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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author's richly imagined work of historical fiction: a powerful tale of the Old West from the acknowledged master of crime fiction.

"I had an eight-gauge shotgun that I'd taken with me when I left Wells Fargo. It didn't take too long for things to develop. I sat in the tall lookout chair in the back of the saloon with the shotgun in my lap for two peaceful nights. On my third night it was different. I could almost smell trouble beginning to cook."

After the bloody confrontation in Appaloosa, Everett Hitch heads into the afternoon sun and ends up in Resolution, an Old West town so new the dust has yet to settle. It's the kind of town that doesn't have much in the way of commerce, except for a handful of saloons and some houses of ill repute.

Hitch takes a job as a lookout at Amos Wolfson's Blackfoot Saloon and quickly establishes his position as protector of the ladies who work the back rooms - as well as a man unafraid to stand up to the enforcer sent down from the O'Malley copper mine.

Though Hitch makes short work of hired gun Koy Wickman, tensions continue to mount, so that even the self-assured Hitch is relieved by the arrival in town of his friend, Virgil Cole. When greedy mine owner Eamon O'Malley threatens the loose coalition of local ranchers and starts buying up Resolution's few businesses, Hitch and Cole find themselves in the middle of a makeshift war between O'Malley's men and the ranchers.

In a place where law and order don't exist, Hitch and Cole must make their own, guided by their sense of duty, honor, and friendship.

©2008 Robert B. Parker (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The most memorable Western heroes since Larry McMurtry's...Lonesome Dove." (Associated Press) 

"A sparse, bullet-riddled rumination on law and order." (Publishers Weekly)    

"A pure pleasure to read." (Library Journal)  

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Rootin, Tootin, Shootin!

A real old time gunslinger story with plenty of goodies, baddies, saloon girls, whiskey and, above all, the dry quip. Uh huh! Yep! There were many "I said" followed by "He Said" statements which should have been edited out as they are obvious from the character voices but overall it is a good narration. Light and enjoyable.

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Resolution is even better than Appaloosa!

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Every thing I wrote on Appaloosa is true of Resolution, too, except Resolution is even better. Tightly written. Fast paced. Interesting characters. You will immediately go buy the 2 other westerns in this series that Robert Parker wrote himself - if for no other reason than Titus Welliver's narration. He makes it real. You can see the landscape, the town, the people. You can smell the gun smoke after all the shooting is done - and there are a lot of gunfights.

Listen to these novels - don't read them. You will be glad you did. Now downloading Brimstone!

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Pretty good

These are so much better than the later books by knotts and this narrator is better as well

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loved it.

great western, esp with town bar, women, & whiskey.
already listened to it twice & will listen again some day.

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Bare Bones story

listen to this sequel after watching Appaloosa, the movie with Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen. my son and I enjoyed the movie, but I had to finish this audio without him as it was too coarse. very little plot development, just very basic dialogue in a paper thin plot. Probably won't be listening to any of the subsequent books in the series. Too bad...

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Great narrator great story.

If you like western, you will love Resolution. But the best part is Titus's narration. It's definitely something that will make your commute fly bye.

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Great book wrong narrator

Where does Resolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great book the narrator is terrible everything is "he said", "she said" very monotone...should have used George Guidel instead

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Terrible monitor almost not able to listen

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Exciting

Action start to finish. Fun to participate in Cole and Hitch's escapades. Well acted and a joy to listen in on their interaction.

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A great addition to the series.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. If you like listening to westerns, this series is a great one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Resolution?

The training of the new guys.

Which scene was your favorite?

Everett being the helpful one of all the ladies.

Who was the most memorable character of Resolution and why?

Billie. The hurtful ladies in business.

Any additional comments?

I love the series. I hope they don't stop.

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  • 11-26-21

Great story and rendition

Robert B Parker's characters are brought to life superbly by Titus Welliver. Excellent western story.

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  • 12-03-17

Excellent narration, for an excellent story.

Excellent narration, for an excellent story.

One of the best western series I've had the pleasure to read. I read the first five, in paperback many years ago, but decided to read them again in audio. I'm so glad I did, I finished book 1- Appaloosa, went straight onto book two, and now on my way to download the third in the series.

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  • 01-15-22

Good low-key Western

I recommend watching the film adaptation of Appaloosa before this, whether or not you also read the source novel. This sequel similarly has all the elements you’d expect in a Western, including a considerable body count, but other aspects remain unpredictable partly due to not being afraid to include the occasional anticlimax. Knowing that not every Chekov’s gun is necessarily going to end up used in a quick-draw duel adds an element of realism in my opinion.

Dramatic elements tend to be underplayed in keeping with the personalities of the primary characters, who remain interesting and likeable. I liked the dialogue a lot but disappointingly cursing is largely restricted to the limited and repetitive modern range of popular swear words. The ‘said’s also get repetitive as mentioned in another review, but it’s not too hard to ignore.

You could argue that the plot is in some ways remixed from Red Harvest, but at least it is thoroughly remixed here, not just an imitation. If you want to spend some time with stoic gunfighters in the old West this is a great way to do it.