Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Good times never were so good

The late Robert Parker has given the reader two Texas lawmen reminiscent of Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae of  "Lonesome Dove."

Virgil Cole and Everett Hatch search for a young woman who has captured Virgil's heart. They are searching in the towns along the Rio Grande. When they find the girl, she has sunk to being a whore in a run down bar.

The men rescue the girl and travel to Brimstone, Texas. This is a town that is growing due to the railroad and the cattle business.

 Based on their reputation as lawmen in other towns, the sheriff gives them a job as deputies.

They encounter a former bandit who has opened a high scale bar and a preacher who preaches militant Christianity.

I enjoyed the story and observing the ongoing clash between the bar owner and preacher.

Parker does a good job in describing his characters and the Texas setting.


2 comments:

Heather said...

When would this book have been set? I'm not all that familiar with the history of that area so my guess could be off by a long shot.

Michael Draper said...

Seems like the setting was in the 1800s. They don't say but since it discusses the railroad coming to southern Texas towns, that would be my estimation.
Mike

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