Summary

When high school student Derrick Booker, the only black student at a posh Orange County high school, is accused of killing his white girlfriend, ex-college football hero and detective Jim Knighthorse is hired to dig a little deeper into the murder. It doesn't take long for Knighthorse to realize that not all is as it seems at tranquil Huntington High, from a band director who preys on the innocent to a vice-principal with a secret agenda of her own. Not to mention someone's hired a professional killer to keep Knighthorse permanently off the case.
As the investigation continues, Knighthorse's personal life is shattered by the discovery of new evidence relating to his mother's unsolved murder, a murder dating back 20 years. Reeling from the discovery, a determined Jim Knighthorse sets out to bring two killers to justice.
©2010 J.R. Rain (P)2012 J.R. Rain
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Critic reviews

"I read Dark Horse by J.R. Rain. He's the author of Moon Dance, that I reviewed last column. The author is a private investigator, and it shows; this is another fast moving and entertaining detective story. It is the first of a series, published by Lulu. Rain is surely destined for larger success, if he can get the right break; his fiction is fun reading." (Piers Anthony, New York Times best-selling author of A Spell for Chameleon and On A Pale Horse)
"I finished Dark Horse late last night. I enjoyed it immensely - very good story, J.R.! I really liked your dialogue, which kept me chuckling each time I sat down to read the book. Add great character and scene descriptions and a well-paced plot, and you've got a gripping story indeed. I can honestly say your book was as entertaining as anything I've ever read from Patricia Cornwell. I can easily see Dark Horse moving to the big screen!" (Aiden James, author of Plague of Coins and Deadly Night)
" Dark Horse is one of the best books I've read in a long time! A great classic detective story with a modern twist. Unique and interesting characters (I think I'm half in love with Jim Knighthorse now!), a great plot that kept me guessing until the end, and some of the funniest lines I've read anywhere. Rain does an amazing job of blending suspense, mystery and humor in this fantastic debut novel destined for the keeper shelf." (Gemma Halliday, author of Deadly Cool and Play Dead)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sheryl on 28-12-12

Will be looking for more from this author

What did you love best about Dark Horse?

This was a really good book, I especially liked the character interaction.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

There were a lot of plot twists that made it a very engaging read. I really enjoyed the surprise character and look forward to the next novel which I hope this character will be a part. Also enjoyed the main character and hero who was not too good to be true.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 07-05-18

Humor, Snark, Lots of Little Mysteries and Murder!

Dark Horse
Jim Knighthorse, Book 1
By: J. R. Rain
Narrated by: Jason Starr
I love J.R. Rain's books! This is another winner! It has humor, snark, a different kind of private eye, and wonderful characters, (good, bad, and even God makes an appearance), and a fantastic plot. Not just one mystery, several things are going on...
The narrator is great! Perfect for this book!

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