At Risk Mass Market Paperback – Sep 30 2003
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
I did not think it was to long. It was very suspensfull and left very graphic pictures in my mind. Excellent!
This suspense murder mystery held this reader’s interest from start to finish. As well as being entertaining, I learned more about horses and the people that care for them than would be expected from this story. There were few typos but the descriptive repetition, i.e. “the skin around his eyes” got a bit much by the last chapter. Aside from that, not a bad read, I would rate it as 3 stars out of 5.
Most recent customer reviews
Steve is a very likeable character with a great moral center. He is a bit too tough to be real, but so are all heroes. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2013 by roya
Too much bad language and sex. 3 stars. A good description of a working horse farm. I won't read it a second time.Published on June 16 2013 by Kay Przybille