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Gaylord Dold (Samedi's Knapsack, etc.) offers spare prose and first-class entertainment in his stand-alone thriller, Six White Horses. After his Marine sergeant, Harry Wilde, frames him for drug possession, Palmer manages to break out of jail and escape to Mexico, but seven years will pass before Palmer catches up with Wilde, now a wealthy drug dealer-and the woman and child he left behind.
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Seven years ago, Corporal Jesse Palmer went AWOL from the U.S. Marine Corps and fled to Mexico to escape an illegal drug frame-up orchestrated by sadistic Sergeant Harry Wilde. Now, in an unfortunate twist of fate, Wilde shows up in the sleepy Mexican town where Palmer has been living in exile and demands that he smuggle six bags of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic heroin known as White Horse, over the border into the U.S. Wilde is holding hostages-- Suzanne, Palmer's ex-girlfriend, and Adam, a son he has never seen--and promises to kill them if Palmer refuses to act as his courier. The tension runs so thick you'll be able to cut it with a switchblade as Palmer races frantically to find a solution to his seemingly insurmountable problem. Desperate characters, seedy locales, and a pat but satisfying ending all contribute to the appeal of this neo-noir thriller by veteran suspense author Dold. Violence, while not gratuitous, is very much a presence throughout the book. Michael Gannon
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