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The professional horse world, as seen through Hoag's eyes, is full of intrigue, glitter and skullduggery. Elena Estes is a former cop whose bravado on the force resulted in a colleague's death; it also cost her her job and her self-esteem, not to mention the psychological and physical fallout from nearly being shot. She's been keeping a low profile at a friend's Florida ranch, but her world is disrupted when 12-year-old Molly Seabright, wise beyond her years, attempts to hire Elena to find her older sister, Erin, who has been missing for two days. As Elena digs deeper into Erin's disappearance, the dark side of the horse-show set is revealed. Hoag (Night Sins; Dust to Dust), herself an experienced equestrian, shows off her dressage-to-showing knowledge of the sport as she weaves behind-the-scenes tidbits about the training, competitions, horse brokers and grooms into a plot that gallops along. Though she is a master of suspense, the story falters when a major secret about the kidnapping is exposed. There are too many bad guys who may be in on the scheme, and readers will feel cheated by the improbable 11th-hour revelation. It's too bad Hoag felt the need to undercut her plot with schemes and counterschemes, since she finds plenty of tension in the equestrian world she examines here and doesn't need the contrivance. Nonetheless, she has enough skill and drawing power to propel this, her 10th book, onto bestseller lists.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Elena Estes leaves the Palm Beach County sheriff's office in disgrace after causing the death of a fellow copand gallops straight into trouble at an international riding competition in Florida's horse country.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It moves very slowly. I read a book in a week but this is taking forever. I'm over 100 pages in and still only introducing chsracters.Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Herbst
Great book...as always! Tami Hoag never disappoints and never lets her readers down. Looking forward to many more novels from her.Published 3 months ago by Mandi
Dark Horse is another excellent book written by author Tami Hoag. Elena Estes is a disgraced former undercover detective who now works in the Palm Beach horse setting.Published 3 months ago by Bernie
I love Tami Hoag and hope she writes more books in this series. Elena is very interesting.Published 3 months ago by joyce cossairt