Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse (Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series #5)

Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse (Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch Series #5)

by Robert Knott

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Bullets and buckshot fly in this New York Times bestselling Cole and Hitch novel from Robert B. Parker.

Newly appointed as Territorial Marshals, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are traveling by train on a mission to escort Mexican prisoners to the border. But when the Governor of Texas climbs aboard with his wife, daughters, and $500,000 in tow, the journey becomes a lot more complicated. An old enemy—still carrying plenty of scars from the last time he saw Virgil—has hitched a ride. He’s not alone. And he’s got vengeance on his mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425267707
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Series: Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch Series , #5
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 123,982
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.

Robert Knott is an actor, writer, and producer. His extensive list of stage, television, and film credits include the feature film Appaloosa based on the Robert B. Parker novel, which he adapted and produced with actor and producer Ed Harris. This is his first novel.

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Ironhorse hits with the intensity of an eight-gauge shotgun blast… A rip-snorting tale full of sparse dialogue seasoned with wit as dry as an Oklahoma prairie wind and enough flying bullets and buckshot to fill a caboose... Virgil and Everett's fates are in excellent hands.”
Tulsa World

"Robert B. Parker's legion of fans will be thrilled with Ironhorse.  Robert Knott, co-writer of the screenplay for Appaloosa - Bob's remarkable western- has penned the next great saga featuring itinerant lawmen Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole.   Knott's new novel reads just like vintage Parker and the storyline crackles with all the excitement and humor of what is a perfect continuation of the Hitch/Cole series. Parker fans are going to love it!"                                                                                 —Ed Harris, Academy Award-nominated actor  
 Praise for the Cole-Hitch Series  
 “Parker’s rightly known best for his mysteries.  That’ll happen when you create one of mystery fiction’s most indelible characters – the Boston private detective Spenser….You read Parker because he could tell a story and make you care about his characters. Blue-Eyed Devil only hones Parker’s legacy as an ace storyteller, in any genre, to the end.”
                        — The Chicago Sun Times 
“Add Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch to all the great characters that Robert B. Parker created over the decades to give us enjoyment and entertainment.”
“Blue-Eyed Devil shines.…a page-turner of the first order, and updated western that feels as fresh as anything out there….Virgil Cole never misses, not when it matters. Parker didn’t either.”
                                                —The Boston Globe
“More shifting allegiances, moral dilemmas and characters capable of change than Virgil and Everett’s fans may be used to.” 
“Hitch and Cole, reminiscent of the steely eyed, soft-spoken lawmen Randolph Scott played in the movies, speak volumes to one another with a few words and a nod of the head.”
                                                            —Associated Press
“Excellent.”           —Kirkus
“Classic Parker—exciting, suspenseful, fast-moving and entertaining.”        —Publishers Weekly

