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  • "I'll have a pearl-handled revolver waiting in my drawer for the first civil servant who suggests another local government reorganisation."

    In a pickle over council mergers

  • The new chief is Amos Callico: a tall, fat man in a derby hat, wearing a star on his vest and a big pearl-handled Colt inside his coat.

    Blue-Eyed Devil by Robert B. Parker: Book summary

  • To pass Channel 4's head a pearl-handled revolver and give him a few moments alone to atone for the crime of putting this cynical commission on his schedules?

    My Big Fat Royal Gypsy Wedding and William and Kate: In Their Own Words

  • At age fifteen, she leaves home to teach in a frontier town, riding five hundred miles across New Mexico with nothing but her pony for company and her pearl-handled revolver for protection.

    Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls: Questions

  • The Texan holstered his pearl-handled .45 automatic and prepared to fly Mission 38.

    Whirlwind

  • I looked up, saw Teddy standing in the doorway of the trailer holding her dainty little pearl-handled .22 pistol.

    THE BOYS FROM SANTA CRUZ

  • Ceremoniously, he would open his favorite pocketknife, a pearl-handled antique Remington, of which he'd owned three different versions over the years, would press his thumb hard against the blade until a thin line of blood appeared and he was sure it was sharp enough.

    The Secret of Healers and Monsters

  • Van Niekerk selected a pearl-handled Colt and a leather hip holster from the munitions buffet.

    Let The Dead Lie

  • I like to imagine it as a scene from Lethal Weapon 2 with the Queen in the Danny Glover role, pointing a pearl-handled letter opener at the fat Griffin head and announcing: "It's just been revoked".

    This week: Conrad Black, Nick Griffin and Keith Chegwin

  • Philip French, Observer film criticAs a western-obsessed four-year-old child 70-odd years ago, wearing my cardboard Stetson, sporting my sheriff's star and twirling my pearl-handled six-shooter, I would have been overwhelmed by and surely addicted to Red Dead Redemption, which has now been my belated introduction to video games.

    Will this game bring out the cowboy in us all?

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