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Dark Horse [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Tami Hoag , Blair Brown
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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11 Sep 2012
In her latest thriller, New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag takes readers on a suspense-filled ride of shocks and twists leading to an explosive finish. 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 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 BackTop 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.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (11 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449808467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449808467
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,803,086 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.

Author photo (c) Jan Cobb

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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 Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 4 Feb 2006
By Jane
A gripping thriller with multiple plots. Nail biting, but ultimately a story of redemption.
I can't praise it highly enough. One of my all time favourite books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a great story. 3 Oct 2002
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars page-turning thriller with feisty heroine 8 Dec 2002
By A Customer
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favourite book 7 Mar 2006
Gripping from start to finish. Involved plot, but a great book for serious readers who want more than cookie cutter thrillers.
I would definitely recommend this to others, even if you have no interest in the horse world. I would definitely buy more of Tami Hoag's books with Elena Estes and James Landry. Two imperfect, but great characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 4 Feb 2006
By Laurie
One of the best and most complex thrillers I have read in ages. Not a cookie cutter author and not for readers who can't follow multiple plot lines.
Worth every penny. I'd definitely recommend this author and in particular this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - You'll read this again and again 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 6 star Thriller
Dark Horse was the first novel I read by this author. I picked it up expecting the title not to be about horses but alluding to a spy thriller or some such, but was surprized and... Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by C M Silver
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
I've never read a book by this author before and found it quite hard to get into but I shall read one of her other books and not give up.
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by Mrs. Sybil Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that good
It was ok, I managed to finish it but not very exicing at all. Buy Night Sins instead.
Published on 8 April 2008 by ALD
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Review
18 members in our book club read this book and we all gave it top marks. I would have given it 10 stars if I could. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2006 by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - One to read again and again
This is one of the best 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. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2005 by Juliette
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - A must read
This is one of the best 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. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2005 by Juliette
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - one to read time and again
This is one of the best 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. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2005 by Juliette
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book was given to my mum by her sister to read because she she thought that it was a good book to read. After my mum had finished it I started to read it. Read more
Published on 23 July 2004 by "amymac15"
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
Yet another wonderful novel by Tami Hoag. I thought this was up with her best (Ashes to Ashes in my opinion), one of those books that you just can't put down. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2004 by S. R. Hudson
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