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Hugger Mugger | [Robert B. Parker]

Hugger Mugger

Somebody is shooting horses at Walter Clive's Three Fillies Stables, and Clive has hired Spenser to find out who before they claim the life of champion two-year-old Hugger Mugger. Amid unsightly family secrets, crooked security guards, an apathetic sheriff's deputy, and a jockey the size of a ham sandwich, Spenser's case takes a deadly turn when the attacker claims a human victim - and Spenser could be next.
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Publisher's Summary

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 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. And Spenser can't help being intrigued by Clive's daughter, Penny - one of the Three Fillies - who has an insider's knowledge of the horse world, a deceptively charming air, and a great pair of legs herself.

Despite the veneer of civility, there are tensions beneath the surface Southern gentility. The rest of the Clive family isn't exactly thrilled with Spenser's presence, the security chief has made it clear he'll take orders from no one, and the local sheriff's deputy seems content to sit back and wait for another attack. But the case takes a deadly turn when the attacker claims a human victim, and Spenser must revise his take on the whole Three Fillies organization - and watch his own back as well.

©2000 Robert B. Parker; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.

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  • Nominee for Audio Publishers Association 2001 Audie Award, Mystery, Fiction

"...Moves along at a fast and entertaining clip." (Book)

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    Jack Brisbane QLDAustralia 06-04-05
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    "Really good listen"

    I'd previously listened to Robert Parker's "Potshot" and enjoyed it. This book has the same mix of old style private eye, tough guy, glamorous and intelligent girlfriend, sexual references etc and it all works - and works well. The narration is first class and fits the character of the book; the plot gets you in and is well developed. I really enjoyed this listen and recommend it to others who want a light and stimulating thriller / detective story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Georganne Glocester, RI, USA 06-12-05
    Georganne Glocester, RI, USA 06-12-05
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    "questionable at first"

    I thought I was going to dislike the audio at first. The use of "I said","he said","she said" was off the scale! But I actually got used to it very quickly and totally enjoyed the book. I will read another by this author and reader-I think I'm hooked!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 06-25-12
    Richard Delman San Francisco 06-25-12 Member Since 2006

    65 y/o father of two sons. Married 25 yrs. Audible member for 8 yrs. I can hardly read books with my eyes any more. I love reviewing.

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    "Spenser sees the South."

    Robert B. Parker is a master at what he does (or did), and Joe Mantegna is likewise a master of what he still does, thank goodness. This book takes Spenser to Lamar, Georgia, where he gets immersed in a murder whodunit and also gets a large dose of Southern Hospitality, something of an oxymoron. The plot moves along nicely, and once again Parker throws red herring after red herring. You just cannot guess the ending, and I won't divulge it. The story revolves around a horse breeding and racing operation, three sisters who have vastly different life stories, despite having one horrendous trauma in common, again a thing which I will let Joe Mantegna tell you. Mantegna is truly a gifted actor, and a marvelous audiobook narrator. The change of climate from Spenser's hometown, Boston, is a welcome diversion from the usual Parker yarn. He gets to pine away for Susan Silverman, which adds some poignance to the story. Readers of Parker will recognize that this is not his absolutely finest material, but better-than-average Parker is a bar which many other whodunit authors would kill to reach.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-02-10
    Robert Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-02-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Even Better than the Book!"

    I have always loved Parker's Spenser books, for the fast moving story, fun characters, and snappy dialogue. A new Spenser book is like catching up with old friends! Mantegna is so wonderful at the narration that I no longer want to read them. I'd rather listen! His nuanced performance and perfect timing increases my enjoyment to the point that I simply can't match it in my head. If you like the genre you simply can't go wrong with a Master like Parker.

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    Jocelyn Nashville, TN, USA 09-09-04
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    "Trite and predictable..."

    Unengaging storyline and irritating narration

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    Leticia A Olivarez Austin, TX United States 10-19-06
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    "Couldn't get through it"

    I agree- the "he said, she said" was too much. The book itself was good - like Spencer character. The audio was awful - single reader, deep voice imitating Georgia women BADLY. I had to stop 1/2 way through and buy the book.

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    All these Spenser books are the same but that is what you want and there is always a good story. Personally I find Susan a bit tedious, but that may be just me. Joe Mantegna is the perfect reader for this.

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