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HardScape (Ben Abbott Mysteries #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  100 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Ben Abbott returns to his hometown to save his family's recession - battered real estate business, never dreaming that things are about to heat up in picturesque Newbury, Connnecticut. Broke and looking for some excitement, Ben takes a job videotaping the adulterous goings - on in a bedroom in Jack and Rita Long's castle. But he doesn't barg...
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 24th 1994 by Viking
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Darrell Delamaide
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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.
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't bad - a fairly good amount of action and a likeable main character.
Nov 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable. Reader's digest condensed. Read in Winter Park
Nov 15, 2007 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
11/15/07 bought at UBS
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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