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Hugger Mugger (The Spenser Series) [Kindle Edition]

Robert B Parker
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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When Spenser, private investigator, is approached by Walter Clive, president of Three Fillies Stables, to find out who is threatening is two-year-old horse Hugger Mugger, he cannot say no. Then the case takes a more deadly turn when the attacker claims a human victim.

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Spenser is back and embroiled in 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 the 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 the 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 Three Fillies organization - and watch his own back as well.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 371 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425179559
  • Publisher: No Exit Press (26 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843441659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843441656
  • ASIN: B00C8X750A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Parker can do better... 29 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Robert B. Parker's latest Spenser thriller sees him investigating the shootings of several horses in Georgia. As usual, he encounters many unpleasant characters with secrets to hide and corruption is never far away.
As always Hugger Mugger is well written with a tight plot which is an entertaining read. It doesn't really offer anything new to the Spenser series though and Hawk is noticeably absent. It's good but it lacks the sparkle that made books like 'Small Vices' and 'Night Passage' so good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Role Reversals! 4 Sep 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Spenser is hired to find out who is shooting at horses at the thoroughbred stables of Walter Clive, The Three Fillies (named for his three daughters). He's not excited about the assignment, but he needs the money. Traveling to rural Georgia, he meets Hugger Mugger (a 2 year old who is potentially the next Secretariat) and the screwiest bunch of people in the South since Faulkner stopped writing about strange Southern families. Spenser makes no progress, someone is killed, and Spenser is fired.
In the next scene he is back in Boston taking a case to get rid of a nanny's stalker for the mother of the child the nanny cares for. The real problem is much different than what it seems and Spenser helps all concerned. This story may seem like a mere interlude but it is important as a foreshadowing for understanding the primary story line . . . so pay attention!
Then Spenser has a new client who hires him to solve the human murder. Now the story gets into normal Spenser mode with lots of asking questions, breaking heads, and getting help from friends. The unraveling of the story reveals many interesting plot complications that show a lot about the character of the people involved. You'll love this part of the story!
Since Robert Parker has written so many Spenser novels, and most people have read quite a lot of them, this book requires a more complicated rating system than most to be helpful to the experienced Spenser reader. While even a bad Spenser novel (if such a thing were to ever occur) would still get a high overall rating, the books require comparisons to each other so you will be prepared for the experience ahead.
First, the best part of this book is the plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Role Reversals! 4 Sep 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Spenser is hired to find out who is shooting at horses at the thoroughbred stables of Walter Clive, The Three Fillies (named for his three daughters). He's not excited about the assignment, but he needs the money. Traveling to rural Georgia, he meets Hugger Mugger (a 2 year old who is potentially the next Secretariat) and the screwiest bunch of people in the South since Faulkner stopped writing about strange Southern families. Spenser makes no progress, someone is killed, and Spenser is fired.
In the next scene he is back in Boston taking a case to get rid of a nanny's stalker for the mother of the child the nanny cares for. The real problem is much different than what it seems and Spenser helps all concerned. This story may seem like a mere interlude but it is important as a foreshadowing for understanding the primary story line . . . so pay attention!
Then Spenser has a new client who hires him to solve the human murder. Now the story gets into normal Spenser mode with lots of asking questions, breaking heads, and getting help from friends. The unraveling of the story reveals many interesting plot complications that show a lot about the character of the people involved. You'll love this part of the story!
Since Robert Parker has written so many Spenser novels, and most people have read quite a lot of them, this book requires a more complicated rating system than most to be helpful to the experienced Spenser reader. While even a bad Spenser novel (if such a thing were to ever occur) would still get a high overall rating, the books require comparisons to each other so you will be prepared for the experience ahead.
First, the best part of this book is the plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Spenser 17 Oct 2004
By ClaireG
Format:Paperback
.... if only there was a real man out there like Spenser! I have read all the Spenser novels and this is by far my fave. I love the relationship between Spenser, Hawk and Susan. I really enjoy Robert B Parker's style of writing and in this book, he really does keep you hooked and guessing until the very end. All of his books are page turners.
If you haven't read anything by him yet, start with the Spenser novels and then check out the Jesse Stone novels.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Threat To Dick Francis 26 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback
My disappointment in this Spenser book is probably my fault. Reading the jacket, I thought that hey, Parker is going to see what he can do with Spenser in a Dick Francis type story. I should have known better.

The race horse element in this book is strictly peripheral to a rather tired and typical Spenser storyline. Even Spenser himself sounds like he's getting tired of the series. When he's let go early in the book, he actually says okay, goes home, takes a ho-hum case and is ready to forget all about the job he was first hired to do, until he's hired by another of those involved. When he goes back, those he wants to question refuse to talk to him, and be darned if he doesn't accept that. Hey, this isn't the Spenser we've known and loved!
I'm not going to tell you not to read this book. If you're a Spenser addict like me, you'll read it anyway. However, this book convinced me that it's time for me to investigate his two new series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whinney
usual good writing and plot
Published 1 day ago by slyall
2.0 out of 5 stars OK Storyline
Couldn't take this book seriously with a sentence like,

"And you are being brought in over someone who has heretofore been in charge? Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace
Have been a fan of Robert B Parker and the Spenser novels for many years, am glad they are now on kindle. Well worth the read.
Published 13 months ago by JB
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping as usual
I've newly discovered Robert Parker and love his style and slick dialogues. This one is an interesting story with many twists and turns which maintains interest to the end. Read more
Published 14 months ago by David S Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Racy affaurs among racing folk
Addicts of Robert B Parker will have different favourites. The really greedy hope for Susan Silverman, Pearl the wonder dog, Hawk, Charlie Cimoli, Quirk and Belson, posibly even... Read more
Published 14 months ago by G. M. Sinstadt
4.0 out of 5 stars Hug it, Don't Mug it
Fans of Robert B Parker should know who Spenser is. He is a private investigator who works out of Boston whose intimidating physique hides an intelligent and witty man. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2010 by Sam Tyler
2.0 out of 5 stars Down These Not So Mean Streets
Robert Parker's tough guy private eye, Spenser, is, of course, a modern day version of Raymond Chandler's great creation Philip Marlowe. Read more
Published on 7 April 2007 by Rotgut
4.0 out of 5 stars Spenser is trapped in a Tennessee Williams drama...
Hugger Mugger" is a two-year old thoroughbred that is the next Citation or Secretariat (depending on how long you have known anything about horse racing), as well as the title of... Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2003 by Lawrance M. Bernabo
4.0 out of 5 stars Spenser is trapped in a Tennessee Williams play
"Hugger Mugger" is a two-year old thoroughbred that is the next Citation or Secretariat (depending on how long you have known anything about horse racing), as well as the title of... Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2003 by Lawrance M. Bernabo
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