Edward Hahn, June 11, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
Now that Robert Parker is gone, do not pass up the opportunity to read anything on his backlist that's still available. If you are a Robert Parker fan, as I am, you will love this book. If you are a fan of Westerns you may not. But then, Elmore Leonard writes Westerns so why not Parker?
It's a spare 290 page book full of terse and laconic dialogue. What Parker novel isn't? I read it in about five or six hours of one slow news day.
The main protagonists, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, the narrator, do bring up faint images of Spenser and Hawke but mostly in the acceptance of an unwritten and rarely articulated bond between two male friends engaged in dangerous, life threatening work.
Katie Goode, Hitch's prostitute girl friend, does remind me of Susan, Spenser's therapist love, but only in her insights not in how she expresses them.
While many may argue with me on this, I contend that "Appaloosa" is basically a love story between Virgil and Mrs. French with a lot of violence thrown in to keep us hard-boiled novel fans interested.
As evidence, I quote from the penultimate paragraph on the last page, "I saw the appaloosa nervously herding his mares along towards fresh pasture. He's got the mares, I thought. But the mares got him, too."
John Mood, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by John Mood)
This is a classic western, as good as or dare I say better than anything Louis L'Amour wrote. I am waiting for the paperback release, since I won't let my copy out of my sight. I want to loan it to my nephew and best friends, but I won't let go of my only copy. The movie didn't do justice, IGNORE the film, GET THE BOOK, read it first.
This is the best Western I have read in thirty years!
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This "New York Times" bestseller is a richly imagined novel of the Old West that tells the tale of two gunmen who arrive in the lawless town of Appaloosa, where the actions of a renegade rancher have already taken their toll.
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This is a richly imagined novel of the Old West, as spare and vivid as a high plains sunset, from one of the world's most talented performers (The San Diego Union-Tribune).
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