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Still recovering from the physical and psychological bruises he received in his first outing, At Risk (2002), 22-year-old Steve Cline, barn manager of a Maryland horse farm, faces more trauma when his estranged father dies in a car accident in this chilling sequel from Ehrman. At the father's funeral, Steven learns from his brother that he's not the son of the man in the coffin, but rather the product of an affair. When Steve confronts his socialite mother, she confesses that his real father is horse trainer Christopher J. Kessler. Curious, Steve heads for the Maryland track to observe him until Kessler becomes suspicious and accuses Steve of being involved with the people who are pressuring him to throw races. When he learns that Steve is his son, Kessler hires him to work undercover at his training barn to find out who's been drugging his most prized horses. With the determination, bravado and resilience of the young, Steve begins an investigation that will lead to two murders. From the labor-intensive work in the oppressive heat of a Maryland summer to the cockroach-infested living quarters of the help, Ehrman creates an authentic and vivid picture of the reality behind the glamour of the races. The bad guys may be a bit too obvious, but with its sensitively drawn characters and enchanting horses with unique personalities, this is sure to be a contender for the winner's circle.
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"Ehrman, who has worked at show barns and breeding farms, strikes a solid claim to this gritty territory with another heels-up thriller that takes up where Dick Francis left off. In the barn." --Marilyn Stasio, New York TImes
"With its sensitively drawn characters and enchanting horses with unique personalities, this is sure to be a contender for the winner's circle.” –Publishers Weekly
"Smooth prose surrounds the knowledgeable equine subject matter, while Steve’s psychological barriers provide ample subplot material. Recommended." –Library Journal
"Kit Ehrman has created a driven, principled character and puts him into situations where he must fight for the moral high ground…. Readers who love the excitement of the race will be thrilled with the arrival of this new addition to the field of mystery fiction." --The Denver Post
"Kit Ehrman, who gave us the well-received At Risk, has produced a second solid, diverting and apparently authentic equine mystery." --Chicago Tribune