Blue Eyed Devil arrived at a good time for me. I was craving something different and this was just the thing. Cole & Hitch are awesome characters and Parker has a great time with them. I enjoyed the dialogue throughout the novel and the chemistry. In the case of Cole & Hitch, less always seems as if it is more.
Parker has put together his best work with this group of characters. It is a shame he discovered the western so late in his career; he pens a good one. The action in the novel is quick, the characters are excellent. The grasp and feel for the time period is amazing. As much as I have enjoyed Appaloosa, I am going to say I savored and enjoyed Blue Eyed Devil more. I am bummed that this is his last work with these characters. I haven’t received any news as of yet, but if the series does continue on with a different author, I am going to give the first offering a try because of the solid foundation Parker has laid down with the characters.
I have always enjoyed the interplay between Parker’s main characters. They say so much without literally saying much. Not easy to have done when the story is in written form, but Parker seemed to master it. All things Parker are amplified with Cole & Hitch. There are no bones about it. They are killers; they know it. They tell everyone that, and they go about their business. They have a set of rules posted outside where they work; you break them, you die. They take no pleasure in taking a life, it is just what they do and they do it the best in the west. Cole &Hitch feel they have no other skills except to do as they do.
Parker’s characters on the surface are very simple, but he gives them a depth and fundamental understanding of who and what they are that I thoroughly enjoy. If you have enjoyed the series thus far, or are looking for a good western, you should give this novel a go. What are some of your favorite westerns? Will you try a new Cole & Hitch vehicle if another author picks it up?
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