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  • Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Reprint edition (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425241459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425241455
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.2 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) has long been acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction. His novel featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim, typified by R.W.B. Lewis' comment, "We are witnessing one of the great series in the history of the American detective story" (The New York Times Book Review). In June and October of 2005, Parker had national bestsellers with APPALOOSA and SCHOOL DAYS, and continued his winning streak in February of 2006 with his latest Jesse Stone novel, SEA CHANGE.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded Pearl Productions, a Boston-based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in many of Parker's novels.

Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston's Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America's rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker's fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. In February 2005, CBS-TV broadcast its highly-rated adaptation of the Jesse Stone novel Stone Cold, which featured Tom Selleck in the lead role as Parker's small-town police chief. The second CBS movie, Night Passage, also scored high ratings, and the third, Death in Paradise, aired on April 30, 2006.

Parker was named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.

Parker died on January 19, 2010, at the age of 77.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Clark on 9 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am not a fan of the traditional western genre novel but I have enjoyed Parker's Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch series. I have read them all starting with my favorite Appaloosa. I was sorry to learn of the author's passing. I probably would never have discovered these books but I have been a fan of the authors Spencer novels. If you have read the earlier novels this is more of the same a good western story that moves along quickly with bad guys you love to hate and the stark yet snappy dialog exchanged between Cole and Hitch. It is the relationship that Cole and Hitch have that really make these books work for me. This last time out the boys are back in the Town of Appaloosa and the new lawman Amos Callico and a dozen thug deputies are running roughshod over the town. Of course this does not sit well with our heros. Meanwhile Apaches are planning an attack on the town, and then there is this stranger who arrives in town. There are plenty of plot lines to keep the story interesting. Fans should enjoy this last ride with Virgil and Everett. For an excellent modern day western I do have to recommend Across the High Lonesome.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Everyone is given to covetousness;
And from the prophet even to the priest,
Everyone deals falsely.
They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly,
Saying, 'Peace, peace!'
When there is no peace." -- Jeremiah 6:13-14 (NKJV)

This brief series ends with Blue-Eyed Devil. Fortunately for fans of Robert B. Parker who are in mourning over his passing, the shape of where the series was probably going is clear by the end of this book. It's a nice parting gift.

The contrast between partners Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, and their friend, Pony, and almost everyone else is enormous. The three men seek to do the right thing. Everyone else wants something that someone else has.

The story is a nice role reversal from the traditional western, the "law" is a big part of the illegal activities. As a result, Virgil, Everett, and Pony must walk a narrow tightrope while keeping their eyes open for hostile potshots.

Mr. Parker richly endowed the book with ironies, shifting alliances, and character flaws that are fatal in the ways that classical Greek dramatists appreciated. Even when standing up to tough men aiming to kill them, a woman can be a man's undoing. It's a story straight out of the Garden of Eden.

How can such a simple morality play work so well? That's what westerns are, and many modern novels are notoriously amoral. We crave for wrongs to be righted and justice to be done. Mr. Parker provides that here with a full house of laconic wit and challenging circumstances. Here's an example of the partners talking after meeting the newest hired gun in town.

"'Why'd he want to see you?'

Virgil smiled.

'So he'd know what I looked like,' Virgil said.

'You think it's you?' I said.
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... because Parker died before he could do another one. This is the fourth in the series about lawmen/gunslingers Cole & Hitch, and, like the others, is great fun. Laconic, a bit ignorant (Cole), but trying to do the right thing: Spenser in the WIld West. I love these books and have read them several times (they don't take long).
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Just when Parker's two Western heroes were reaching the peak of their maturity, the author sadly passed away. As the book cover aptly suggests, Cole and Hitch will now fade into the sunset forever. This is their last ride together and an excellent book. They will be greatly missed and so will Robert B. Parker.
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