Hugger Mugger

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2001 - Fiction - 352 pages
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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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I wasn't excited about the ending, but everything else was - as usual - highly entertaining. Joe Mantegna is the audiobook voice; I have a problem now seeing him on television because I identify his ... Read full review

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Another wonderful tale by Parker. Someone's shooting horses ... or is that just a diversion? Great dialogue, great characters. Irreverent, but take it or leave it. Read full review

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Contents

ONE
1
TWO
8
THREE
11
FOUR
18
FIVE
26
SIX
32
SEVEN
37
EIGHT
42
THIRTYONE
167
THIRTYTWO
171
THIRTYTHREE
179
THIRTYFOUR
185
THIRTYFIVE
189
THIRTYSIX
193
THIRTYSEVEN
200
THIRTYEIGHT
204

NINE
51
TEN
56
ELEVEN
61
TWELVE
67
THIRTEEN
71
FOURTEEN
76
FIFTEEN
81
SIXTEEN
89
SEVENTEEN
97
EIGHTEEN
102
NINETEEN
106
TWENTY
111
TWENTYONE
115
TWENTYTWO
119
TWENTYTHREE
124
TWENTYFOUR
130
TWENTYFIVE
137
TWENTYSIX
142
TWENTYSEVEN
145
TWENTYEIGHT
152
TWENTYNINE
157
THIRTY
163
THIRTYNINE
212
FORTY
218
FORTYONE
222
FORTYTWO
226
FORTYTHREE
231
FORTYFOUR
235
FORTYFIVE
240
FORTYSIX
245
FORTYSEVEN
250
FORTYEIGHT
258
FORTYNINE
261
FIFTY
265
FIFTYONE
271
FIFTYTWO
276
FIFTYTHREE
283
FIFTYFOUR
292
FIFTYFIVE
297
FIFTYSIX
301
FIFTYSEVEN
308
FIFTYEIGHT
316
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Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

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