Appaloosa

Appaloosa

Large Print - 2005
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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. When it comes to writing, Robert B. Parker knows no boundaries. From the iconic Spenser detective series and the novels featuring Sunny Randall and Jess Stone, to the groundbreaking historical novel Double Play, Parker's imagination has taken readers from Boston to Brooklyn and back again. In Appaloosa, fans are taken on another trip to the untamed territories of the West during the 1800s. When Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch arrive in Appaloosa, they find a small, dusty town suffering at the hands of renegade rancher Randall Bragg, a man who has so little regard for the law that he has taken supplies, horses, and women for his own and left the city marshall and one of his deputies for dead. Cole and Hitch, itinerant lawmen, are used to cleaning up after opportunistic thieves.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Pub., 2005.
ISBN: 9781597220002
1597220000
Call Number: PARKER
Characteristics: 296 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Western fiction.
Ranchers -- Fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Fiction.
Peace officers -- Fiction.
Hitch, Everett (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Cole, Virgil (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Large type books.

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MichaelRD Dec 22, 2014

This is the first of four Westerns by Robert B. Parker, who is more well known for his mystery novels. The fast pace of the story and the simple dialogue make this a pleasant and light read, especially if you are used to the more wordy Louis L'Amour style of western. Appaloosa is relatively gritty and hits on all the tropes you would expect: hardened lawmen, overpowered and power-hungry wealthy landowner and quite a bit of gun fighting here and there. This is the perfect read for someone who wants something light and easy to read while still being an engaging and enjoyable experience.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Great western stuff!! Ive never enjoyed the genre but this was just spectacular!

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RavenIsland
Jun 06, 2012

What a great book! For sheer easy and enjoyable reading, it doesn't get much better than 'Appaloosa'. Parker's well-drawn characters, Virgil Cole and Everitt Hitch, are both everything you might expect from a Western and also completely novel. The book is worth reading for the dialogue alone, which is often dry and hilarious. Parker knows his stuff, and 'Appaloosa' delivers - good story-telling, fun plot, excellent characters, and lots of action. One of my favorites.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Sexual Content: Rape. And other sexual encounters. Nothing overly graphic though.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: Very violent gun usage. Brain matter when people are shot ect...

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Coarse Language: A couple dozen F-bombs.

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Nov 20, 2012

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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