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Publisher's Summary

When it comes to writing, Robert B. Parker knows no boundaries. From the iconic Spenser detective series and the novels featuring Sunny Randall and Jesse 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 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.
This is Robert B. Parker at his storytelling best.
©2005 Robert B. Parker (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"[A] stunning western....This is one of Parker's finest." (Publishers Weekly)
"Parker fans will expect the action and the smart-ass banter, but it's the sense of melancholy and irrevocable sacrifice that will separate this fine novel from most of the author's recent work." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeffrey on 07-07-05

One of the Best Old west tales

This was a great book. A great and realistic tale about two Old West Marshalls. It has everything Friendships, gunfights, mercenaries, Train robbberies, Murder, Indians; everything you would expect from old west fiction. If you are a fan of the Wyatt earp tales or enjoy old west sagas like the HBO show Deadwood. This book is highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Barbara on 01-14-06

I am over 60 but ...

Maybe because most of my Saturday afternoons were spent at the local theater where the tickets were $.25 cents and popcorn was $.10 and every third movie was a western, but I loved this audible book. I liked the characters, I liked the plot, I really liked the reading. It was one of those books that stayed with me for days after and made picking up the next listen difficult. You do not have to be a guy with a Zane Gray collection to appreciate this novel.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ian D. Barrass-sykes on 04-12-09

mean and moody

This story grabs you from the very start. The two main protagonists engage in quirky monosyllabic conversations, which are delivered excellently by a superb narrration. It is a buddy story about two lawmen who have their own rules they live by. The story bowls along at a good pace, with outlaws, shoot outs, indians and everything else you want in a wild west story.
I highly recommend this to all those who love a good story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Danny Farham on 08-01-17

Brilliant western

This story is one of the best westerns ever. The narrator was perfect for the story. Now I'm gonna have to download the next book in the series.

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