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  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Abridged edition (11 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449808467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449808467
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,264,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tami Hoag's novels have appeared on international bestseller lists regularly since the publication of her first book in 1988. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages worldwide and over twenty-million copies of her books are in print. Tami is a dedicated equestrian in the discipline of dressage and shares her home with two English cocker spaniels. She lives in Palm Beach County, Florida.

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REVIEWS'Ex-narcotics officer Elena Este's involvement in the disappearance of missing groom Erin Seabright ... Punctuated by flashbacks to the death of her partner - an event she feels responsible for - Este thinks she can somehowright this wrong by finding Erin. The trail of clues moves from the glitzy world of Palm Beach to the claustrophobic gloom of the nearby Florida swamps ... pithy writing.'CRIME TIME 'Hoag's narrative delivers pulse-racing excitemen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A gripping story of resurrection and redemption from the bestselling author of DEEPER THAN THE DEAD. --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ImReallyAnElf VINE VOICE on 25 Jun 2003
Format: Paperback
After a very stressful week attending to family business, I decided to treat myself to the eighth Stephanie Plum novel to read on the train back home .. and as luck would have it, the station bookshop had an offer of "two for a tenner" so I mosied around for a while trying to decide on my other selection.
I chose Dark Horse despite knowing nothing about Tami Hoag's books because (a) the story revolves around the horse world and I'm into horses and (b) because she writes in the first person which I much prefer to the old "she gasped", "he stated", narration. Well, it's as good a way as any I know of to choose a new author.
I'd finished the book by the next night, and have just added several more of her previous titles to my wishlist at Amazon, so's I can treat myself to them on payday. Can't get a more sincere recommendation than that!
Dark Horse has a believable plot line, a heroine who's likeable, tough AND vulnerable (although I did get frustrated with her a few times, since I didn't think her guilt-trip, a central theme in the book, was altogether justified) and some really fine supporting characters.
Hoag draws a really sympathetic picture of the child in the story, involving her readers in insights to the psychology and dynamics of families and personality, but does it so light-handedly that you only realise after you've put the book down rather than finding it a distraction or patronising.

Some of the story was a tad grittier than I'd have liked, but as nothing was superflous to the needs of the plot, I can't really complain.
The tension really did build, and I was guilty of my besetting sin ..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec 2002
Format: Hardcover
Dark Horse is something of a departure in style from Tami Hoag's previous novels - it's less formulaic than her early novels and has much less focus on romance; the result is a more mature novel.
Dark Horse is a story of violence, kidnap and murder set on the Florida equestrian circuit. The primary character, Elena Estes, is one of the best female characters created by Hoag - she's tough, feisty and streetwise, sharp, witty and intelligent, but vulnerable and on the edge, finding it difficult to rebuild her life after a tragic mistake 2 years before destroyed her career and way of life.
Elena is reluctantly drawn into investigating a kidnapping when a desperate 12-year-old girl tries to hire her after mistakenly thinking she's a private investigator. The relationship Elena develops with the girl, and her deep involvement in the case ultimately start her on the road to salvation.
I hope that Hoag will use the characters of Elena and Landry in future novels - they are certainly strong enough characters with scope for further development. They work well together, have a good rapport and some very funny exchanges. It would be a shame to use them in only one novel.
I would definitely recommend this novel to Tami Hoag fans, but also fans of crime fiction in general. She always delivers a good novel, and this is a real page turner - one of her strongest novels yet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TMW on 3 Oct 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have been waiting for over a a year for a new Hoag novel and this one was definitely not a let down. This story was not what I expected, a change from her previous works but this made it all the more entertaining and unpridictable, so many red herrings I could not even guess who the bad guys were or where the story was heading. I loved the way the story was told through the main charactor, a very bolshy ex police officer trying to overcome her traumatic past, great idea, great read. Can't wait for the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juliette on 14 Mar 2005
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This is one of the best thriller books I have read in a long, long time. I don't know a fetlock from a foot locker, but it really isn't important if you are into the horse world or not. It just makes a fascinating background to what is superb storytelling. The plot is wonderful and the ending completely unpredictable, I doubt if anyone could work it out in advance. However, apart from the great plot, what I really loved about the book was the development of the central characters. The girl, Molly, a pivotal character, really tugged on the heart strings, but it was the initially reluctant heroine and hero, who just leap off the page. I wished they could have had more scenes together, but it was really refreshing not to have everything revealed at once. I think the romance angle was perfectly pitched. It developed over the book through a growing respect for each other's professional abilities, humanity and guts, and you just knew at the end of the book they would be good for each other because it wasn't based on the surface stuff as you find in so many other books. The relationship was much more realistic than books where they fall into each other's arms, or bed, within a few chapters. I borrowed this book from a friend and it was so good I had to go out and buy my own copy because I wanted to read it all over again, and I have, twice, in the space of a month. It was so good I never wanted it to end and would love to see the two central characters continuing in another book. The subliminal messages of not judging a person by the attitudes of others, rebuilding one's life, that one error of judgement doesn't make you a bad person, that you don't have to look perfect to be valued, and above all of hope in the future was uplifting.Read more ›
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