Blindfold

Blindfold

by Lyndon Stacey
     
 

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Gideon Blake, artist and animal behaviorist, is used to dealing with distressed and unpredictable animals. But on one cold February night, he’s faced with the challenge of his life. Abducted from his home, handcuffed and blindfolded, Gideon is inexplicably forced by his violent captors to catch a dangerous, highly-strung stallion. Though severely hindered by

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Gideon Blake, artist and animal behaviorist, is used to dealing with distressed and unpredictable animals. But on one cold February night, he’s faced with the challenge of his life. Abducted from his home, handcuffed and blindfolded, Gideon is inexplicably forced by his violent captors to catch a dangerous, highly-strung stallion. Though severely hindered by the blindfold, and fearing certain death, he has no choice but to comply. Bruised and bewildered by the events of that ill-fated night, Gideon ignores his abductor’s threats to stay silent and resolves to ?nd out who was behind this sadistic, seemingly irrational act. But a chance encounter leads to a shocking discovery—and the realization that danger lies very close to home. The second stunning thriller from the author of Cut Throat.

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"Lyndon Stacey is the closest to taking Dick Francis’ crown."  —The Bookseller

Chronicle of the Horse
We can only hope that Stacey continues to produce more books like these.
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Horse-whispering with an English accent, in a mild-mannered second thriller from Stacey (Cut Throat, 2003). Nothing magical or even extraordinary about it, swears Gideon Blake; it's merely that he has horse empathy. It means he can soothe a beast with just the right blandishments crooned into a terrified ear. And, in a way, it explains why he's accosted in the dead of night, slugged, blindfolded, handcuffed, and dragged from his home into confrontation with a snorting, stomping stallion. "You sort horses, don't you," snarls one of his captors, and Gideon-warily, artfully-sets about doing just that, it having been made clear to him how limited his choices are. Sorting completed, the horse, docile now, is taken from him, and Gideon-still blindfolded and handcuffed-is removed to some unidentifiable place and released. What was it all about? Was the stallion stolen? He has no clue. Nor, when he recounts his tale to them, do the Dorsetshire police, not that they seem terribly interested. There follows a series of untoward events as the uncluttered life of a moderately successful painter of animal portraits takes an unsettling turn. On a deserted road, for instance, car broken down, there's Rachel-a young woman desperately frightened, though she won't say of what. Gideon, the stuff of knights-errant, befriends her anyway, an act frowned on by her thug of an ex-husband. Suddenly, local toughs are making threats of violence. People Gideon likes behave in ways uncharacteristic of them. A fire, certainly arson, almost does in his sister and her lover. The murderous trap set for Gideon snaps shut on someone else-lethally. Is all this really unconnected to the fateful night of Gideon's kidnapping?Can an English horse-whisperer gentle an Arabian steed? You betcha. Quixotic Gideon, endlessly sweet-natured, is easy to like, but halfway through you may yearn for a harder edge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099429449
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.28(d)

Meet the Author

Lyndon Stacey is an animal portrait artist by trade and has a love of Western-style horse riding. This is her second novel; her first was the acclaimed Cut Throat.

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