Dark Horse (Jim Knighthorse #1)

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When high school student Derrick Booker, the only black student at a posh Orange County high school, is accused of killing his white girlfriend, ex-college football hero and detective Jim Knighthorse is hired to dig a little deeper into the murder. It doesn't take long for Knighthorse to realize that not all is as it seems at tranquil Huntington High, from a band director who preys on the innocent to a vice-principal with a secret agenda of her own. Not to mention someone's hired a professional killer to keep ...
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Overview

When high school student Derrick Booker, the only black student at a posh Orange County high school, is accused of killing his white girlfriend, ex-college football hero and detective Jim Knighthorse is hired to dig a little deeper into the murder. It doesn't take long for Knighthorse to realize that not all is as it seems at tranquil Huntington High, from a band director who preys on the innocent to a vice-principal with a secret agenda of her own. Not to mention someone's hired a professional killer to keep Knighthorse permanently off the case. As the investigation continues, Knighthorse's personal life is shattered by the discovery of new evidence relating to his mother's unsolved murder, a murder dating back twenty years. Reeling from the discovery, a determined Jim Knighthorse sets out to bring two killers to justice.
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Editorial Reviews

Blurb - Piers Anthony
"I read Dark Horse by J.R. Rain. He's the author of Moon Dance, that I reviewed last column. The author is a private investigator, and it shows; this is another fast moving and entertaining detective story. It is the first of a series, published by Lulu.com. Rain is surely destined for larger success, if he can get the right break; his fiction is fun reading." —PIERS ANTHONY, New York Times bestselling author of A Spell for Chameleon and On A Pale Horse
Blurb - Jennifer Ray
"What would a good mystery be without some interesting twists? Dark Horse definitely has several of those!"
Blurb - Gemma Halliday
"Dark Horse is one of the best books I've read in a long time! A great classic detective story with a modern twist. Unique and interesting characters (I think I'm half in love with Jim Knighthorse now!), a great plot that kept me guessing until the end, and some of the funniest lines I've read anywhere. Rain does an amazing job of blending suspense, mystery and humor in this fantastic debut novel destined for the keeper shelf." —GEMMA HALLIDAY, author of Spying in High Heels
Blurb - Elaine Babich
"I love Jim Knighthorse! Please write faster, Mr. Rain!" —ELAINE BABICH, author of You Never Called Me Princess and Relatively Normal
Blurb - Aiden James
"I finished Dark Horse late last night. I enjoyed it immensely--very good story, J.R.! I really liked your dialogue, which kept me chuckling each time I sat down to read the book. Add great character and scene descriptions and a well-paced plot, and you've got a gripping story indeed. I can honestly say your book was as entertaining as anything I've ever read from Patricia Cornwell. I can easily see Dark Horse moving to the big screen!" —AIDEN JAMES, author of Cades Cove and Deadly Night
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781300664734
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 1/27/2013
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 914,835
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

J.R. Rain is an ex-private investigator who now lives in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie, who has more energy than Robin Williams. Please visit him at www.jrrain.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Great book

    Borrowed from a friend and read it in less then 3 days (thats good for me). Great story and made me laugh all through it. Can't wait to read more about Knighthorse.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Entertaining

    Really good, I read the whole thing while stuck in traffic for 5 hours (i wasn't driving btw). Love the characters and the humor. Looking forward to reading other books by J.R. Rain!
    :)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Jim Knighthorse series

    I enjoyed reading this book, it was a good read. Jim Knighthorse is a great character, he is smart, and tough but also has a sweet side to him. Jim is full of one liners that will make you laugh. Now I am about to read the second book of the series!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Great

    Very good book. Kept me entertained from start to finish. Glad I borrowed it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Very fun story!

    Jim Knighthorse is a great character. He is funny. He is smart. He is athletic and he is perfect...or so he thinks at times. I loved this story and the introduction of the charaters. I really like Jim's girlfriend and their relationship. After this book, I couldnt wait for the next one!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    good read

    This was a good read. Jim Knighthorse is definitely an unusual character.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Fun read

    Light reading (Dark Horse #1, #2, and #3). Written well and keeps you enjoying all three books. Looking forward to more J R Rain's books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Zayn to Thunderhoof

    Yes you may.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Loved it!

    Loved it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    Great read - funny, witty; yet has a serious tone too.

    I just finished reading Dark Horse and have started the next in the series: Mummy....?
    The only negative to Dark Horse was the foul language constantly throughout....it was definitely not needed. I would suggest reviewing it and take out about 99% of the f***** words. The book has great characters and great description of locations, places, people. Lots of one liners that will make you laugh out loud. An overall great book. Keep the series rolling Jim Knighthorse.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Great read

    Reminded me of Bob Morris and Clay Harvey. Witty and easy to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

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    This book sucked

    i see why this book was 99 cents it should be free there was alot of foul words in this books which i dont get into def. not made for children to read.

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Basic Mystery

    This is a fast read. Typical PI storyline. But, character development is mediocre, I was not really drawn in to the story, and the writing is not terribly descriptive and quite terse. I bought this looking for a new author to read. If you are looking for a quick mystery, this is ok, but there are better options.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Such a powerful story of loss and redemption

    This book made the prtagonist (Jim Knighthorse) SOOO bloated. But I finally was reminded that arrogance is an absolute sign of insecurity and self-loathing (think Terrell Owens). This book is a narrative, which allows the reader to muse with the protagonist and finally underdtand that his self promotion is due to his detective daddy essentially ignoring him and his mom while Jim was growing up. Revelling in his size and speed, Jim had been approached by the NFL since his college sophomore year. A leg injury forced him to grudgingly follow in his dad's footsteps and become a detective.

    Having lost his mom at the age of ten, he despised everything his dad represented. One can only imagine his disgust once he realizes he inherited his dad's investigative abilities. In simple prose, the reader explores Jim's life--the good, the bad and the evil.

    This book is SO good and very clear to read. This author is getting alot of my money, because I am slowly but surely becoming a HUGE fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Herbtail and co.

    Herbtail- Squirmed and leapt back to camp carrying hopekit ... Hopekit- hanged in her sisters jaws

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Hiddenstar and co.

    The siblings smile at their brother who meows "Clan dismissed!" And pads to ain camp

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Jim Knighthorse is a private detective and an ex-football star.

    Jim Knighthorse is a private detective and an ex-football star. His office is filled with pages from his past. In this book, he has taken on the case of a black high school student who has been accused of murdering his white girlfriend. The people running the high school are far from innocent.
    Knighthorse is also investigating his mother’s murder from 20 years agao. As the investigation heats up he gets help from an unlikely source. Could God, or Jack which is really what is likes to be called, really be hanging out at the local McDonald’s? He has very interesting conversions with Jack.
    I loved this book. It is interesting from the first page to the last page. You will want to finish it in one sitting. There is mystery, a little romance, a lot of good old fashion police work and a ton of humor. I laughed out loud several times. Please try this book. I know you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Jim Knighthorse is one of my favorite new detectives...right up

    Jim Knighthorse is one of my favorite new detectives...right up there with sPenser. This is the firts book, and it's a very good mystery. I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Blah

    Blah blah blah blah blah

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Is it

    Ages what

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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