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Itinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch return in the gritty new installment of the New York Times–bestselling series.   Appaloosa, the hometown of Territorial Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, continues to prosper, but with prosperity comes a slew of new trouble: carpetbaggers, gamblers, migrants, peddlers, drifters, thieves, and whores, all boiling in a caulItinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch return in the gritty new installment of the New York Times–bestselling series.   Appaloosa, the hometown of Territorial Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, continues to prosper, but with prosperity comes a slew of new trouble: carpetbaggers, gamblers, migrants, peddlers, drifters, thieves, and whores, all boiling in a cauldron of excess and greed. And there’s a new menace in town: a wealthy, handsome easterner—and the owner of Appaloosa’s new casino—Boston Bill Black.             Boston Bill is flashy and bigger than life. He’s a prankster and a notorious womanizer, and with eight notches on the handle of his Colt, he’s rumored quick on the draw. When he finds himself wanted for a series of murders, he quickly vanishes. Cole and Hitch locate and arrest him, but Boston Bill escapes once again. Another murder sets the duo on his trail, eventually taking them back to Appaloosa—where one woman in particular may, or may not, prove to be the apple of Boston Bill’s eye....

Title : Robert B. Parker's Blackjack
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ISBN : 9781101982532
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Number of Pages : 324 Pages
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Robert B. Parker's Blackjack Reviews

  • Eric
    2019-04-14 17:47

    We've now reached a point where Robert Knott has written four Cole & Hitch novels, the same amount Robert B. Parker wrote before his death. Fortunately, while there have been some rough patches, Knott has improved with this novel, my favorite of his entries to date. While, of course, neither this novel nor any of Knott's previous novels captures Parker or his characters perfectly, it's not like there are a ton of other Western series on the market to choose from, and this series scratches that itch nicely.

  • Bill
    2019-04-15 16:46

    I'm reading these books mainly as a habit. The terse style and the simple plots make these books easy to read and digest. But I feel something is lacking. As the books continue, I find Virgil and Allie increasing hard to like and while I enjoy Hitch's voice and character, no-one grows or changes. The slight mystery in this book is overshadowed by the Western violence and the killing of interesting and likable characters is becoming annoying. It's likely I will continue to read this series because I still have a deep respect for Robert Parker, but Knott just doesn't seem to have the same balance of character and morality.

  • Ronald Koltnow
    2019-04-02 14:51

    This is the eighth adventure of Robert B. Parker's laconic lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, and the fourth written by Robert Knott. Like its predecessors, it is mind candy, all fluff and sugar, and a fun way to spend a couple of hours. Unlike its predecessors, this outing drags a bit in spots, it's language is too contemporary, and the dramatic denouement is no surprise. Also, there is little gunplay, which is what one reads westerns for in the first place. I have devoured each of these books as soon as I could get my hands on them, which I will do when the next is published. However, this is not the best of the lot.

  • Sienna
    2019-04-15 12:11

    I tried. I tried to get past how the dialogue was not the simple, brilliant, funny dialogue of Robert B Parker. I tried to get past how it wasn't the laconic Virgil & the educated but humble Hitch. I tried to read it as a new author, a new story... it just didn't grab me.

  • Tim
    2019-04-07 14:03

    The only resemblance to the late Robert B Parker in this story are the names of his characters. For this snoozer, 0 of 10 stars

  • Gloria Feit
    2019-03-26 09:43

    Robert B. Parker’s BlackjackBy Robert KnottPutnamFebruary 20, 2016, Hardcover, 322 pp., $27.00ISBN 978-1-1019-8253-2January 3, 2017, Paperback, 384 pp., $9.99ISBN 978-1-1019-8252-5Reviewed by Theodore FeitThe late Robert B. Parker created several memorable characters, notably Spenser. But there was also Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall to round out the mystery/crime series. Parker also wrote standalones and a western series with the popular marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch as protagonists. Robert Knott has continued to employ Virgil and Everett in his efforts to continue the westerns conceived by Parker.“Blackjack” is pretty much of a straightforward story in which a new casino is being built in their hometown of Appaloosa. An important employee, Boston Bill Black, a notorious gambler and womanizer, has hired two gunmen as bodyguards. One day, he is confronted in the street by a lawman from Denver seeking to serve him with an arrest warrant. One of the gunmen shoots the Denver representative, who eventually dies. It turns out that the warrant accuses Black of murdering the lawman’s wife, with whom he had had relations, in Denver. Virgil and Everett now turn their attention to capturing the gunman and bringing him to justice.Eventually Black also is captured, charged with murder and tried. He maintained his innocence, but was found guilty instead, sentenced to be hanged. The tale continues from that point, but to reveal any further plot would constitute a spoiler. There is little action but a lot of talk, as the novel wends its way to the conclusion which contains quite a twist. However, the story is hardly a western in the true sense except for the setting and some of the dialog. It could have taken place anywhere and at anytime. Still a good read, and it is recommended.

