch's previous adventures.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Rapid-fire dialogue and quick-paced action.” –Historical Novels Review
Praise for Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack
“Knott...adds a new wrinkle here with a damn fine mystery running parallel to the western story....Fine reading for western fans.”—Booklist
“This is the most satisfying of Knott’s Cole-Hitch tales, with a shocking double-twist ending.”—The Sacramento Bee
“Westerns need atmosphere as much as story, and Knott has a knack for six-gun verisimilitude, sketching the land and summer heat, the horses and the shopkeepers. Knott’s especially good with the prototypical Old West marshal, Virgil Cole, ‘perfectly present in the here and now,’ every inch stoic lawman....His tale gallops along without confusing readers new to the series....A darn good way to pass an afternoon.”—Kirkus Reviews