This is the same Robert Parker who wrote the Spenser detective series. this is a western not a detective story.
There is a distinct similarity between Everett Hicks and Spenser as to personality and repartee. Hicks relationship with Virgil Cole bears a striking similarity to the relationship Spenser shared with Hawk. Despite the similarities I still really enjoyed the story. it is a stereotypical western theme of greed and corruption. A town needs cleaned up and Hicks and Cole tackle the job with some unlikely allies.
This is a very quick read so if you are going to the beach take an extra book.
Web Site: http://www.robertbparker.net/
Here is an interesting article about who is writing the books that still have Robert Parker's name on them.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.