  • Steve
    2019-04-15 16:46

    Feb 28, 2017 I looked at some of the Goodread reviews AFTER I gave this book 5 stars. The reviewers ran the gamut from no stars to 5 stars and everything in between. I agree with the 5 star reviews..... Knott is a very good writer and the voices he uses are terrific and in keeping with Parker. I would even give five stars for the"Acknowledgments" at the end (I rarely read "Acknowledgments). Very clever!!! I liked the story and I liked the ending. So - count me as one of the 5 star groupies - I am not ashamed of my enjoying this book.

  • False
    2019-04-11 17:56

    Right around the time of Robert Parker's death, I lost about four more writers that I enjoyed reading. None of them "serious" (and by that I mean academic or Henry James) writers, but rather the type of writer I read to take a break from more academic reading. Philip Craig who wrote from Martha's Vineyard, Elmore Leonard, Vince Flynn, and a few others. I've written this in complaint before, but the new trend seems to be to hire out writers to take on the deceased writer's style and keep the work spewing out, either for widows or estates in the case of Parker since his wife is now deceased, and I recognize the temptation of having an ongoing money source pouring into the family coffers. However...I have yet to read one author who is practicing this "estate writing" that completely nails it seamlessly where you don't miss what you've lost. Parker's writers, in particular Robert Knott and Ace Atkins are truly good at their craft--especially Atkins, but there's always just that little "something something" that's missing--that spark that was the true man. Knott's dialogue is sparse and short, just as Parker would have written it, but....not quite. There's a decent plot that studies the behaviors of society and humans, but it doesn't "quite" hit where Parker would have hit.In essence, and it is essence I am talking about, I find myself wondering why I read these books, and the sole answer is that I miss the writer him or herself. Ruth Rendell died this past year, and she's another one I would read on a regular basis--anything she wrote. Henning Mankell is another. I'm sure the list will continue to grow, for every year I go on. Christopher Hitchens another. Memoriam reading. Death drafts. I don't know. Sooner or later, we are going to have to create a term for this practice.I do miss Robert B. Parker. He died six years ago this January. At his desk. Working. I wish, in part, his wife and children had left him there.

  • Ed
    2019-04-03 14:00

    #8 in the Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch series. #4 written by author Knott, after the first four were penned by series originator Robert B. Parker. The two lawmen have settled into the town of Appaloosa, Cole in the company of the somewhat ditzy Allie French. A quick read with short chapters and lines of terse dialogue such as ""Just awful, " Allie said." ""Was." I said" and ""It wasn't, " Virgil said."Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch series - Virgil Cole is still the marshal in Appaloosa, and Everett Hitch is still his deputy, but the town is growing, and with growth comes trouble. Like Boston Bill Black, who is wanted for the murder of a Denver policeman's wife. The aggrieved husband, Roger Messenger, steps off a train intending to arrest Boston Bill, but Messenger is shot first. Bill and cronies decamp, but Virgil and Everett are on their trail. A shootout ensues, but Bill escapes. Complicating matters are, first, the arrival in Appaloosa of a contingent of angry lawmen and, second, the fact that Bill claims to be innocent, and what facts there are may support his position.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-04-06 14:07

    I'm not sure why I read this series. Even when Robert B. Parker was writing them I was never satisfied with the books. Robert Knott does a fine job of continuing the spirit of Parker's books. Nevertheless, I start them and then ask myself why. Perhaps it's loyalty to Parker for his Spenser books, which I enjoyed. This might be the last Cole/Hitch book I read, but I've said that before. The plots are shallow, which might be an homage to old spaghetti westerns. The extended plotline about Cole being cock-of-the-walk and repeatedly corralling Allie French, his sometimes wandering significant other, gets tiresome. Everett Hitch is the only character in the entire series that I like. I would gladly read the further adventures of Everett Hitch or, better yet, a back-story about his army days or life before meeting Virgil Cole. Hey Robert Knott - can you get to work on that?

  • Hapzydeco
    2019-03-27 17:07

    Good character development but short on action. A female accountant might eradicate a ledger but commit a violent murder; makes you wonder.

