From Publishers Weekly
On target again, Edgar-nominee Scott (Many Happy Returns; HardScape) delivers another literate, witty and absorbing mystery starring Ben Abbott, the former Wall Street high-roller who, having done time for financial misdealing, now sells real estate in his hometown of Newbury, Conn. Here Abbott calls on his self-described "half-assed" investigative skills to prove that a childhood friend did not die from a "hotload," a heroin overdose. When the coroner reports that heroin did indeed cause the death of Reg Hopkins, whose body was discovered on a covered bridge, Abbott focuses more on the why than the how of the man's demise. A lot of their old friends aren't talking. Among these are the couple who had a Jacuzzi party for a select group of Newbury's nouveaux riches the night Hopkins died. Hopkins was not invited-but was he the mystery party crasher? Setting this simmering tale of money, sex and drugs in picturesque Newbury, with its colonial homes, fine lawns and blooming azaleas, Scott creates a mixture guaranteed to hook new readers and bring old ones back for more.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Ben Abbott, Connecticut real estate agent and sometime sleuth (HardScape, LJ 1/94), solves the murder of a man whose body is discovered in a remote covered bridge. As previously, Abbott butts heads with local enemies, emotes occasionally with girlfriend/politician Vicky, and accommodates feisty old Aunt Connie.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.