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At Risk [Mass Market Paperback]

Kit Ehrman
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Book Description

Sept. 30 2003

Dick Francis could well have written this adrenaline-charged novel set in Maryland's rich horse country where Steve Cline seems, at 21, much too young to be in charge of a major stable. His skills and stamina are sorely tested when he's hijacked early one morning along with some of his horses. His escape turns him into a killer's target in an environment where everyone courts risks...


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From Publishers Weekly

Both horse lovers and crime fans who've never stepped into a stirrup will relish Ehrman's riveting debut, set on a Maryland horse farm. When his successful surgeon father disowns him after he drops out of college, 21-year-old Stephen Cline takes a job as barn manager of Foxdale Farm, which specializes in the training and boarding of thoroughbred jumpers. In the middle of a late February night, Steve visits the stable to medicate a sick horse only to stumble on a horse theft in progress. Haunted by the events of that night after barely escaping from being kidnapped and murdered, Steve resolves to track down the perpetrators before they find him. In spite of the warnings of state police detective James Ralston, he continues his search to unravel what becomes a suspenseful mystery, but not before he puts himself in grave peril. The cold, wet Maryland spring vividly turns to summer amid the smells of horses, hay and sawdust as the plot gallops forward. As a former groom, veterinary assistant and barn manager, Ehrman treads Dick Francis territory with a sure foot. From Steve's girl-crazy friend, Marty, to the motherly farm manager, Mrs. Hill, to the ruthless villains who leave more than one body in their wake, she has created a memorable cast. The sensitively drawn relationship between Steve and the alluring Rachel, a boarder at Foxdale, is one of the novel's highlights. With his youthful zeal and perseverance, Steve Cline makes a captivating hero and sleuth, one readers will be eager to see again.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

" The descriptions of the horse country and the horse farm and its workings are well drawn. Stephen Cline is a very likable hero who should return for this reader's enjoyment. And even without Cline, any forthcoming books from this author will be welcomed and well received. This is an author with a great future."     --MyShelf.com
 
"At Risk by Kit Ehrman is suspense on steroids and one of the best debut novels to hit the crime literature racetrack since Dennis Lehane's A Drink Before the War. Clear, ample shelf space for a Steve Cline series."     -- Andrew McAleer of Austin Layman's Crimestalker Casebook
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't risk missing this book! Nov. 26 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
If you have missed the annual arrival of a new Dick Francis mystery each year as much as I have, then maybe you will as pleased as I am with the debut novel, At Risk, by Kit Erhman. The style is very similiar. The story is fast paced. The characters and setting are so vivid that I can picture them in my mind. The author definitely knows horses and the horse business. I enjoyed Steve Cline, the protanganist, and am looking forward to reading the next book. I am hoping his relationship with Rachel proceeds. There are a few individuals in the cast of characters that I would like to see more of and a few that i would like to see get what they deserve! Read it and see for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Excellent. June 16 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Kit Ehrman book I have read and it is excellent. She doesn't get carried away with romance or boring stuff like whats the best hoof polish to use, ect. She sticks to the plot and doesn't get side tracked. I was quick to purchase her other Steve Cline novel, Dead Man's Touch. I only hope Kit continues with these books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars At Risk Nov. 23 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not a bad story but it's too bad the author felt the need to throw in gratuitous sex scenes. It does nothing for the story and discounts the author getting serious consideration .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! April 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A great book for anyone who knows a thing or two about horses.
I did not think it was to long. It was very suspensfull and left very graphic pictures in my mind. Excellent!
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