  • Karl Jorgenson
    2019-04-18 18:07

    The publishers again demonstrate their contempt for their readership. This is Robert Parker's Blackjack, trading on the deceased author's name. It's a western, and I believe Parker wrote some westerns, probably back in the sixties. I'm sure his are good, I'd like to see one. Parker was an excellent writer with vivid scenes, sharp characters, and clever plots. Not all his books were gems, but he had a lot winners. One annoying thing about Parker's writing is that he liked dialogue to carry the scene, almost every scene. Apparently, that's what the hired hack was told to do here to make it sound more like Parker. He succeeded in that and failed in all else.Could this plot move any slower? No. The characters sit around and talk. 'How you doin'?' 'Fair 'nuff.' 'You figure it's gonna rain?' 'Might be. Seen some clouds this morning.' And so on ad-nauseam. If only someone could have told this pretender that you cut the dialogue down to the interesting parts and let us imagine the dull parts. Also, everyone speaks in the language of 19th century royal court: they use $64 words, they address each other formally, AND EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE SOMEBODY LOOKS at SOMEBODY. 'Nice lookin' horse'. Virgil looked at me. 'He is a fine animal.' I looked at Jack, who looked at Virgil. The language is wrong, feels wrong for these tough hombres, but even worse, it makes the characters indistinguishable. Every one of them is apparently the product of a long and arduous finishing school, focused on language skills. Every one of them is in fact the same cardboard cutout. I cared about them as much as I care about the cardboard cutout of the Michelin Man in front of Tires Plus.If you collated the active verbs in this book, 'looked' would win 10,000,000 to 20 over the next closest.Bonus torture for me: I was listening to the audio version. Every meaningless, tiresome dialogue bit is followed by 'he said' or 'Virgil said' or 'Jack said', even when it's obvious who said it. When you read the printed version, your brain can largely skip over the attribution. But in audio, the reader has to say it. As a result, I heard mainly this: 'blah, blah, blah' Jack said. 'Blah, blah' Virgil said. 'Blah?' I said. 'Blah, blah,' Jack said. 'Blah, blah,' I said. Even as I write this, I find I can read it more pleasantly than I could listen to the book. To share my pain, read the preceding example out loud.DNF; I only listened because it was the only audiobook onboard for the drive from the cabin.

  • Charles
    2019-04-08 12:56

    Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are a pair of lawmen in the American frontier town of Appaloosa. It was a wild town but is now starting to receive an influx of culture and civilization as the law is taking control. Virgil and Cole are men that often speak few words and are like brothers. Unlike most western stories featuring two men, there is no leader/sidekick relationship.A woman was brutally murdered in Denver and her police officer husband is in Appaloosa to serve an arrest warrant on Boston Bill Black. Black has two hired gunmen bodyguards and when the police officer reaches in his pack for the warrant, one of the bodyguards guns him down. Black then flees with his two henchmen and this is the opening event in a complex tale of intrigue, deception and eventual justice.All through the story, Cole and Hitch express their doubts as to the guilt of Black, yet there is no real evidence other than a gut feeling based on their experience. Yet, they do what the law requires and Black is put on trial. A new major character is introduced, one that creates a bit of disturbance in Cole.This is an engaging story that fits well within the Parker style, it could have been written by Parker himself. I found it difficult to put it down once I started. There is not a lot of gun and other violence, it is about the characters, their jobs and how they relate to each other. The murderer is eventually exposed and their identity was well hidden until the very end.

  • Cindy
    2019-04-15 11:00

    Virgil and Cole are honest, hard working lawmen, charged with keeping the peace in Appaloosa, a town that needs them for the continuous run of bad guys who try to disrupt growth in the town. This one introduces an interesting new twist - seems Virgil has a brother with the unlikely name of Valentine. Don't want to spoil anything I'll stop there - if you like reading westerns, there isn't anything you won't like about Knott's version of Parker's western series.

  • Lee Tyner
    2019-04-13 13:54

    Used to be GreatAre used to really enjoy the series regardless of the author. The previous books seem to take a step back, and this one took three steps back. Once again, it had an unnecessarily long and drive story that came to an abrupt and unseen end. No gunfights and no manhunts. Virgil & Cole had an indirect involvement in the whole story. I don't get it. This series was previously great and I thought Iron Horse was won of my favorite westerns.

  • Ellie
    2019-04-10 13:50

    Not my usual kind of reading! It was my "Blind Date With a Book" from the Carmel Library! I guess these are ongoing characters started by the deceased Robert Parker, and this Robert Knott is continuing the stories. Clever ending, average writing . . . I typically never "scan" but did for this.

  • William
    2019-04-21 13:01

    just a lot of irrelevant dialog. This is such a departure that they only relevance to a western is the date of the story.Knott has not shown me that he can continue Parker's style. If this is the best that the owner's of his rights can find, then let the sunset on Cole and Hitch.

