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  • Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, Book 2
  • By: Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Resolution

By: Robert B. Parker
Narrated by: Titus Welliver
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Summary

The New York Times best-selling author's richly imagined work of historical fiction: a powerful tale of the Old West from the acknowledged master of crime fiction.

"I had an eight-gauge shotgun that I'd taken with me when I left Wells Fargo. It didn't take too long for things to develop. I sat in the tall lookout chair in the back of the saloon with the shotgun in my lap for two peaceful nights. On my third night it was different. I could almost smell trouble beginning to cook."

After the bloody confrontation in Appaloosa, Everett Hitch heads into the afternoon sun and ends up in Resolution, an Old West town so new the dust has yet to settle. It's the kind of town that doesn't have much in the way of commerce, except for a handful of saloons and some houses of ill repute.

Hitch takes a job as a lookout at Amos Wolfson's Blackfoot Saloon and quickly establishes his position as protector of the ladies who work the back rooms - as well as a man unafraid to stand up to the enforcer sent down from the O'Malley copper mine.

Though Hitch makes short work of hired gun Koy Wickman, tensions continue to mount, so that even the self-assured Hitch is relieved by the arrival in town of his friend, Virgil Cole. When greedy mine owner Eamon O'Malley threatens the loose coalition of local ranchers and starts buying up Resolution's few businesses, Hitch and Cole find themselves in the middle of a makeshift war between O'Malley's men and the ranchers.

In a place where law and order don't exist, Hitch and Cole must make their own, guided by their sense of duty, honor, and friendship.

©2008 Robert B. Parker (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

Critic reviews

"The most memorable Western heroes since Larry McMurtry's...Lonesome Dove." (Associated Press) 

"A sparse, bullet-riddled rumination on law and order." (Publishers Weekly)    

"A pure pleasure to read." (Library Journal)  

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How I wish all the Westerns I saw as a kid were

This is the second instalment of the series, so if you haven’t caught on and liked it yet you probably won’t. I love the fact that these guys talk and act and feel all the human emotions & not just one-sided stereotypes . They behave as real people. Titus does a fantastic job of reading the book.

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Great story and rendition

Robert B Parker's characters are brought to life superbly by Titus Welliver. Excellent western story.

Great listen.

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Excellent narration, for an excellent story.

Excellent narration, for an excellent story.

One of the best western series I've had the pleasure to read. I read the first five, in paperback many years ago, but decided to read them again in audio. I'm so glad I did, I finished book 1- Appaloosa, went straight onto book two, and now on my way to download the third in the series.

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  • Jacko45
  • 28-11-08

Rootin, Tootin, Shootin!

A real old time gunslinger story with plenty of goodies, baddies, saloon girls, whiskey and, above all, the dry quip. Uh huh! Yep! There were many "I said" followed by "He Said" statements which should have been edited out as they are obvious from the character voices but overall it is a good narration. Light and enjoyable.

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  • Ed
  • 05-10-09

"He said" too much

Within the first few minutes of this audio book the author said, "He said" so many times it took away from the story line - My gosh it was irritating... it got to a point where I was turned off from the rest of the book - what a waste of money....

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  • JW
  • 22-06-09

It may be a good read, but it's a lousy listen

I downloaded this book for my husband who likes all things western. We couldn't get past the first chapter. The dialogue is short and the narrator, (rather than assuming we understand who's speaking) insists on letting us know who just said the last 2 words. In a long spate of dialogue, it's just plain annoying. Perhaps the book would be better served if it was dramatized. I will NOT be reading the next book in the trilogy.

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  • David M. Jones
  • 16-01-18

Great narrator great story.

If you like western, you will love Resolution. But the best part is Titus's narration. It's definitely something that will make your commute fly bye.

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  • Michael A.
  • 24-04-15

Resolution is even better than Appaloosa!

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Every thing I wrote on Appaloosa is true of Resolution, too, except Resolution is even better. Tightly written. Fast paced. Interesting characters. You will immediately go buy the 2 other westerns in this series that Robert Parker wrote himself - if for no other reason than Titus Welliver's narration. He makes it real. You can see the landscape, the town, the people. You can smell the gun smoke after all the shooting is done - and there are a lot of gunfights.

Listen to these novels - don't read them. You will be glad you did. Now downloading Brimstone!

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  • Fred271
  • 04-10-22

A solid story

I'm not sure how easily a reader of Parker's mystery stories would have identified him as the author of Appaloosa, given a blind test. This is is more recognizably Parker, but different in some good ways.

The early Spenser novels centered around nonstandard moral approaches to messy problems. Same here, but it's more explicit about why that's logical. Both Cole and Hitch have considered themselves bound to various frameworks, and it becomes evident that's a problem. Cole adhered to the law, and in Appaloosa the only way to find a resolution is for Hitch to break it. Hitch doesn't care about the law, but he does feel an obligation to do what he's hired to do.

So law, and a sense of honor, aren't sufficient. Out here, as Cole and Hitch know, there's nothing principled about who gets to make the law, or what the law is, or how it's enforced, and in this story Hitch's ethics about employment directly conflict with morality. They get past that because they're strongly defined as individuals.. But, as Cole worries, what does that leave? They just get to do what they do because they know how to use their guns. What gives them the right?

And it's a legitimate question. We've seen Cole beat up an innocent bystander because he was in that kind of mood. He been sticking with the law because he knew he needed the structure. He has to figure out who is is without it.

Here, at least, it comes down to individual decency, which Cole and Hitch do have, their loyalty to each other being one example. For Parker that's tied partly to masculinity, which he defines in a positive way. A guy beats his wife? That's not a real man. See Spenser for details, particularly Looking for Rachel Wallace.

That might make this sound drier and more programmatic than it actually is. It's a good story, more down to earth and uncensored than the Spenser novels, and I enjoyed it a lot. A story isn't just a string of incidents, and the character development and moral questioning are part of what gives this one meaning.

A minor quibble. At one point there are two opposing forces, one uphill, the other down, with a man going out to meet the downhill force. Somebody who's uphill determines that a bush on the hill is inside his rifle range, so he figures that the man will be safe if he reaches the bush. What's wrong with that picture?

I can't imagine anyone performing this better than Titus Welliver does here.

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  • Jim Whitney
  • 23-08-22

great book

like all the others in this series very good books all the way through

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  • badguybuster
  • 11-03-21

Pretty good

These are so much better than the later books by knotts and this narrator is better as well

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  • Norman D. Harrison
  • 23-10-20

loved it.

great western, esp with town bar, women, & whiskey.
already listened to it twice & will listen again some day.

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  • D. Smith
  • 19-05-18

Bare Bones story

listen to this sequel after watching Appaloosa, the movie with Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen. my son and I enjoyed the movie, but I had to finish this audio without him as it was too coarse. very little plot development, just very basic dialogue in a paper thin plot. Probably won't be listening to any of the subsequent books in the series. Too bad...