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3.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 5 3.81 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Titus Welliver Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch Series Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9780739366141
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The New York Times—bestselling author’s richly imagined work of historical fiction: a powerful tale of the Old West from the acknowledged master of crime fiction.

I had an eight-gauge shotgun that I’d taken with me when I left Wells Fargo. It didn’t take too long for things to develop. I sat in the tall lookout chair in the back of the saloon with the shotgun in my lap for two peaceful nights. On my third night it was different. I could almost smell trouble beginning to cook.

After the bloody confrontation in Appaloosa, Everett Hitch heads into the afternoon sun and ends up in Resolution, an Old West town so new the dust has yet to settle. It’s the kind of town that doesn’t have much in the way of commerce, except for a handful of saloons and some houses of ill repute.  Hitch takes a job as a lookout at Amos Wolfson’s Blackfoot Saloon and quickly establishes his position as protector of the ladies who work the back rooms–as well as a man unafraid to stand up to the enforcer sent down from the O’Malley copper mine.

Though Hitch makes short work of hired gun Koy Wickman, tensions continue to mount, so that even the self-assured Hitch is relieved by the arrival in town of his friend Virgil Cole. When greedy mine owner Eamon O’Malley threatens the loose coalition of local ranchers and starts buying up Resolution’s few businesses, Hitch and Cole find themselves in the middle of a makeshift war between O’Malley’s men and the ranchers. In a place where law and order don’t exist, Hitch and Cole must make their own, guided by their sense of duty, honor, and friendship. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlis | 2/16/2014

    " This is a series of episodes that set up the plot. I really like the characters and the Old West setting. This is a great "man on a horse with a gun" western. I really enjoyed it--especially listening to cds as we drove. The mind pictures were vivid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb Luckenbihl | 2/14/2014

    " Formula, Parker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelyn | 2/14/2014

    " a brilliant look not only at the life of, but at the mind and insights of a hired killer in the old west "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Westfall | 2/11/2014

    " I think this may be the best of the Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch series so far. I only have one left to read of the series. I think I will have to go to the public library to find "Blue-Eyed Devil". In Resolution Virgil and Everett tame the town without being the law. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shirley Midgett | 2/9/2014

    " Hemingway-esque western with a touch of dragnet dialog. But I liked it well enough, simplistic style suits a western and I intend to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/8/2014

    " Just as he wrote some damn fine mysteries, Parker is also a master of the terse, short dramatic Western. The same techniques that serve him well in his Spenser novels (tight humorous dialogue, a minimum of needless description) serve him well here. This is a novel that supposedly is about two cowboys, but underneath it is really a study of what happens when established government tries to squeeze out individual enterprise. A good read... you might try the prequel Appaloosa first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 12/30/2013

    " Dad said reading this was just like watching an old Western. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 T White | 12/29/2013

    " Not Parkers best & not the best western I've read, but an easy read. The constant use of f$&@ is distracting from this story about the old west. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 12/3/2013

    " Kind of like Spencer & Hawk only set in the old west. Witty repartee, lots of white space, didn't do so much for me, but I'm not into westerns really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoAnn Ainsworth | 11/26/2013

    " Disappointed, Not his usual quality writing, but still an interesting western story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 11/7/2013

    " Very good book. I would have given it 5 stars, but for the use of a certain word, that I don't think is necessary! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 10/7/2013

    " Great sequal to Appaloosa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Ayles | 7/17/2013

    " Love his spencer books and this western is great too. An easy fun read. I'm re-reading it now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 5/23/2013

    " A good story and series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Hatcher | 5/11/2013

    " a good beach read for anyone who likes westerns or Parker-quick, justice prevails, bad guys lose and get killed-what more could you ask for! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/3/2013

    " Wow! It's like Spenser and Hawk meet the Wild West! A pleasurable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 11/29/2012

    " The hero is like Spencer but a cowboy gunslinger... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/5/2012

    " Very quick enjoyable read. Takes about three hours, but Parker spins a good yarn with two likable heroes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/22/2012

    " another winner for commuting to work!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 2/6/2012

    " Fast read, slow plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Midge | 1/3/2012

    " Another greaat story by Mr. Parker, and a sequel to "Appaloosa." What entertains me -- in addition to the great story-line -- is the simple, natural dialogue between Hitch and Cole and their dry humor. How can they be so calm when they are discussing how to kill the "bad guys."?!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 10/5/2011

    " Nice short western. Parker was a good writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 9/26/2011

    " okay western, I happen to like Robert B Parker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronald | 8/29/2011

    " This was an excellent book. It was well paced and had a good ending. I was suprised a couple of times with where the story went but the story was not fragmented like the story in the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 7/14/2011

    " I found it much more entertaining than I expected to; I did not expect to enjoy a western. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cerji | 5/13/2011

    " Although not a Spenser novel, Parker's main characters in this book are very similar to Spenser. Set in the old west, the plot and characters are gripping, which makes Resolution a quick read. Parker's storyline is again woven into his main character's sense of duty, responsibility and honor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/23/2011

    " another winner for commuting to work!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 1/2/2011

    " It is not a normal book for Parker and had a lot of bad language but it was still a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pettimay | 12/4/2010

    " It was nice to read a good western again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Sue | 12/2/2010

    " Read 'em all I say - Parker cracks me up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 11/18/2010

    " This too was a quick audio book. It has been awhile since I read a cowboy book. I had read the first book in the series so the characters were familiar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 11/8/2010

    " Full of laconic men who swear a lot when they do talk. Fabulous main characters--Hitch and Virgil Cole.

    Titus Welliver is the absolutely perfect narrator for this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/1/2010

    " Same good crisp writing as his mysteries. Interesting story although no surprises. It is obviously the second book of a series. I am going to have to find the first and read it. It was worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeva | 10/15/2010

    " Resolution was the best of Mr. Parker's western series. Virgil and Hitch take on one of the dirtiest hombres yet, and I had great fun reading about their exploits. I love this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 9/26/2010

    " Another of his westerns, and I liked it. These are a pretty quick read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T.O. | 9/22/2010

    " Once again, very easily read. Very Robert B. Parker as usual. The converstions were flawless with constant usual wise cracks and I could picture the scenes without any difficulties even though I've never lived in the era. Too bad there are only two more of the series left after this one. "

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About the Author
Robert B. Parker recipient of the Grand Master Edgar Award, is a pillar of American detective fiction. He is the author of more than fifty books for adults, including the New York Times bestselling Spenser and Jesse Stone novels. The Boxer and the Spy is his second book for young readers. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he and his wife, Joan, currently live in Cambridge, where Mr. Parker has on more than one occasion stepped into the boxing ring–but just for the fun of it.
About the Narrator
Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-eight previous novels, including #1 New York Times bestsellers The Crossing and The Burning Room. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.