  • Robert
    2019-04-17 14:05

    Pretty boring. Knott introduces what could be a fascinating character --- Virgil Cole's estranged semi-outlaw brother and then does nothing with him. I have now read all of the Virgil Cole - Everett Hitch series. I think that is enough.

  • Dru
    2019-04-17 16:54

    I was very surprised to find out this was a "cowboy" book. But it was very enjoyable. And always fast reading. I will definitely look for more books by this author.

  • Harold
    2019-04-22 17:13

    ...introducing a new character who I bet will be returning.

  • Gregory Stevens
    2019-04-19 16:53

    Just didn’t do anything for me. Glad I read it.

  • Doug Hall
    2019-03-29 10:10

    Entertaining to mehhh...

  • Drew Thomson
    2019-04-21 11:44

    I am a fan of Robert B. Parker books. This is the eighth in the series of the Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch westerns. . If you enjoy westerns, this is a good book. It is easy reading.

  • Cory
    2019-04-17 11:49

    It was so-so....after reading my first western I just don't think it's for me. Kind of hard to visualize a western action story in my head. I would rather just watch them on big screen.

  • judy k colthar
    2019-04-20 12:46

    ReviewThis book is typical of an Everett and hitch novel. Very exciting and entertaining storyline .I liked it very much

  • Jim Kerr
    2019-04-17 18:04

    So dissappointing! In his fourth book in the series after he took over from deceased Robert Parker, Knott has suceeded in eliminating all the percussive cadenece of Parker's prose, the sparking verbal interplay beteeen Everett and Virgil and all quirks that made the characters distinctive and individual. Is it a decent enough formula Western for a quick genre fix? I suppose so, but it's sure nothing like Parker's four gems.

  • Toby Neighbors
    2019-03-25 18:07

    A Great TravestyI've read all the Cole & Hitch novels. I was happy that R. Knot continued the adventures of this great western duo after Robert B. Parker passed away. At first I thought his storytelling was robust and well conceived, but with each subsequent novel the books shifted from westerns to mysteries. This novel was dull, lacking any real style or energy. The uniqueness of the two main characters was lost, and the plot twist was painfully obvious. I don't think I can bring myself to read anymore of what was once a wonderful western series.

  • Janis
    2019-03-30 10:13

    Hitch & Cole must determine who killed the lawman from Denver who was trying to arrest an accused killer from Denver. The reader of the Hitch & Cole novels is fantastic! This is a good story. I admit I've never been as excited about the Hitch & Cole series as I am the other characters created by Robert B. Parker, but Robert Knott is doing a great job of writing new novels to continue the series.

  • Brett Thomasson
    2019-03-27 17:47

    G.P. Putnam and the Robert B. Parker estate pulled the plug on Michael Brandman's vision of Parker character Jesse Stone after three novels. Brandman's third was moving in the right direction, but not fast enough for Parker fandom, so he was replaced with Reed Farrell Coleman.Which makes you wonder if Robert Knott, who's continuing Parker's "Cole and Hitch" series of Westerns, is somehow sneaking books out when someone at Putnam isn't looking. Because his quality curve is, to put it kindly, not upward.Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch don't think much of Boston Bill Black, but since the casino boss hasn't crossed the law in their town yet they'll live and let live. The arrival of a warrant for Boston Bill's arrest -- complete with the murder of the warrant bearer -- changes things. Now the pair must hunt him down, but even if they do, his arrest will only be the start of the trouble Appaloosa sees as a result of his crimes.The core narrative of Blackjack is common enough, involving the hunt and capture of an outlaw, his subsequent trial and the many layers of skullduggery in which a variety of folks are engaged. Knott's clanky writing doesn't help it move smoothly, though, and his reliance on his file of Cole-Hitch Standard Scenes, Dialogue and Responses doesn't help. He introduces Virgil's brother for no apparent reason and proceeds to do nothing much with him. Knott probably intends to show something about Virgil by introducing a character whose surface appears to be his opposite while his substance is similar, but since he has to tell us this in an awkward shoehorned conversation instead of showing it, the impact is mostly lost and the character mostly a curiosity.Blackjack's story resolution makes as much sense as putting three aces on the cover of a book named for a card game hand of an ace and a face card. A far greater mystery is why these books keep coming out, and why Putnam is putting Parker-level production values on Jake Logan material. Original available here.

  • Ludwig
    2019-04-01 09:51

    Another great book by robert parker Love all Robert parkers true to life people and placesThe way he creates his changes and new happeningsAlways keeps you interested