Brimstone (Compact Disc)
Random House Audio, 9780739382950, 4pp.
Publication Date: June 2, 2009
When we last saw Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole, they had just put things to right in the rough-and-tumble Old West town of Resolution. It’s now a year later, and Virgil has only one thing on his mind: Allie French, the woman who stole his heart during their days in Appaloosa.
Making their way across New Mexico and Texas, the pair finally locate Allie in a small-town brothel, her body and spirit crushed. Together the three head north to start over in Brimstone. But things are no longer the same between Virgil and Allie; too much has happened, and Virgil can’t face what Allie did to get by during the year they were apart. Allie vows to change, and seeks redemption through the local church and its charismatic leader, Brother Percival. Allie is not alone in her devotion to the hellfire-and-damnation spouting minister, whose sermons have enthralled the townspeople. Percival is quick with the collection plate–and quick to want Allie for his own. Everett and Virgil easily secure positions as the town’s deputies, thanks to their gun-for-hire reputations. Their authority is immediately challenged when Brother Percival stirs up trouble at local saloons. Violence escalates into murder as Virgil and Everett struggle to keep the peace–and keep Allie from harm’s way.