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Product Details

  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; Lrg Rep edition (Jan. 25 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590580907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590580905
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.7 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 685 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,589,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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

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By A Customer on Nov. 26 2003
Format: Hardcover
He saw a man executed and was nearly killed himself. Twenty-two years old Steve Cline has recovered but is still emotionally fragile and unable to return to his job at Foxdale Horse Farm. He is estranged from his wealthy and prominent family but when he learns that his father was killed, he returns home for the funeral. His angry and embittered brother Robert tells Steve that he was not biologically related to the individual he thought was his father.
When he confronts his mother, she admits that his biological father is racehorse trainer Kessler working out of Washington Park. When he finally tells Kessler who he is, the man tells him that he is glad to have a son. When he learns his father is having trouble with an unknown person who wants him to fix the races, Steve volunteers to go undercover to find the guilty parties. In the course of his inquiries, a co-worker is murdered and Steve comes within a pixel of losing his life too.
Kit Ehrman has a unique voice that makes DEAD MAN'S TOUCH an exciting amateur sleuth tale. The protagonist, rather young in physical years, has experienced so much that he comes across as a mature person so familiar with death that he realizes it can strike without warning at anytime. There is a lot of action in this straightforward mystery much of it dealing with a protagonist who refuses to stay down after being threatened and battered. DEAD MAN'S TOUCH is as good as the works of Dick Francis.
Harriet Klausner
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By roya TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 18 2013
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Steve returns and his adventures are still well worth reading. Although he is psychologically reeling from his last experience, he is still tough as nails. This 2nd installment is just as good as the first one. The insight to the life of racing horses was also very informative. A great mystery.
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Horse information is well researched and accurate. Similar to Dick Francis but more enjoyable. More in depth horse material. Lots of action.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa5872864) out of 5 stars 101 reviews
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HASH(0xa61970b4) out of 5 stars exciting amateur sleuth Nov. 26 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
He saw a man executed and was nearly killed himself. Twenty-two years old Steve Cline has recovered but is still emotionally fragile and unable to return to his job at Foxdale Horse Farm. He is estranged from his wealthy and prominent family but when he learns that his father was killed, he returns home for the funeral. His angry and embittered brother Robert tells Steve that he was not biologically related to the individual he thought was his father.
When he confronts his mother, she admits that his biological father is racehorse trainer Kessler working out of Washington Park. When he finally tells Kessler who he is, the man tells him that he is glad to have a son. When he learns his father is having trouble with an unknown person who wants him to fix the races, Steve volunteers to go undercover to find the guilty parties. In the course of his inquiries, a co-worker is murdered and Steve comes within a pixel of losing his life too.
Kit Ehrman has a unique voice that makes DEAD MAN'S TOUCH an exciting amateur sleuth tale. The protagonist, rather young in physical years, has experienced so much that he comes across as a mature person so familiar with death that he realizes it can strike without warning at anytime. There is a lot of action in this straightforward mystery much of it dealing with a protagonist who refuses to stay down after being threatened and battered. DEAD MAN'S TOUCH is as good as the works of Dick Francis.
Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa586f9e4) out of 5 stars GOOD SECOND ENTRY IN THE SERIES March 22 2012
By drkhimxz - Published on Amazon.com
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Readable follow-up in this horsey series. Our hero, Steve Cline, moves to another setting for another dose of murder, mayhem, danger and romance. It is well written and decently plotted not withstanding the tendency to make the hero appear more childish than his 22 years make likely. A bit more self control would keep him out of life-threatening situation; however, it would also reduce the action component, perhaps to the point of dullness. To allow the hero to escape from the dilemma of an unloving father, the author kills the old man off and provides a more stimulating relationship. This is a neat counter in the love game as the reader will find. For those who have dined off the rich wares of the late Dick Francis, this series may not be a complete replacement but it should be an enjoyable substitute.
HASH(0xa579d5f4) out of 5 stars Engaging Crime Novel April 14 2014
By carl brookins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What would you do if, at age 20, say, you discovered that a good deal of what you thought was true about your life was, in fact, false? More, what if that shocking revelation came at a time when you were already battling some serious demons? And finally, what if that revelation tore away a major building block on which you’d rested a lot of driving anger? It’s a lot to handle at any age and Stephen Cline, recovering from a vicious attack on his life and son of a privileged and wealthy family in horse county, is thrown for a loop.

Cline’s immediate answer is to leave home and seek answers about his future and his past, working in a racetrack stable. But it’s a stable where underhanded activities including conspiracy and murder, threaten his already tenuous hold on life.

Author Ehrman has a deft touch in the development of her story. The scenes of the set-up are outstanding—much better than the explanation on the dust jacket—rich in emotion, swirling movement and menace. Although the excitement of some of the thoroughbred racing scenes are curiously flat, the interweaving of the plot and the context of the backside of racing, stables, interesting characters and daily life are well-handled and interesting. The pace is varied and logical in all the right places. Protagonist Steve Cline is a sympathetic well-drawn character except in a couple of places where he suddenly seems too mature and formal of speech.

This is an enjoyable novel is every aspect. I suggest you skip the dust jacket copy if you acquire Dead Man’s Touch. The copy reveals too much which is better handled in the pages of the novel itself.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa579d918) out of 5 stars A Good Read for Horse Mystery Lovers. July 18 2011
By Lynnie - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read two of these books on my Kindle now and find them exciting and interesting. I had read almost all of Dick Francis's books and now that he's gone, I've found Ehrman to be a fine continuation of the genre, American style.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa579d7e0) out of 5 stars Another good book May 13 2012
By Togocat - Published on Amazon.com
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Another good story about Steve Cline. Not quite up to the first one, but still a good mystery. I really like the horsetrack/stables backdrop. Nice change with him at a racetrack instead of the riding stables. It was good to learn more about him and have his characer and background filled out. It is interesting to learn about what goes on at horse racing. I will keep reading this series, so far I am not disappointed.


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