A Taste of Blood and Ashes
Quick Overview :
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.
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.