Full CryBook - 2003
A third installment in the author's popular fox-hunting series finds New Year's celebrations overshadowed by the murder of Sam Lorillard and a seemingly unrelated local scandal at a neighboring club, events that eventually cause "Sister" Jane Arnold and her huntsman, Shaker Grown, to fear for their own safety.
Blackwell North Amer
In the third novel of her foxhunting series, Rita Mae Brown welcomes readers back for a final tour of a world where most business is conducted on horseback - and stables are de rigueur for even the smallest of estates. Here in the wealth-studded hills of Jefferson County, Virginia, even evil rides a mount.
The all-important New Year's Hunt commences amid swirling light snow. It is the last formal hunt of the season; therefore, participation is required no matter how hungover riders are from toasting the midnight before. On this momentous occasion, "Sister" Jane Arnold, master of the foxhounds, announces her new joint-master and the new president of the Jefferson Hunt. And her choices will prove to be no less than shocking.
The day's festivities are quickly marred, though, by what appears on the surface to be an unrelated tragedy. Sam Lorillard, former shining star and Harvard Law School alum, lies dead of a stab wound on a baggage cart at the old train station, surrounded by the outcasts and vagabonds who comprised his social circle at the end of life. No one can remember when Sam started drinking, but the downward spiral was swift - and seemingly deadly.
Murder is followed by scandal when Sister Jane discovers dishonest hunting practices going on in a neighboring club. Unsure whether to turn a blind eye or report the infringement to the proper authority, Sister and her huntsman, Shaker Crown, decide to investigate a little further, with the help of their trusty hounds. But when they come a little too close to the staggering truth - and uncover an unforeseen connection to Lorillard's murder - they realize they might not survive to see the next New Year's Hunt.
The murder of Sam Lorillard and a seemingly unrelated local scandal at a neighboring hunt club cause "Sister" Jane Arnold and her huntsman, Shaker Crown, to fear for their own safety.
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The other hounds looked at her, even her brash son, Dragon. “It’s a vixen all right, but it is extremely peculiar,” Delia advised.
Diana, her older brother, Dasher, and Asa and Ardent also paused. At nine, the oldest hound in the pack, Delia, mother of the D litters, usually brought up the rear. While her youthful speed had diminished, her knowledge was invaluable. Delia, too, put her nose to the snow.
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