Title: Dead Man's Touch ***SIGNED***
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press, Scottsdale, AZ
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author on Full Title Page
Edition: 1st. Edition, 1st. Printing.
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Synopsis: What do you do when everything you've held to be true, when your entire life, in fact, turns out to be a lie? Do you run away? Start over? Create a new truth? This is the dilemma faced by twenty-two-year-old Stephen Cline. Bruised in body and psyche from his adventures in At Risk, Steve gets another blow in Dead Man's Touch, the sudden death of his estranged father in an automobile accident. At the funeral, Steve's disgruntled older brother calls him a bastard - and means it. Literally. Steve, he reveals, is the product of an affair. Confronting his socialite mother, Steve learns that his real father is a horse trainer, Christopher J. Kessler. Curiosity gets the best of Steve, who's on leave from his job at Foxdale stables, so he heads for the Maryland track where he can find Kessler. The trainer soon notices that Steve is shadowing him and accuses Steve of working for a group of men intent on pressuring him to throw select races in a lucrative race-fixing scam. When Kessler learns that he's a father and Steve is his son, he recruits Steve to work undercover at his training barn to thwart the fix by discovering who's been doping the most promising horses. As Steve settles in, he gets caught up in the unique lifestyle inherent to the backside...... For a man recovering his health, and his courage after an earlier brush with the kind of toughs who can make a life with horses a nightmare, the backside is an inspiration. But it is not a life without peril - some men are willing to do anything to get the right horse under the wire first. Anything from threats to violence to murder. As Steve puts pressure on the bad guys, a young woman is found dead in a horse's stall, and Steve becomes the prime suspect in her murder. He must now discover the ringleader's identity to keep from being put in jail, or worse, in the ground. Kit Ehrman has worked at show barns and breeding farms in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Review: "Ehrman, who has worked at show barns and breeding farms, strikes a solid claim to this gritty territory with another heels-up thriller that takes up where Dick Francis left off. In the barn." --Marilyn Stasio, """New York"" TImes""With its sensitively drawn characters and enchanting horses with unique personalities, this is sure to be a contender for the winner's circle." -"Publishers Weekly""Smooth prose surrounds the knowledgeable equine subject matter, while Steve's psychological barriers provide ample subplot material. Recommended." -"Library Journal""Kit Ehrman has created a driven, principled character and puts him into situations where he must fight for the moral high ground.... Readers who love the excitement of the race will be thrilled with the arrival of this new addition to the field of mystery fiction." --"The ""Denver"" Post" "Kit Ehrman, who gave us the well-received "At Risk", has produced a second solid, diverting and apparently authentic equine mystery." --"Chicago"" Tribune"
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