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Robert B. Parker's Buckskin
By (author): Robert Knott
9780735218277 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Westerns May 07, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.28 x 9.29 x 1.27 in 336 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
Lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch must prevent all-out war between rival factions in the latest adventure in the New York Times-bestselling series.

When 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…

Story Locale: Appaloosa, 1800s

Series Overview: The Robert B. Parker westerns featuring itinerant lawmen Everett Cole and Virgil Hitch, called “the most memorable Western heroes since Larry McMurty’s Lonesome Dove” (Associated Press).

THIS IS THE TENTH COLE-HITCH WESTERN, and Robert Knott has proven he is supremely qualified to carry on the series. He cowrote the screenplay (with actor/director Ed Harris) for the big-screen adaptation of Appaloosa, based on Robert B. Parker’s novel, and coproduced the movie as well.

A THIRD-GENERATION ACTOR, writer, and producer, Knott descended from colorful cowboy stock—his grandparents had a traveling tent show that followed the wheat harvest throughout the West. When the show closed, his family settled in Oklahoma, where he was born and raised.

THE OLD WEST may run through Knott’s veins, but he’s a seasoned Hollywood veteran. Plus, he writes like a dream, and his attention to every detail of history, weaponry, and language is spot-on.

WESTERNS have been experiencing a resurgence in popularity. From HBO’s newest hit TV show Westworld to Craig Johnson’s Longmire featured on A+E, the Western is at the forefront of today’s pop culture.

THE ROBERT B. PARKER BRAND REMAINS STRONG even after Parker’s passing—with more than fifteen new coauthored titles across the three series selling more than a million copies since his passing.

STRONG ONLINE COMMUNITY: The Robert B. Parker Facebook page is a treasure trove of Robert B. Parker correspondence, photos, current media updates, and insider information, and is a place for fans to meet and talk about their favorite books and characters. Reader feedback has been outstanding.

PARKER’S POPULARITY REMAINS UNDIMINISHED: The successful continuation of the Spenser and Jesse Stone series shows fans are still rabid for Parker’s characters, and the great reviews prove we’ve got all the right writers to carry on his name.

Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Police 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, as well as the author of Robert B. Parker’s Revelation, Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack, Robert B. Parker’s The Bridge,and more. 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.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

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“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.”—Booklist

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