COLD BURN [NOOK Book]

Overview

When Bruce Claremont quit his job working on a thoroughbred breed-ing farm and vanished, his sister Corey asks barn manager Steve Cline for help. So Steve slips into Bruce’s world, and the more he learns, the more he suspects that Corey may never see her brother again. Because all is not as it seems in this pastoral setting where secrets and jeal-ousies and obsessions are the norm, and the present seems to be repeating its fiery past. If ...
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COLD BURN

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Overview

When Bruce Claremont quit his job working on a thoroughbred breed-ing farm and vanished, his sister Corey asks barn manager Steve Cline for help. So Steve slips into Bruce’s world, and the more he learns, the more he suspects that Corey may never see her brother again. Because all is not as it seems in this pastoral setting where secrets and jeal-ousies and obsessions are the norm, and the present seems to be repeating its fiery past. If Steve’s not very careful, he just might get burned.

COLD BURN is a ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year medalist and an IPPY Award finalist.
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Booklist - Dennis Dodge
"Ehrman skillfully ratchets up the suspense en route to a surprising conclusion that nonetheless makes perfect sense. That is to say Ehrman fully engages the reader, then leaves him or her satisfied. What more could you ask of a mystery?" ~Dennis Dodge for Booklist
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012925558
  • Publisher: Kit Ehrman
  • Publication date: 5/25/2011
  • Series: Steve Cline Mysteries , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 413,696
  • File size: 281 KB

Meet the Author

After discovering the works of Dick Francis, Kit Ehrman quit a lucrative government job and went to work in the horse industry as a groom, veterinary assistant, and barn manager at numerous horse facilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Twenty-five years later, Ehrman penned the award-winning, critically acclaimed Steve Cline mystery series where the horses and setting are as integral to the story as the mystery itself.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2005

    Another Great Horse Novel by Kit Ehrman

    In Cold Burn, Kit Ehrman's third equestrian novel, Steve Cline is in trouble again. If you've read Ehrman's previous novels, At Risk and Dead Man's Touch, you know that Steve is a risk-taker, he's dogged in his determination to find the truth, and he keeps his word, even in the most horrific circumstances. This time, he promises to find out what happened to a friend's brother who disappeared from his job as a stable hand at Stone Manor Farm in Virginia, a clinic and breeding farm operated by beautiful and aristocratic Dr. Deirdre Nash. To get information, Steve takes over the missing man's underpaid, grueling, dirty, and often mind-numbing job. His struggle to find the truth is all uphill. He has to put up with another hand's jealousy because he gains the approval of Dr. Nash by his newly-acquired skill in delivering foals. He has to resist his seductive boss, Maddie. There are mysterious nocturnal horse deliveries. He keeps getting hurt. And to make the whole thing worse, an arsonist is at work. Cold Burn starts with a blazing bank barn uncomfortably near Stone Manor and races through a series of often-violent events until the dramatic climax. Ehrman uses realistic imagery and detail to describe the world of a breeding farm. The description is so masterful that it's almost possible to smell the muck that has to be so laboriously raked up all the time. We don't forget the visual picture of a mare bolting out of the stable with the afterbirth dangling, or the sounds that a mare makes in labor. The scrupulous attention to detail when Ehrman describes the barns, equipment, and procedure gives the reader a lesson in Breeding Farm 101. That realism extends to the behavior and motivations of the characters. A perfect balance. In Cold Burn, Ehrman has written a compelling book about a young man's honorable quest to find a missing person. In his investigation, Steve learns more about himself and about human nature in general.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fans of Dick Frances will think Kit Ehrman is his successor

    When Steve Cline¿s friend Corey Claremont asks him to look into the disappearance of her brother Bruce he jumps at the chance. He¿s bored in his present position and looks forward to working at Stone Manor Farm, where they breed thoroughbreds. By a lucky coincidence, Steve is hired in Bruce¿s former position and he is staying at Bruce¿s apartment. Steve discretely questions the workers at Stone Manor Farm but all he learns is that Victor Nash, the husband of the owner Dr. Deidre Nash, told everyone that Bruce quit.--- A neighbor tells Steve that someone drove Bruce¿s car to his parking space shortly after he disappeared. It really looks like Bruce is in hiding or dead. When a dealer wants to buy a significant amount of cocaine from Bruce, he is willing to deal with Steve instead. Steve wonders if Bruce¿s disappearance is drug related. The longer he works for Dr. Nash, the more he believes illegal activities are being carried out at Stone Manor Farm. As Steve looks for evidence, he almost gets himself killed.--- Readers will enjoy reading COLD BURN, a novel that showcases a protagonist who wants to right the wrongs of the world. There is plenty of action as well as a surplus of suspects who could have had something to with Bruce¿s disappearance. Fans of Dick Frances will think Kit Ehrman is his successor because it is obvious he knows and loves horses.--- Harriet Klausner

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