In quaint Newbury, Conn., real estate broker Ben Abbott gets caught in a nasty land battle between two neighbors: cantankerous Vietnam vet Richard Butler, whose troubled, violent son Dicky, has just been released from jail, and Harry King, a high-powered former diplomat and owner of Fox Trot estate, who wants Abbott to act as mediator in buying a sliver of Butler's property that juts into Fox Trot. King is creating a lake by damming a stream, but an explosion during a fancy lawn party blows up the dam and turns the lake into a mud pond. In the sloppy remains, Abbott steps on parts of Dicky Butler's body. Since the local sheriff is a dolt, Abbott starts detecting.
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Justin Scott was born in New York City in 1944. He is the author of many successful novels, including HardScape, The Empty Eye of the Sea, Shipkiller, The Man Who Loved the Normandie, A Pride of Kings, Rampage and The Cossack’s Bride.Review:
“This novel is a delight! Those of us who've been clamouring for a new Ben Abbott will be ecstatic with his latest adventure among the folk of Newbury.” -Jeffery Deaver
Ask not what happened to Justin Scott's pungent and most promising mystery series about a Connecticut real estate broker named Ben Abbott: The third entry (after "HardScape" and "StoneDust") is finally with us, and we should be properly grateful.
Abbott is a terrific character: a real estate broker with backbone and ethics (both earned during an early, life-changing, three-year stretch in Leavenworth "for the sins of an overly meteoric yuppie career on Wall Street") but also with the basic need to make a living selling property in the increasingly hot market of Newbury. So when Harry King (a Kissinger figure minus the accent) demands his presence at his huge Fox Trot estate, Abbott hoofs on up to King's burgeoning megamansion, where two of Abbott's less savory cousins are working security at the gatehouse.
King wants Abbott not to sell his house but to help him enlarge it by buying an adjoining stretch of land belonging to deranged Vietnam War veteran Richard Butler, who not only spurns King's money but also--as a former explosives expert--has a habit of blowing things up when he becomes upset. Add to this the fact that Butler's equally violent and dysfunctional son, Dickie (another shady part of Abbott's past), has just been released from prison and you begin to see the shape of the exciting, often-hilarious kinds of things to come.
“This is a sophisticated, intelligent novel, among the best of American crime-writing.”-Sunday Telegraph
"A pleasant, effortless read. --Deadly Pleasures
"First published in the U.K. in 1997 and now extensively revised and updated, this assured third entry in Scott s Ben Abbott series (after HardScape and StoneDust) provides plenty of macho action.... a thoroughly good read." --Publishers Weekly
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