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The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag
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Feb 08, 2009

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Book2 Elena Estes series

Ex-narcotics detective Elena Estes wants to live in peace training her horses. But when she discovers the abused body of a young female co-worker dumped in a canal, she is drawn back into action and launches an investigation. As Elena delves into her dead friend's secret life, she discovers ties not only to the Russian mob but also to a group of powerful and wealthy Palm Beach bad boys known for giving each other alibis to cover a multitude of sins. She is now more determine to uncover the truth...

Tami Hoag brings us once again into the world of Polo clubs, priceless horses and the unscrupulous rich. She uses her knowledge of horses and her quirky, multi-dimensional characters to provide more than just your typical murder mystery. The plot is slow moving and pulls you through a series of predictable intrigues. I like the gutsy in your face style of her main character Elena, her personality is a wise-cracking cynic, persistent and comfortable using unorthodox means to get to the truth. The secondary characters are ridiculous; the good ole polo boys are painted a little too negatively, Kulak's misconception is hard to understand and Barbaro's interest in Elena doesn't quite ring true. It seems overdone. What I found most boring was the redundancy describing Elena's accident and her fixation about her past as a rich kid. If these points are overlooked the book in its whole is not bad.

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