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Appaloosa por Robert B. Parker
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Appaloosa (original 2005; edição 2006)

por Robert B. Parker

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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 marshal and one of his deputies for dead. Cole and Hitch, itinerant lawmen, are used to cleaning up after opportunistic thieves, but in Bragg they find an unusually wily adversary-one who raises the stakes by playing not with the rules, but with emotions.… (mais)
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Título:Appaloosa
Autores:Robert B. Parker
Informação:Berkley (2006), Paperback, 320 pages
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Robert B. Parker is known for his detective novels - his interconnected Boston (and the region) based series have more of 50 books between them (and all 3 series had been continued after his death). But in his standalone novels he explored almost every genre (except for speculative fiction) - romance, crime, family sagas, westerns and sports were all covered. "Appaloosa" is not the first western that he wrote, fictionalized biographical novel of Wyatt Earp("Gunman's Rhapsody") had already proven than his style works for the genre. And this novel shows it even more - without the historical figures and the known story to support and be reinterpreted, Parker creates his own Wild West that is as alive as the real one.

Meet Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch - lawmen in the Wild West who travel around the country and take the law in their hands (legally) when things go especially bad. And in the town of Appaloosa they had - a local land owner had been terrorizing everyone (the novel opens with a horrific scene of violence) and anyone who has anything against it gets killed - including the old lawman. So the town calls our guys and they set to solving the problem - in their way.

The story is told by Everett Hitch - the helper to the much more ruthless Virgil Cole. Which does not mean that Hitch is in any way innocent or that he does not kill. But Cole likes his guns and knows how to use them - and even when no gun is around, he can be violent, regardless of the propriety of the situation.

And then someone finds a way to almost disable Virgil - because he falls in love. Then things go badly -- for everyone besides the woman anyway...

It is a gunslinger novel but it is not just that. Somewhere under the deceptively easy prose which is the usual Parker style is hiding a whole world. If anything it is even better used here than in the Spenser series - the Boston of Spenser is known to the world so you back-fill some of the missing information; here you cannot and you do not need to. And despite the spare style there are the nature pictures and the Appaloosa stud and his mares, there are the people of a town somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

I had been listening to the surviving episodes of the radio version of Gunsmoke (most of them made it through time actually) and the world of Parker is very close to the world of Gunsmoke - I was even looking for parallels between the two. They are not the same ones, neither this later one is modeled on it. But they have the same feeling and the same deceptive simplicity that is anything but.

I am planning to continue with this series at least with the novels that Parker managed to finish (only 4) but if the other 3 series are any indication, I will probably decide to continue even with the authors who took the series and continued it after his death. And I probably should read more westerns... ( )
1 vote AnnieMod | Feb 18, 2021 |
The style is the same as in Parker's Spenser series with terse, to-the-point dialoge from the main characters. The two main characters are reminicient of Hawk and "Hawk-Lite". This was an enjoyable read. Definately a "guys" book. The ending was pleasently not a "standard" type ending but given the nature of the characters a highly plausible one. ( )
  feralcatbob | Dec 22, 2020 |
Loved it! ( )
  p_r_a_x_i_s | Jun 11, 2019 |
This is a very fine western, something that rises quite a bit above standard fare. Virgil Cole can be a mean sonofabitch. He gets a bean up his ass and he's liable to beat the shit out of someone for no reason at all. I'm not too fond of that aspect of his character. However, he does try hard to be a good guy, a town marshall when one is needed. Not too many people can do what he does. The story is told by his "assistant" Everett Hitch. Hitch is a keen observer.

The story is told in an easy to read style that manages to display some fine writing. The basic story is a familiar one. Bad guys rule a small town. Someone needs to clean it up. A woman manages to get in the way of things. Parker handles the familiar elements very well. I think what makes this a very fine novel is that it is about a friendship and what that friendship means and the sacrifice that a friend will make when it is needed.

I remember when I saw the film a few years ago that I thought I should read the book. I am glad I did. ( )
  RBeffa | Nov 2, 2017 |
I liked the characters, the situations, the dialogue, and that the story flowed right along. Despite a bit of profanity, I enjoyed it, and I plan to read more books by this author. ( )
  fuzzi | Aug 2, 2016 |
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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 marshal and one of his deputies for dead. Cole and Hitch, itinerant lawmen, are used to cleaning up after opportunistic thieves, but in Bragg they find an unusually wily adversary-one who raises the stakes by playing not with the rules, but with emotions.

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