Robert B. Parker
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Cole and Hitch are back in a new Western classic...
The guns-for-hire introduced in Robert B. Parker's Appaloosa are back...
When Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch track down the woman who stole Virgil's heart, they find a dispirited prostitute rather than the innocent beauty she once was. Now they must save her, even if murder is the price of redemption.
you?” “No,” I said. “That’s how I know,” Virgil said. “I happen to know one of the shooters on each side. I’m betting they ain’t the only ones.” “Probably not,” I said. Allie came into the office carrying an iron pot of something. She looked well-scrubbed and neat. There was some color in her cheeks now, and she seemed to have put on a few pounds. “Brought you boys some lunch,” Allie said. “Just made it this morning.” She put the pot on the desk, went to a cupboard on the right wall, took
liked her piano playing,” I said. “God, no,” Virgil said. “You?” “No,” I said. “Singing, neither.” It was still raining, and the water ran down the windows in the front of the office, changing the shape of everything moving in the street. Virgil sipped his coffee and looked at the rain. “She used to be fun,” Virgil said. “Now she working so hard to make it up to me, she ain’t fun anymore.” “She is pretty drab,” I said. “Drab,” Virgil said. “Sorta no color,” I said. “Boring.” He nodded.
Street toward The Church of the Brotherhood. “Had one of them Indian schools. Everybody working their ass off to teach these kids to be what they weren’t.” “Buffalo Calf wasn’t a quitter,” I said. “Musta taken him ten years to find Pike.” “Yep.” “Then he wanted to stretch it out,” I said. “So it wouldn’t be over too quick.” “All he had,” Virgil said. He paused and looked at a dress hanging in the window of a shop. “You a pretty smart fella, Everett.” “Sure,” I said. “Went to the Academy
said. “I think she will,” Virgil said. I didn’t say anything. “I’ll only say this to you, Everett,” Virgil said. “ ’Cause I don’t mind so much looking like a fool to you. But I believe her this time.” “And them other men?” I said. “Got nothing to do with me,” Virgil said. I nodded. We walked on. We could see The Church of the Brotherhood ahead of us. There were several deacons standing around outside wearing Colts. “ ’ Less it keeps happening,” Virgil said. “Can’t take that no more.”
that she asked you to,” I said. “You think I should?” Virgil said. “I need to know what you think.” “We don’t have to leave her here,” I said. “We can take her someplace where she gets a decent chance.” “But you don’t think I should take her back.” “She is what she is,” I said. “Been what she is for a long time.” “And you don’t think she’ll change,” Virgil said. “Don’t think she’s got anything to change to,” I said. “You don’t think I should take her back,” Virgil said. “No,” I said. “I