A New York Times Bestselling SeriesWhen gold is discovered in the foothills just outside of Appaloosa, it sets off a fight between two shrewd local business operations as their hired gun hands square off over the claim. First a young miner disappears, then another. And then one of the businessmen himself is killed, right on his front doorstep.Meanwhile, as Cole and Hitch try to put a stop to the escalating violence, another killer is making his way toward town in pursuit of a long-lost dream, and a mission of vengeance. Cole and Hitch will have their work cut out for them to keep the peace, especially when all these ruffians converge at the huge Appaloosa Days festival, where hundreds of innocent souls might get caught in the crossfire . . .
"Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are still the town marshals in the thriving western community of Appaloosa. Allie, Virgil's significant other, owns a dress shop and is the driving force behind the upcoming Appaloosa Days celebration. But before the festivities can take place, Cole and Hitch must deal with escalating tensions over a nearby gold strike that has two townsfolk squabbling over the rights to the other's claim. Inevitably, the bluster turns to violence, and the two men involved in the feud hire gunslingers. Meanwhile, the wife of a teamster has a score to settle with Cole and is plotting revenge. Between the vengeful woman and the rival hired guns, the Appaloosa Days fireworks could turn out to be quite a bit different than the ones Allie is planning. Knott ups his game with every entry he contributes to the Cole-Hitch series. The dialogue is sharper, the plotting more complex, and Knott is mastering Parker's spare style. Very entertaining reading for western fans.--Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Knott's sixth western featuring U.S. Marshal Virgil Cole and Deputy Marshal Everett Hitch (after 2017's Revelation) successfully evokes the spirit of Parker's originals. Virgil and Everett find themselves in harm's way when a feud breaks out between two groups with conflicting claims about a gold discovery near the frontier city of Appaloosa. Half was found on land owned by the Baptiste Group, a consortium of businessmen, and half on land that the group sold a year before to two Irish ranchers, the McCormick brothers. Experiencing sellers' remorse, Henri Baptiste hired gunmen to intimidate the McCormicks, who then retained their own. The fraught situation becomes more so after one of the McCormicks' miners goes missing. Meanwhile, Knott foreshadows more violence in a subplot tracing the journey toward Appaloosa by an unnamed youth, introduced escaping from the cell where he was being held on murder charges by using a sharpened spoon to kill his jailer. Witty, laconic byplay between the leads, which effectively leavens the grimness of the series' bloody backdrop, will remind many of Parker's better-known Spenser books. Parker fans will hope for a lot more of the same from Knott. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."