HORSE VET RIDES AGAIN
Bringing back Lonny and Bret in this long-running series is just what fans want. A good
murder mystery that packs quite a wallop. Library Journal (3/1/10)
Veteran author Laura Crum has pulled together threads from the earlier books in her Gail McCarthy series, as an old boyfriend and a childhood friend re-enter Gails life in Going, Gone. Lonny Peterson, Gails significant other in the first few books, is now ranching in the Sierra foothills. And her longtime friend, former neer-do-well Bret Boncantini, is now a sheriffs deputy in the same townand has the painful duty of arresting Lonny on a murder charge. Of course the intrepid horse vet cant let this situation lie, and she begins to investigate. Faithful readers of the series will be pleased at the return of these former characters, and those newly encountering Gails world will be hooked by the horsewomans courage in the face of danger.
Time has brought changes to Gails life. Bringing up her six-year-old son is now her main priority, which she does with the support of her husband. When a ruthless murderer kills four people, and Gails old friend is accused of the crimes, how can Gail explain such evil to her innocent and vulnerable child? A thoughtful meditation on life and death, as well as evocative writing on the solace of nature, the book will delight old and new fans. Culminating in a thrilling horseback chase through the coastal hills, Going, Gone features all the elements that Laura Crum is known for: fine writing about beautiful landscapes and authentic horse lore, as well as an exciting mystery. And for the first time in the series, this book offers illustrations by well-known equine artist/blogger Janet Huntingtonan extra for readers.
Laura Crum, a fourth-generation Santa Cruz County resident, has owned and trained horses for over thirty years. She lives in the hills near Californias Monterey Bay with her family and a large menagerie. Crum has written eleven books about Santa Cruz equine veterinarian Gail McCarthy.
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