Hugger Mugger
ISBN: 0425179559
EAN13: 9780425179550
Language: English
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 6.7" L x 4.1" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound


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It's easy to see why Parker's snappy banter and cynical eye have kept fans turning pages for 25 years . . . his wisecracks, combined with Parker's shorthand flair for scathing characterization, make for a satisfying read, said Entertainment Weekly of last year's Hush Money. Now Parker presents Spenser with a deceptively dangerous and multi-layered case: Someone has been killing racehorses at stables across the south, and the Boston P.I. travels to Georgia to protect the two-year-old destined to become the next Secretariat.

When Spenser is approached by Walter Clive, president of Three Fillies Stables, to find out who is threatening his horse Hugger Mugger, he can hardly say no: He's been doing pro bono work for so long his cupboards are just about bare. Disregarding the resentment of the local Georgia law enforcement, Spenser takes the case. Though Clive has hired a separate security firm, he wants someone with Spenser's experience to supervise the operation.

Despite a veneer of civility, Spenser encounters tensions beneath the surface southern gentility. The case takes an even more deadly turn when the attacker claims a human victim, and Spenser must revise his impressions of the whole Three Fillies organization--and watch his own back as well.

With razor-sharp dialogue, eloquently spare prose, and some of the best supporting characters to grace the printed page, Hugger Mugger is grand entertainment.

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   A mite disappointing.
What should I say? The murder was unsolved at the end of the storyline, leaving us wondering who the real killer was. I don't want to sound rude, but I suppose this leaves something for the readers to discuss. I'm an old farm boy, so I'm used to gutter language, but I believe Mr. Parker's use of the word is carried to excess in most of the Spenser series.
   Quick and entertaining
The television series Spencer for Hire gave me my first glimpse of the Spencer character. It was fun to get a better picture of Spencer. He is more complex and sexy in the book than on tv. His sense of humor is better and he and Susan have great banter. The story of Spencer's investigation of horse shootings was predictable in that there were no extraordinary feats of daring, no complicated codes to decipher or international trails to follow. It was a straight- forward, whodunit. It lasted as long as a made for tv movie, but with no commercial interruption. I plan to read more of his books.
   Compelling mystery, unresolved ending
Among the horsey set, Spencer is down in Georgia. The prize racehorse Hugger Mugger is being threatened by someone who is shooting the horses of William Clive. Thrown into the mix are the members of the Clive family, a weird and sexy group of people. The squire is no longer alive. Spenser is investigating. Most of the family's secrets are not good. Spenser has no proof that the killers are dead. The book ends with no resolution.
   The worst ending I've read (by Parker)
An enjoyable read in its change to Georgia, the Southern horsey set and plenty of Southern sex in the spirit of Tenn. Williams. Despite a hopelessly complicated plot and outsized cast of characters, Parker keeps things moving along. The screen doesn't work. Not an epilogue at all. The end of the Sopranos is similar. The book didn't have Pearl and Susan was not as annoying as she can be.
   Second time around the paddock is better
I admire all of Robert B. Parker's work, and am currently reading the entire oeuvre for the second time. In his usual elegant way he tells a wonderful story about Hugger Mugger. I enjoyed this book more the second time I read it.