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From the Publisher"Scott, Justin. McMansion. Jan. 2007. 262p. Poisoned Pen, $24.95 (1-59058-063-X).
Ben Abbot, a somewhat disgraced native son of Newbury, Connecticut, makes his living as a realtor and private detective. The greedy developers constructing huge mansions where open space used to be anger him to the point that he refuses to sell them. When Billy Tiller, the greediest of local developers, is found dead underneath his bulldozer with environmental activist Jeff Kimball sitting at the controls, the local police think they have an open-and-shut case. Kimball says he is innocent, but the prosecutor sees his gateway to a Senate seat, and the defense attorney sees an opportunity to impress the New York movers and shakers. Ben lands the job of helping prove Jeffs innocence. The realtor/sleuth premise works surprisingly well in this appealing series, now in its fourth installment; readers who like their mystery plots closely tied to current events will find much to enjoy here. Barbara Bibel" —Booklist