Dark Horse - Elena Estes, Bk 1 Author:Tami Hoag It is the story of an ex-cop, a missing girl, and a killer locked in a race where there can be only one winner--and the losers die trying. — In a trailer in a Florida swamp, time is running out for eighteen year-old Erin Seabright. A pawn in a kidnapper's terrifying game for a ransom no one can pay, her last hope is a washed-up ex-cop who has... more » already lost it all-not once, but twice.
The wealthy world of the Palm Beach horse set seems a long way from a cop's world in the narcotics division. A lifetime ago, undercover sheriff's detective Elena Estes worked the mean streets and Back Top alleys, living by her wits and playing the long odds until she took one risk too many. Now Estes lives on the ragged edge of lost hope and self-hatred, hiding from the past and believing she doesn't deserve to have a future. But the past is about to come back with a vengeance, and the future is about to become a race between life and death.
A young woman is missing and her twelve year-old stepsister comes to Estes for help. No one but serious, studious Molly Seabright seems concerned about what's happened to her troubled older sister. But Molly is convinced Erin is in danger. Estes has no P.I. license, no interest in a new career, and no desire to break her self-imposed exile. But the more she learns about the people Erin Seabright was involved with, the more her long-dormant cop instincts come back to life.
One trip to the show grounds where Erin worked as a groom, and Estes is quickly pulled to the dark side of a glamorous sport. Behind the glittering, ultra-rich facade is an ultra-ruthless world of drugs, payoffs, and dirty deals. A world of dissolute playboys and crooked horse-dealers, of royalty and rabble, of rivals and enemies. An obscenely wealthy world where anything can be had for a price--including a life.
And in that world stalks a killer who will lead Estes down a dark, twisted trail of decadence and deceit, mayhem and murder--from the gilded life of Palm Beach to the darkest corners of the Florida swamps, to a final show-down that could cost her everything. A race against time and evil. A race in which Estes is the dark horse--and no one is betting on her to win.« less
One of my favorite Tami Hoag books. Very quick, fast paced reading with real depth of character. The sequel, Alibi Man is a worthy successor that continues the story of Elena. I hope Hoag continues the series.
I have enjoyed several of Tami's books, and this is among her better books. I like the way that she ties the mistery into the horse world of Florida elites. She also has very good character development. If you like Tami Hoag, then read "Dark Horse".
Tami Hoag has been called the Queen of the Suspense Thriller. She writes with a razor-sharp pen and of characters that are alwaya a step and a half ahead of us. She's s darned-good writer and hard to put down.
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A story of an ex-cop, a missing girl, and a killer locked in a race where there can only be one winner and the losers die trying. Centered around the wealthy world of the Palm Beach horse set. Lots of twists and turns. Good read!
It took me a while to get into this book. I started listening to it three other times before it finally stuck. The third time I started it I decided to listen to it in my car while driving home from work. I am glad that I started it again because this was a good book. It has mystery, suspense, thrills....
There are several references to some really bad words, so don't let your kids read or listen to this. I love the twists in the story too.
This book is very well done, hard to put down until you reach the end. I enjoyed the characters. The location it takes place and the world it invites you into is intriguing. Loved the book, Tami Hoag at her best. If you are already a fan you will want to read this and if you haven't read her yet, you will want to start.
Another tangled web of deceit, murder and page turning excitement. Not one of my favorite series. I think we get hooked on a certain hero or heroine and stay with them. when the characters change, just like in tv shows...it takes some adjustment.
Hoag's otherwise-fine suspense thriller about a kidnapped girl and dirty dealings among Florida's horsey set is flawed by the appearance of a hitherto-unmentioned distant relative to neatly tie up one of the dangling plot threads.