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Hardscape: 2a Mystery Introducing Ben Abbott (Ben Abbott Mysteries #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  10 reviews
When Ben Abbott returns to the small Connecticut town where he grew up, after doing a stint in Leavenworth for his Wall Street trading activities, he's hired by a P.I. to do some spying on a cheating wife. Soon, Ben finds himself a neophyte private eye as the case turns to murder.
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published February 24th 1994 by Viking Books
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Darrell Delamaide
A small-town real estate agent might not be the obvious choice of hero for a mystery thriller, but Justin Scott makes it work. He endows Ben Abbott with a backstory as a financial wheeler-dealer who runs afoul of securities laws and spends prison time as a convicted felon. Then he returns home to northwest Connecticut to make a new life taking over his father's real estate business.

Abbott's past complicates his life. He feels like a liability to his sometime girlfriend, the politically ambitious
Justin Long introduces his rascally hero, real estate entrepreneur Ben Abbott in this tightly wound if somewhat convoluted thriller.
Abbott is hired by a wealthy businessman to photograph his wife and her handsome lover. Abbott needs the money so he reluctantly agrees, but when he sees how happy the wife and her lover are, he changes his mind. Next day, however, lover boy is found murdered on the rich lady's vast estate and Ben's cousin is also found murdered in a downed airplane rife with cocain
Boy, am I late to the party? I've read, already, other J. Scott books - but had overlooked this.

I think what I like the most about "Hardscape" is the glimpse into Connecticut itself - the people, the history, the natural and man-made environments. It's not a puzzler, not in the sense of Agatha Christie. It's a slice of real time - I think well-thought out by Scott - which maybe is the best expression of the book.

I see/hear all the characters. Their personal stories, floated by the mystery, stic
I read the 2nd one earlier and liked it, so now I'm at the beginning of the series...former Nav al Intellgence Cervice operative, former jailbird, former Wall-streeter and now home town realter investigates the murder of a young stud on a perspective's listing...a vast array of interesting NE characters as well as enough interesting plot twist to keep turning pages...decent read
Scott, Justin - 1st in series

Benjamin Abbott was a Wall Street trader whose activities got him sent to prison. Going back to his small Connecticut hometown, Ben turns to his family's real estate business. Then a New York City private detective hires him to train a camcorder on a bedroom in the "castle" next door.

The beginning of a very good, enjoyable series
Jan 07, 2008 Joe rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Newtown expats
The Liquor Locker, The Yankee Drover, the motorcyle guy running the video store by the old train depot - all of these are familiar images to people who grew up in Newtown, CT. I'm out of that town almost two decades now, but I love reconnecting with old friends through the Ben Abbott series.
This wasn't bad - a fairly good amount of action and a likeable main character.
Enjoyable. Reader's digest condensed. Read in Winter Park
Destul de lipsit de intriga!
Nov 15, 2007 Pam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
11/15/07 bought at UBS
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