The Resource Resolution, Robert B. Parker

Resolution, Robert B. Parker

Label
Resolution
Title
Resolution
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Robert B. Parker
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eng
Summary
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
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  • Mystery stalwart Parker's 2005 western Appaloosa may have surprised a few folks, but really, where better than the Old West for his terse, punchy dialogue; buddy-bond themes; and propulsive, rock-steady storytelling? This follow-up finds Everett Hitch in the town of Resolution, drawing pay for peacekeeping the Blackfoot Saloon, owned by a scheming cross-eye who goes by the name of Wolfson. When trouble starts, Hitch remembers the words of his partner, Virgil Cole: "Sometimes you got to kill one person early, to save from killing four or five later." Well, Virgil ain't always right, and after he arrives in town to lope around with Hitch, a war breaks out between Wolfson and pretty much the rest of the community. Between gunfights, the two heroes moralize on the law—there isn't a stranger or funnier scene in any western than the two gunmen jawing over The Social Contract by "Russo"—and wonder if they aren't on the wrong side of the fight. With a healthy, but not overly graphic, body count and a gravelly cadence of yep- and nope-based banter, it doesn't take Parker long to clean up a town. If he's disposed to take much more time away from Spenser et al., here's to hoping he'll linger awhile with Cole and Hitch. -- Chipman, Ian (Reviewed 03-15-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 14, p6)
  • Parker applies his customary vigor to this sequel to Appaloosa (2005), in a sparse, bullet-riddled rumination on law and order, friendship and honor. Narrator and hired gun Everitt Hitch takes a job as lookout in Amos Wolfson's Blackfoot Saloon and, in short order, guns down local upstart Koy Wickman and stands up for the town's beleaguered prostitutes. Without fully intending it, he creates a haven of orderliness amid the chaos of sheriff-less Resolution. But larger forces are at work as Eamon O'Malley, competing with Wolfson for control of Resolution, hires freelance thugs Cato and Rose to replace Wickman. Lest Everitt end up outnumbered, his old friend Virgil Cole turns up just as Wolfson and O'Malley amass armies for a decisive battle. Wolfson's army turns out to be the more unsavory and dishonorable, winning the day against O'Malley—but Virgil, Everitt, Cato and Rose are prepared to settle things the honorable way. Though the plot meanders its way to a too-fast climax, Parker's dialogue is snappy and his not-a-word-wasted scenes suit this Spartan western. (June) --Staff (Reviewed March 31, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 13, p35)
  • Parker's writing is a pure pleasure to read—terse and strong, it carries a good story and lays its messages between the lines. His latest Western picks up where Appaloosa left off with Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole together again working as hired guns for a nasty SOB named Wolfson. Wolfson wants to own the whole town of Resolution, but Eamon O'Malley, the local mine owner, stands in his way—Eamon with his gunslingers Cato and Rose. Wolfson is also squeezing the local farmers and small ranchers out of business. A range war is inevitable, and Cole and Hitch wind up champions of the little guys. This is more of a shoot-'em-up than Appaloosa was—plenty of action, not too much character development, fast and fun to read. Could this be the beginning of a new series? The film version of Appaloosa starring Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, and Renee Zellweger is set to be released later this year. Highly recommended for all Western collections.—Ken St. Andre, Phoenix P.L. --Ken St. Andre (Reviewed May 1, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 8, p59)
  • Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole ride (separately) into the western town of Resolution and deal with the trouble that instantly springs up to greet them.Amos Wolfson, who owns the Blackfoot Saloon, has already lost several bouncers, one to a smartly placed bullet, when he offers the job to Everett Hitch. Hitch's approach to the position doesn't sound very ambitious. He sits night after night in the saloon with a shotgun, waiting to see what develops, and passing the time by adopting such a protective attitude toward local members of the oldest profession that Wolfson sneeringly calls him "Fucking Saint Everett of the Whores." For all of Hitch's sentimentality, his tactics are highly effective against Koy Wickman, the weaselly provocateur who works for copper-mine owner Eamon O'Malley. In no time at all Wickman's been retired, buried and replaced by the fearsome twosome of Cato Tillson and Frank Rose. When Virgil Cole arrives and decides to throw in with his old friend (Appaloosa, 2005) once more, the stage seems set for a showdown between the two legendary pairs of gunslingers as they eye each other from the saloons they've signed on to keep orderly. But Parker, in a pleasing twist, allows all four to sidestep the turf war between Wolfson and O'Malley for the land and limited wealth of Resolution, and to join forces against Wolfson's company store, which has been squeezing them dry. Cole calmly predicts that Wolfson will dismiss his inconveniently activist gunslingers only after he's found replacements prepared to stand against them, and that's exactly what happens.Jettisoning the increasingly feeble mysteries that have been the weakest part of his recent thrillers (Stranger in Paradise, 2008, etc.), Parker focuses on what he does best—ritualistically clipped dialogue and manly posturing—and serves up a reminder of just how much hardboiled fiction owes the Western. (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
255068
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1932-2010
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Parker, Robert B.
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PS3566.A686
LC item number
R47 2008
Literary form
fiction
Reading level
3.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch
Series volume
0002
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Irish American copper miners
  • Ranchers
  • Cole, Virgil (Fictitious character)
  • Hitch, Everett (Fictitious character)
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Resolution, Robert B. Parker
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Control code
667972
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9780399155048
Lccn
2008006589
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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regular print
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  • (Sirsi) i9780399155048
  • (OCoLC)178210022
Label
Resolution, Robert B. Parker
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
667972
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9780399155048
Lccn
2008006589
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399155048
  • (OCoLC)178210022

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