Saturday, January 17, 2015

ROBERT B. PARKER'S THE BRIDGE by Robert Knott Audio Edition

The estate of the much missed Robert B. Parker asked actor, writer, producer Robert Knott to carry on the exciting tales of itinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, and as The Bridge illustrates there couldn’t be a better choice.

The story opens with Virgil and Everett back in Appaloosa where things have been unnaturally quiet.  You know what they say about the quiet before the storm and, yes, a dark storm suddenly appears bringing with it a crafty scheme to be executed by a bunch of night riders.  These unwelcome visitors appear at the Rio Blanco camp where a 300 foot bridge is under construction.  The first to look into the intruders are Appaloosa Sheriff Sledge Driskill and his deputies.  The weather worsens and the Sheriff and his deputies vanish.

Virgil and Everett are about to investigate what’s going on at Rio Blanco camp when Beauregard Beauchamp arrives in town with his Theatrical Extravaganza which includes a mysterious fortune-teller who has Everett’s best interests at heart.  As if the missing lawmen, a theatrical troupe weren’t enough a gang of disreputable soldiers appear bringing with them even more trouble.

Every once in a while the narrator of an audio book seems pitch perfect in every way - that’s the case with film and television actor Rex Linn who delivers a bang-up narration.


- Gail Cooke

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