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On Iceby David Ramus
Synopses & Reviews
Guilty. A tough word to get your tongue around. A bitter mouthful?hard to chew, harder to swallow. I choked on it the first time I heard it used in the same sentence as my name. And time, the one thing I had plenty of, didn't help. It never does in prison.
Ben Hemmings is Atlanta's most sought-after builder of high-class stables for the moneyed elite, a reputation he has built during a decade in Georgia's exclusive horse world. But with the crack of a judge's gavel his universe unravels; Ben is torn from his precious family and sent to federal prison for a crime he didn't commit. Facing ten long years, he grabs the one rope he is thrown — hoping against the odds he won't hang himself — and cuts a deal with the unscrupulous FBI agent who sent him to prison in the first place.
Augustus "Ham" Hamilton, a horse breeder with old money and political clout to match, has been robbed. Not of cash or jewelry...those he could replace. He is missing a collection of priceless semen samples from the world's greatest show horses, stolen from a high-tech lab where they are stored in liquid nitrogen at minus 196 degrees Celsius. Hamilton wants it back bad enough to offer five million dollars, no questions asked. The FBI thinks Ben's friendship with Rollie Shore, a mob boss with whom Ben is serving time, will give them the inside track to finding the frozen samples, and they're willing to spring Ben from prison to do so. But Rollie, whose icy charm hides a molten temper, has his own plans for the reward...and is vicious enough to force Ben to grab it for him.
With the FBI squeezing from one side and a ruthless criminal threatening on the other, Ben turns to the two people he must trust: his wife, Dana, who once worked in the lab where the samples were stored, and his cellmate, "Black," a reformed drug dealer from the streets of Atlanta's south side. together they must run a terrifying steeplechase of brutality and betrayal, looking for a way to outwit both sides of the law.
"On Ice is a gripping, absolutely irresistible thriller...David Ramus is a gifted writer and On Ice is a knockout piece of work." Lee Staniford
"It's every man's nightmare; to be convicted of a crime you didn't commit. And then, to hear the sound of the prison gates clanging shut. With gripping prose, David Ramus writes about just such a nightmare — and about one man's fight to extricate himself from a dangerous web of intrigue." Tess Gerritsen
"In tough, lean prose David Ramus takes us on a heart racing thrill ride of deceit and high tech chicanery. Moving from the perilous confines of an Alabama prison to fancy horse farms of Atlanta, On Ice is a tensely suspenseful tale of a man falsely accused of murder, who must risk his own life, and the women he loves above all else, to win his freedom. This is a wild, often funny, heart-wrenching story, one that should move Ramus squarely into the front ranks of our best thriller writers." James Hall
"David Ramus knows how to tell a story and keep you glued to your chair. Read On Ice before they make the movie!" James Patterson
"Ben Hemmings, the hero of David Ramus' s gripping new On Ice, travels deep inside a federal penitentiary to the horsy-set of the lush landscapes of Georgia — never have I seen a novel move with such authority over such polar landscapes. Clever and twisty, suspenseful as a broken elevator, you're never sure where you're headed or how you'll get there, but you sure do enjoy the ride." Donald Westlake
"On Ice is one of the better novels you'll read this year." Nelson DeMille
Ben Hemmings, barn-builder for Atlanta's elite horse breeders, is sent to federal prison for a crime he didn't commit. Ben cuts a deal with the FBI to recover a stolen collection of priceless show-horse breeding samples. But to get them, Ben must deceive mob boss and fellow inmate Rollie Shore--who has a plan of his own.
Ben Hemmings, barn-builder for Atlanta's elite, has been sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. Facing ten years and the possibility of losing his family forever, he cuts a deal with the FBI to recover a stolen collection of priceless show-horse breeding samples. But to get them, Ben must deceive mob boss and fellow inmate Rollie Shore — a molten-tempered man with a plan of his own.
From the grim landscape of a federal prison to the rarefied world of southern horse breeding, David Ramus' On Ice is a gritty, thunderous page-turner that follows an innocent man on a terrifying steeplechase of bone-chilling brutality and betrayal.
About the Author
David Ramus is the critically acclaimed author of Thief of Light and The Gravity of Shadows. On Ice is his third novel. Ramus lives with his wife and four daughters in Florida.
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