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 twenty years. Reeling from the discovery, a determined Jim Knighthorse sets out to bring two killers to justice.
**Acclaim for the Novels of J.R. Rain**
"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.com. Rain is surely destined for larger success, if he can get the right break; his fiction is fun reading."
—PIERS ANTHONY, New York Times bestselling 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 Cades Cove 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
"I love Jim Knighthorse! Please write faster, Mr. Rain!"
—ELAINE BABICH, author of You Never Called Me Princess and Relatively Normal
"Gripping, adventurous, and romantic — J.R. Rain's The Lost Ark is a breakneck thriller that traces the thread of history from Biblical stories to current-day headlines. Be prepared to lose sleep!"
—JAMES ROLLINS, international bestselling author of Altar of Eden and The Doomsday Key
"Impossible to put down. J.R. Rain's Moon Dance is a fabulous urban fantasy."
—APRIL VINE, author of The Midnight Rose and Blindfolded by Lust
"Moon Dance is absolutely brilliant!"
—LISA TENZIN-DOLMA, author of Understanding the Planetary Myths and The Dolphin Experience
"Moon Dance is a must read. If you like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter, be prepared to love J. R. Rain's Samantha Moon, vampire private investigator."
—EVE PALUDAN, author of Letters from David and The Romance Writer's Pink Pages
"I thoroughly enjoyed The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo from one of my favorite authors. A great way to spend a few hours of the afternoon."
—JEN ASHTON, author of The Pleasure Diaries and Ashton Ashton We All Fall Down
—AIDEN JAMES, author of Cades Cove and Deadly Night
"I totally loved The Body Departed. As someone who communicates with those who are either earthbound or have crossed over — your descriptions and interpretations of the dialogue and circumstances could not have been written more accurately. You're a wonderfully descriptive writer."
—JULIE BELMONT, author of The Path to Personal Success and Freedom and Seizing Your Success ... Read more
Customer Reviews (10)
DARK HORSE - A Great Read
J. R. Rain and "Jim Knighthorse" are destined to fill the void left with the passing of Robert B. Parker.I've read DARK HORSE and THE MUMMY CASE and found the plots unique and entertaining.Jim Knighthorse is an entirely human and believable character; a "jock" with a towering ego, robbed of a bright (and high paying) future in the NFL, he's beset with personal demons that literally drive him to drink, which he struggles to overcome and defeat. Over looking the typos and lapses in editing - hey, self publishing is a LOT of work - I think J. R. Rain and "Jim Knighthorse" have a bright future. I'm eagerly awaiting J. R. Rain's next Jim Knighthorse novel.
SCRATCHIN' MY HEAD......
I'm with the other reviewer who wondered what book those who wrote such glowing reviews read!This was really poorly written....I finally made myself look at the typo problem as humorous....I mean, words are a writer's bread and butter and Mr. Knight really should be a little more respectful of his tools....and his readers.I was fond enough of his main character and the ego the guy carried around....but, puleeeeeeeze, the metaphysical stuff was so lame I was almost embarrassed for the poor writer.I think deep thinking is a little beyond his scope?Anyway, I can't recommend wasting time on this one.
GREAT NEW MYSTERY SERIES
A great new series has been started.Jim Knighthorse is the working man's J.P. Beaumont.Rain will be hard pressed to write his books fast enough.Move over Patterson and Connelly!
I will be sure to read all of JR Rain's books.I think Jim Knighthorse is one of the most endearing characters.
Move over Sam Spade
I absolutely love this book, and promptly downloaded all the rest of Rain's books to my Kindle, and read them all within a couple of days.
Who needs sleep, after all?
Great plot, great characters, a little romance without subjecting his readers to the intimate details.
Honesty requires that I admit I believe Mr. Rain should stick with male lead characters, as I was not impressed the female in, "Moon Dance."
The rest??? All I have to say is, "Write faster Mr Rain! I'm waiting, with great anticipation."
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