Cole & Hitch: The rebirth of the metaphysical western

Posted: February 6, 2015 by Ty in New Thought Journal
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First off, I must admit I have been a Robert B. Parker fan, since the Spenser for Hire television series. I have read everything he has written (all 70 plus books) and even though the writers that took over Jesse Stone and Spenser aren’t there yet I continue to pick these series up from the library because of the glimmer of the familiar. For those who have not had the pleasure of experiencing the works of the Dean of the American Mystery, it is part mystery, part action, part philosophy, part psychology, and highly character driven. Whether on screen with Spenser t.v. or movies, Jesse Stone Movies or the Appaloosa feature film or any of the books, it is the characters that bring you to a Parker story.

After his passing, Robert Knott (involved with the Appaloosa movie) took over writing chores on Cole & Hitch. It is a western series that Parker created, he wrote four of the novels, and Knott so far has added three more. It is the story of two gun hands Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. They start out as being hired law in Appaloosa, move on to being circuitous aiders of justice in various towns (Brimstone & Resolution) before coming back to Appaloosa and eventually becoming territorial marshals.

The stories under current is what is law, but more profoundly examining what is justice? The system of defining right and wrong, but walking under that journey is the ability to define morality, relationship and love. Yes love. The love story within this is centered on the character of Allie. A woman of the times reflected on behaviours for survival. The survival mode of using men, but also a relationship growing with Cole and her, and what it means to love and forgive. With Hitch a relationship also blossoms.

The story also speaks to what is family? As things progress, an adoptive teenage daughter comes into part of the journey, and looks to what redemption family brings to a person’s soul with Laurel, and then there is Pony, a mixed-blood Aboriginal, and his personal struggles between the world’s he straddles.

These are stories that speak to more than just a shoot `em up western. Although gun play is an integral part, and one where the characters speak to the times, the purpose, and the effects of such actions.

So are you a fan of westerns? Or simply a fan of the metaphor of life? The high questions of morality, life and relationships. A way into the dialogue and discussion of the unity of Spirit that permeates everything and everything exists within.

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