Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Robert B. Parker's Iron Horse by Robert Knott

Virgil was sullen.

So begins another novel with a dead author as a part of the title, hook, plug, whatever, etc. We have a moody character to start things off. There's conflict implied as why else would Virgil be sullen, unless he's the original emo kid. The next line explores the sullenness of Virgil:

Other than "yep and "nope," he hadn't said much in the last few days.

Then we get some setting, nothing more than a GPS report really before Virgil breaks his silence with the first thing said:

"A good pointer don't run through a covey."

Whatever that means. Perhaps one needs to be a cowboy to understand. I can surmise the gist of it, so I'm happy I don't have to google it. If I'm mistaken and don't actually understand it, I don't mind. Virgil and the narrator go on to have a conversation about pointers and pragmatism until we come to the cusp of the situation: Virgil is in love.

Verdict: Fail

Rudy Globird

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