Blue-eyed Devil by Robert B. Parker
Robert B. Parker is mostly known for his crime fiction, but his final novel published before his 2010 death was the fourth in a series of terrific westerns. Beginning with 2005’s Appaloosa, Parker’s richly detailed gunfighters Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch provide readers with a view of the American west, most easily associated with Clint Eastwood films. Blue-eyed Devil is no exception. Returning to the town of Appaloosa, Cole and Hitch set up shop in the town they once run, finding it overrun by a corrupt law man by the name of Callico and his gang of “deputies”. Cole and Hitch aren’t threatened much by Calico, or his gang, or by the son of a local rancher, who Virgil shoots when he’s called out to do just so. While working their way around Calico’s gang, Hitch and Cole find themselves up against both Calico and a group of renegade apaches who threaten to destroy the town of Appaloosa.