Dark Horse - Elena Estes, Bk 1 Author:Tami Hoag Elena Estes needs escape. All her life, she's made choices with a willfulness she took pride in. But that stubborn risk-taking has cost her dearly: her job, her confidence, her career in the narcotics division of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, and most importantly, the life of a fellow cop. Now in retreat in Florida, Estes seeks... more » peace. Then a visitor comes calling.
Twelve-year old Molly Seabright needs help. Her older stepsister, Erin, eighteen and trouble, hasn't been seen for several days and Molly seems to be the only person concerned. The general consensus is that Erin, a groom at the Wellington show grounds, has taken off on her own, and good riddance. Estes isn't interested in taking on the case - she doesn't even have her private investigator's license -- but Molly convinces her to visit the show grounds.
There, Estes discovers the dark side of a glamorous sport: an ultra-rich world populated by the ultra-ruthless, where a glittering surface conceals a sordid underbelly. Among the dissolute playboys, royalty, rabble and crooked horse dealers, there are drugs, payoffs and dirty deals where anything can be had for a price - including a human life.
And in that world stalks a killer who will lead Estes down a dark, twisted trail of decadence, deceit and murder, from the gilded life of Palm Beach to the darkest corners of the Florida swamps. It's a race against time and evil and Estes is in the dark horse..she must find out what's happened to Erin Seabright before it's too late to save the girl -- and herself.« less