Book Review: ‘Blackjack’ Is A Good Old Fashion Western

Robert Knott continues the legacy of Robert B. Parker in the new novel Blackjack (in stores now). He brings the next chapter of the Cole/Hitch series.

My first time reading one of the books in the series was totally satisfying. A good old fashion western with great characters and a solid, vivid plot. The old west was somewhere I always dreamed of living and Robert Knott brings it to life once again.

Boston Bill is in the town of Appaloosa. He’s a player, has money and an ego to boost. A gambler and womanizer, no one usually says no to him and lives. When a mysterious stranger arrives in town and goes looking him trouble follows. The man is shot by one of Bill’s bodyguards (could be considered self defense), Bill and his men take off. Soon Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are on their trail. They finally catch up with him and bring him back

Word soon comes that Bill is also wanted for the brutal murder of a Denver woman. When the Denver authorities show up a trial is help in Appaloosa. Bill claims innocence and that he’s being framed. He’s found guilty and sentenced to hang. The more digging Virgil and Everett do, they think he may be innocent. Will they be able to save him before it’s too late?

Other story lines in play include Virgil’s half-brother showing up (and there really is no love loss) and Everett meets an alluring woman. Could she be the one?

If you haven’t read any of the other books in the series (no reason to worry like I said didn’t either) you can easily read this one with no problem. I do want to go back and read the other ones though as I really enjoyed this one!

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