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The Hunt
By Jan Neuharth
Review by: Heather Darcy

  1/1/04

ISBN: 0972950303

The Hunt is a new mystery novel by first-time novelist Jan Neuharth. It is the type of novel that is perfect to curl up with on a rainy day because you are instantly drawn into the book and it is hard to put down once you start reading it. The book is set in Middleburg, Virginia, a prestigious community populated by wealthy equestrians who regularly meet for fox hunting.

The story’s protagonist is Doug Cummings, a handsome, wealthy lawyer and horseman who becomes the victim of a senseless act of revenge. His former girlfriend and his groom are brutally murdered, and all fingers point to him. To make matters worse, a local policeman with a chip on his shoulder seems anxious to convict Cummings, with or without much evidence.

Cummings turns to a newcomer in town, a lawyer named Anne Sullivan, for legal advice. Somewhat predictably, the two are instantly attracted to each other, but Sullivan resists at first because Cummings is her client. She insists that she doesn’t need to know or believe in Doug’s innocence to defend him, but as the two fall in love and other events take place, his innocence becomes more difficult to believe.

People reading the book who may not be familiar with fox hunting or equestrianism in general can still understand and enjoy the book. For lovers of horses and hunting, the book is an unexpected treat, and the unexpected plot twists will keep the mystery lover entertained and excited.

 



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