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Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all I loved Appaloosa, both the book and the movie. I've read the other Cole and Hitch novels and generally liked them. I really liked the way Robert B. Parker's characters interacted with each other and the dialog. Ironhorse, as written by Robert Knott, is definitely NOT a Robert B. Parker novel. The characters have the same names but the writing, the dialog and the characterization is sorely lacking. Mr. Knott certainly tried to make the dialog snappy and rich but it just fell flat for me. This book reads like a cheap Made For TV western action movie. Overall I thought the book was OK but I have to say I was disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid fan of Robert Parker I am delighted over how wonderful a story-teller and writer his successor is. I'm riveted by the prose and enjoying every page. Congratulations to Robert Knott.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not up to Robert Parker's snuff.You can tell he didn't write this novel. Some of Virgil and Everetts dialogs are reminiscent of Parker but that's it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not up to the standards of previous Cole and Hitch novels. The dialogue suffered fom the lack of Parker's writing.
RCCnLA More than 1 year ago
My first exposure to Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch was when I randomly watched the movie "Appaloosa", and noted they were Robert B. Parker characters. Then, like a TV junkie, I ordered the rest of the Cole/ Hitch series and binge read them as short novels. They read like screenplays, fairly light on dialogue and long on the boys getting in and out of situations, always with that deadpan chat as background. Having Robert Knott pen the more recent ones has not hurt the franchise as Mr.Parker's style lends itself to "ghosting" by others who like him. It helps to know the sequence of the stories as occasional references are made to past events. All are good reads if you are a Robert B. Parker fan." Ironhorse" didn't dissappoint
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! No need to compare to Robert Parker. This book is excellent in its own right. Can't wait for the next one! Good job Robert Knott. And. thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful in continuing Virgil Cole Everett Hitch series, I would request to anyone who likes this books!
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The author co-wrote with Robert B. Parker the screenplay for the movie based on The Master’s last western, “Appaloosa”. So he obviously learned at the foot of the creator of Spenser, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, and Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. Short chapters, succinct dialogue and, obviously, a good tight plot. And, to a great extent, succeeds in re-creating it. Returning to Appaloosa by rail, the Marshal and his deputy are confronted by a great train robbery. It appears that the governor of Texas, traveling to Indian Territory with his wife and two daughters, is carrying $500,000 in cash for a business deal. The Pullman car and following wagons are decoupled from the forward cars and engine on a steep rise, allowing them to roll backward. Eventually, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch unhook the car they are in to give chase. And so begins the tale. While the writing comes close to the Parker style, the almost 400 pages seems a rather lengthy number for a typical Parker novel. And in attempting to emulate the Virgil-Everett conversations a la Parker: close but no cigar. Virgil is hardly a talkative character in previous novels, but in the present one is more voluble. Those comments notwithstanding, it is a well-told story, and is recommended.
00Hagen More than 1 year ago
Great Western with Virgil & Everent making White Smoke. Hagen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of those books you do not want to put down. I cant express enough how much I enjoyed reading this entertaining story. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Virgil and Everett ride again, this time on the Iron Horse. A rollicking good read, full of action and adventure. Don't miss it.
booksandwine More than 1 year ago
Robert Knott does a terrific job at the helm of this classic western series. Virgil and Everett are great characters I would love to see in a movie. Knott didn't have as much of the sharp tongued wittiness that Parker did, but it is still humorous and wildly entertaining.
frontman More than 1 year ago
I've now read three of the books written after Robert Parker's death, and though I liked them all, this was the only one that made feel like it was written by Parker himself. The others were good and showed promise, but Ironhorse got the dialogue right, the pacing, and the authentic, gritty feel of the originals. Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are just right, and I was very quickly lost in the story. In the Ace Atkins and Michael Brandman books, I was always conscious of the fact that these were not written by Parker. Not that they were bad, or I didn't enjoy them, it just didn't feel like the real thing. Not so with Ironhorse. Cole and Hitch have become two of my favorite fictional characters, and I am very relieved that the vision has not been lost or diluted. Can't wait for the next installment!
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Stevec50 More than 1 year ago
Recently appointed Marshals, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are escorting some prisoners to Mexico when the train they are on is taken over by bandits. They initially assume that it is a simple robbery and only later discover that the Governor of Texas and his family were aboard and they were the target. Cole & Hitch recognize some of the robbers from previous encounters and things go from bad to worse. Knott does a great job of bringing new stories of Parker's western heroes. There's a lot more Deadwood style language and sexual suggestion than you'd find in your average L'Amour novel, but Knott, like Parker is writing for a different age. I love the series and look forward to each addition.
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janis-Alderman More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was written by Robert B. Parker when I purchased it. It was a good read but I could tell by reading it that it was not written by Robert B. Parker. It did not have his usual comments between Everett and Virgil. I expected better. Sorry.
ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
This novel is definitely not up to the standard that the late Robert Parker set. However, it did still have a few good exchanges between Cole and Hitch and it had a few exciting moments. It just had too many slow points in the story and the ending just wasn't worth the wait. Wind down the series with one more book and give Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch a good send off.
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