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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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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. (Oct. 1) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
At 21, Steve Cline is among the youngest barn managers in Maryland's horse country, and he loves the job, loves being good with animals. It's the two-legged species that sometimes unsettles him. Steve's people problems get rapidly worse when, during a nocturnal break-in at Foxdale Farms, seven horses are hijacked along with one human-Steve, of course, attempting to forestall three men in ski masks who take turns whaling away at him before tossing him into a van, to be dealt with further at their leisure. But Steve, as resourceful and resilient as a Dick Francis hero, wriggles free of his bindings, overcomes the agony of broken ribs, and escapes his captors. Is it a case of plain unvarnished larceny? That's his question when Detective James Ralston of the Maryland State police comes calling. The answer isn't obvious, Ralston acknowledges, though it's clear the crime was not isolated. A few months earlier, he tells Steve, a nearby stable owner was beaten to death after having seven (!) horses stolen from him. It's hardly a stretch, then, Ralston says, to conclude that Steve is lucky indeed to be living and breathing, however painfully. Next, a favorite cat is hanged showily, and vandals strike and leave threatening messages aimed at Steve. Is all this a cover-up for some convoluted scam? Or is it, Steve wonders, as personal as it's starting to seem? Ehrman's lively debut is not without its rough spots-mostly in the plotting-but the smart money could make the unusually likable protagonist a favorite in the Francis Stakes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590582657
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2006
  • Series: Steve Cline Mysteries Series
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Kit Ehrman has worked as a groom, veterinary assistant, and barn manager at numerous horse facilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania and currently lives on a horse farm in Columbus, Indiana. A second Stephen Cline mystery is in the works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2004

    If you like Dick Francis, you will like this book.

    I have been missing Dick Francis since his wife died. I found this book to be every bit as intriguing and exciting as one written by Mr. Francis. I would recommend it to any fans of Dick Francis or any one else who just enjoys a good mystery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Good suspense story

    Get mustery novel with a horse twist. I thoroughly enjoyed the story

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    Posted September 18, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Easy read!! Good mystery series!

    I have a horse and love anything horsey. Love going to bed early with this or one of the others in the series. Soooooooooo sad I'm reading the last one now. Hope there will be a new one soon!

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK I WOULD READ MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR. KEEP T

    THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK I WOULD READ MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR. KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Refreshing story

    I was skeptical of this book at first, but after the first chapter I couldn't put it down. The description of the barns and shows had me captive being a rider and competitive in show world. It was great to read about a familiar setting.
    I will be buying his other books as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2005

    Could not put the book down!

    This was a great book, and I was unable to put it down once I started reading. It is perfect if you like horses, mysteries and a touch of romance. This book has it all!

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