Top positive review
Racy affaurs among racing folk
on 5 July 2013
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 Jo Broz. Many are missing from Hugger Mugger, notably Hawk, without whom there can't really be five stars.
The consolation is a lot of Susan, justification for Parker's smart dialogue. Boston doesn't feature. Spenser is in Georgia at a racing stables inhabited by a vicious, conniving, amoral family - "like being in a Tennessee Williams play." For much of the time the detective's failure to detect leads to frequent consultations with Susan. There is also a sympathetic - and sympathetically portrayed - local policeman.
The ending is teasingly ambiguous, but it is not reached before Parker has posted an implicit message in support of respect and understanding for the gay community.