After discovering the works of Dick Francis, Kit Ehrman quit a lucrative government job and went to work in the horse industry as a groom, veterinary assistant, and barn manager at numerous horse facilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Twenty-five years later, Ehrman combined a love of horses and mysteries by penning the award-winning equine-oriented mystery series featuring barn manager and amateur sleuth Steve Cline. Originally published in hardcover and trade by Poisoned Pen Press, the series has received numerous awards and outstanding reviews in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, The Denver Post and the Chicago Tribune among others. Ehrman is a member of the International Thriller Writers.org.
Steve Cline is working at Churchill Downs for the Derby when a chance encounter triggers a series of events that spiral out of control and plunge Steve into the world of the ultra rich, where greed and revenge and ambition lead to a power play that culminates in a bloody triple cross . . .
When Bruce Claremont disappears while working on a thoroughbred breeding farm, his sister asks Steve Cline for help. As Steve slips into Bruce's world, the more he learns, the more he suspects that Corey may never see her brother again because all is not as it seems in this pastoral setting where secrets and jealousies are the norm, and the present seems to be repeating its fiery past . . .
When Steve Cline goes undercover at Washington Park to discover who's been doping some racehorses, he gets caught up in the unique lifestyle inherent to the backside of a racetrack. But it is not a life without peril because some men are willing to do anything to get the right horse under the wire first . . .
This stirring first mystery is set in Maryland's rich horse country where Steve Cline, at 21, seems much too young to be in charge of a major horse stable. When he's hijacked early one morning along with some show horses, his escape turns him into a killer's target in an environment where a complex scheme develops and everyone, no matter how innocent, courts risks . .