a trailer in a Florida swamp, time is running out for 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 horsey 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
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
young woman is missing and her 12-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. Estes has no
P.I. license, 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 showgrounds where Erin worked as a groom, and Estes
is quickly pulled to the dark side of a glamorous sport. Behind
the ultra-rich facade is an ultra-ruthless world of drugs, payoffs,
and dirty deals. And in that world stalks a killer who will lead
Estes down a twisted trail of mayhem and murder to a final showdown
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.
©2002 Tami Hoag; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio,
a Division of Random House Inc.
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