Hugger Mugger by Robert B. Parker
A Spenser Novel

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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.
 

About Robert B. Parker

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Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, Parker died in January 2010.
 
Published June 1, 2001 by Berkley. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Crime. Fiction

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Feeling somewhat out of his element, Spenser nevertheless hires on when Walter Clive, president of Three Fillies Stables, offers him this horse-watching gig.

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But Spenser is the focus of the books, and, as Parker has commented, he will continue to write his novels of the Boston-based Spenser as long as people want to read them.

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Entertainment Weekly

And while Kelley's work is wildly uneven, Parker's remains remarkably consistent, as evidenced by his 27th Spenser book, the just-published Hugger Mugger, as well as his first Sunny Randall mystery, Family Honor, and his second Jesse Stone novel, Trouble in Paradise.

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