A Taste of Blood and Ashes (Jared McKean Mysteries) (Hardcover)

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When Nashville PI and horse whisperer Jared McKean is hired to investigate a suspicious barn fire, he finds evidence of soring, the practice of using painful shoeing or caustic chemicals to affect the gait of a Tennessee Walking Horse. But the owners, Zane and Carlin Underwood, are known anti-soring activists. Carlin's distress seems genuine, and Zane is confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed from the chest down during an attack by a frenzied stallion. Jared believes someone else is behind the arson.

Knowing the arsonist is almost certainly someone in community of those who breed and show Walking Horses, Jared and his new assistant, his half-sister Khanh, attend a local horse show in hopes of flushing out the culprit. There are suspects aplenty, including a groom on the run from a powerful cartel, a modern day robber baron, and a beautiful gold-digger whose dreams are filled with fire.

Secrets pile on top of secrets, and as Zane's memories of the events leading to his accident begin to return, the situation becomes deadly. Jared and Khanh find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer who will do anything to keep the past in the past.

About the Author

Jaden Terrell is a Shamus Award finalist and the internationally published author of three Jared McKean mysteries. Terrell is a contributor to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of writing exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction and is a recipient of the 2009 Magnolia Award for service to the South-eastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Terrell is active in the writing community, serving as special programs coordinator for the Killer Nashville Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Literature Conference and as a board member for MWA and the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Sisters in Crime. A graduate of the Citizen Police Academy and the FBI/TBI Citizen Academy, the former special education teacher has a red belt in Tae Kwan Do and is certified in Equine Sports Massage Therapy.

Praise For…

"A suspicious fire that claims two of trainer Carlin Underwood's fourteen horses opens the gate to a long list of felonies past and present. Even after rescuing most of her stock, her barn is a total loss, and she's more certain than ever that someone's got it in for her. When investigator Jared McKean asks who, she's quick to answer: one of the Big Lick crowd whose practice of soring horses deliberately burning or disfiguring them to produce an artificially high-stepping gait she's long fought. Jared probes the Big Lick crowd, and the pattern that emerges reveals a lot of people who've accused the Big Lick have died prematurely. After a tense prologue, Jaden Terrell's fourth mystery settles into a relaxed rhythm that allows all the complications you'd want from a 40-year-old conspiracy without ever breaking a sweat." --Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9781579624354
ISBN-10: 1579624359
Publisher: Permanent Press (NY)
Publication Date: September 30th, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Jared McKean Mysteries