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Choker: An Ike Schwartz Mystery (Ike Schwartz Mystery #5)

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Nick Reynolds, his pilot's rating barely a month old, drops off the radar at night over the Chesapeake Bay. Investigating agencies call it another tragic pilot error accident. No trace of the plane is found in the Bay's murky waters. Ike Schwartz, erstwhile sheriff of Picketsville, on vacation, is approached by Charlie Garland, an old CIA friend, to look into the disappear ...more
ebook, 290 pages
Published January 31st 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published June 1st 2009)
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Jun 18, 2009 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a light hearted mystery about terrorist attacks on the US.
Recommended to Richard by: I read a review.
You can have too many stories in one book. This one has a second tale that adds nothing to a pretty good yarn that hits all the current hot buttons: stolen ship-to-ship missiles, secret plots, Homeland Security, the retired spy who is the only one who can possibly unravel the plot and save the world.

There is even a little romance; again two unrelated stories that is one too many. Oddly enough, the title could be from more than one source. It is unclear which one is the important one.

Although thi
Carl Brookins
Aug 04, 2010 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a dandy thriller. Author Ramsey spends a fair number of words thanking experts and vetting some of the essential elements of a decent terrorist plot. He sets things up in an animated and tense fashion, bringing forth several key elements that are necessary to anchor the threads of the main plot. Then he throws in some trouble back home in the Shenandoah Valley with parallel warnings.
This is the fifth in Ramsey’s thoughtful series featuring ex-CIA agent Ike Schwartz. He’s continuing his t
Shonna Froebel
This is from the series featuring Ike Schwartz, but is the only one I've read in that series. Ike is the sheriff of Picketsville, Virginia, but is also ex-CIA. When on a vacation by the water on the Delmarva peninsula, Ike is called by an old friend, Charlie Garland, still in the CIA.
Charlie's niece's fiance, Nick, disappeared a couple of months ago when flying a small plane and the family is looking for answers. Ike uses his old skills to backtrack and figure out where Nick and his plane ended
Jun 22, 2009 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-virginia
Picketsville, VA sheriff Ike Schwartz is on vacation on the Chesapeake Bay when an old CIA contact Charlie asks him to investigate the disappearance of a small plane and its pilot. As Ike narrows in on the spot where the plane disappeared, he becomes aware that this was no accident. Terrorists are involved, who pose a threat to major population centers if Ike cannot figure out what they are doing. Meanwhile, back in Picketsville, Ike's assistant suspects that there's a cult of Satanists centered ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Lorlee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good enough for a mystery -- didn't really need the second story line about the satanism. The author is a former minister so I guess that is why it is there, but the main storyline would have carried the book.
Aug 31, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ex-CIA agent assists friend to find cause of plane crash of his neice's fiance. Very detailed about the process of the search with little violence. Somewhat laid back in approach. Recognition of skills of local people.
Mary Kay
A novice pilot disappears on the night of July 4 & Ike Schwartz, sheriff of Picketsville & ex-CIA agent happens to be vacationing in the area. A huge can of worms explodes with lots of action & deception.
Jun 18, 2009 Eileen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with Richard Lollar's review. I too questioned the need for a second theme. The first theme was great and I felt the main hero was over played as the only man who could save the U.S.
Aug 04, 2009 Kitty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ex-CIA agent is called in by the current CIA to save "life as we know it". This post-9-11 world has terrorists and backwoods fishermen. Only OK.
Elaine Briggs
Dec 26, 2012 Elaine Briggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read. I'd like to read more of this series.
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Dr. Frederick Ramsay was born in Baltimore, the son of a respected teacher researcher and scientist. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia and received his doctorate from the University of Illinois. After a stint in the Army, he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, where he taught Anatomy, Embryology and Histology; engaged in research and serv ...more
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