Don’t be a fool and think you can change the picture I’ve drawn you of the future. Look at it this way. Most guys your age would be happy as fuck to get a picture of the future that looks as clear as this.
On a beautiful, foggy evening, Marine Corporal Palmer stands at the end of a pier, staring out over the ocean, waiting to meet his girlfriend Suzanne. Instead of meeting Suzanne, however, Palmer encounters Staff Sergeant Harry Wilde, who gives Palmer a stark choice: help Wilde’s criminal activities, or be railroaded to jail on drug possession charges.
With Suzanne’s help, Palmer flees to Mexico. Seven years later, ex-Sergeant Wilde is a rich drug dealer and gun runner, trading stolen Marine guns for the deadly synthetic heroin, fetanyl. The murder of the “mule” who brings the drug over the border leaves Wilde badly in need of a new courier. Fate delivers one in an encounter with Palmer in the small Mexican town of Wilde’s supplier. Wilde holds all the cards and Palmer is desperate. Desperation, however, doesn’t make Palmer as easy to control as Wilde thinks.
Six White Horses is a story driven by emotionally riveting human drama, by raw tension and palpable suspence.
"Six White Horses is the most basic of stories—a good man in a corrupt world—and Dold’s telling of it is, within the boundaries of noir, just about perfect. In a world of bloated bestsellers, it is always a pleasure to happen upon a writer who understands that less is more."
The Washington Post Book World.
"The tension runs so thick you’ll be able to cut it with a switchblade…Desperate characters, seedy locales, and a satisfying ending all contribute to the appeal of this neo-noir thriller by veteran suspense author Dold. Violence, while not gratuitous, is very much a presence throughout the book."
"The writing is superb and supple in appealing ways.”
Author of Winter’s Bone
"A fine brew of Mexico, Southern California, and the various drugs we all need and swallow to keep this charade going.”
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In California, USMC Corporal Palmer waits for his girlfriend Suzanne to arrive at the pier when instead Marine Sergeant Harry Wilde confronts him with a choice. Harry demands Palmer serves as a mule trafficking in drug sales or face jail time for possession. Following being framed of a drug charge of possession of snort, with the help of Suzanne, Palmer flees to Mexico because he knows he cannot win against Wilde. Several years later, Palmer feels guilty that he abandoned Suzanne, who has given birth to his son whom he has never met. Palmer also realizes that he still loves Suzanne. However, he as a new problem or perhaps a better way to look at it is the return of an old problem. Ex- marine Harry Wilde is in Mexico seeking a new messenger to work his expanded trafficking that now also includes weapons. He sees Palmer as the perfect dupe, but the dishonorably discharged corporal is not the same kid railroaded seven years ago. SIX WHITE HORSES is a strong thriller gripping the reader in its suspense and never frees anyone until the novel is finished. The story line is loaded with entertaining action, but the key antagonists seem genuine especially the beleaguered Palmer. Some readers will feel Wilde is over the edge with no redeeming qualities, but he serves as the catalyst to all that happens to the other prime cast. Gaylord Dold furbishes a strong take no prisoner thriller that is 200 proof octane. Harriet Klausner