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 Blackjack, 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.
"Knott nails the terse, wise-guy dialogue....Just damngood reading and painfully suspenseful."--Booklist "Robert Knott knows how to create atmospheric scenes...the key ingredient in a great western thriller."--Mystery Tribune"A classic plot and plenty of 8-gauge shotgun showdowns best enjoyed by those who've followed Cole and Hitch's previous adventures."--Kirkus Reviews "Rapid-fire dialogue and quick-paced action." -Historical Novels Review Praise for Robert B. Parker's Blackjack"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