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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 and 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 the New York Times bestsellers Robert B. Parker's The Bridge, Robert B. Parker's Bull River, and Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse. 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews

"Knott . . . adds a new wrinkle here with a damn fine mystery running parallel to the western story. . . . Fine reading for western fans." --Booklist

"This is the most satisfying of Knott's Cole-Hitch tales, with a shocking double-twist ending." --The Sacramento Bee "Westerns need atmosphere as much as story, and Knott has a knack for six-gun verisimilitude, sketching the land and summer heat, the horses and the shopkeepers. Knott's especially good with the prototypical Old West marshal, Virgil Cole, 'perfectly present in the here and now, ' every inch stoic lawman. . . . His tale gallops along without confusing readers new to the series . . . A darn good way to pass an afternoon." --Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR ROBERT B. PARKER'S WESTERNS

"Knott's third shot at re-creating the Cole-Hitch partnership is by far the
best....There is also a very clever mystery mixed in, and the Seraphine subplot adds a Twilight Zone finish to an extraordinarily entertaining novel."--Booklist

"Fans of the late Robert B. Parker's best-selling novels about territorial marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch will be delighted to discover a new adventure written by famed author Robert Knott, who also penned the earlier series entry Ironhorse. In The Bridge, the duo investigates a strange disappearance and gets some unlikely help from a fortune teller."--Cowboys and Indians Magazine "Rapid-fire dialogue and quick-paced action...a must read." --Historical Novels Review "For fans of the late Parker, this book is a refreshing reunion with these cowboy characters who choose their words and situations most carefully...much to enjoy."--Deseret News "Knott has no trouble cooking up larger-than-life characters to populate the books."
-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram "A welcome second edition to the return of these delightful western characters."
--The Oklahoman "Clever detective work and considerable shooting...it reads lightning fast...suspenseful."
--Booklist

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