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The Hounds and the Fury - A Novel
Rita Mae Brown
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Critics and fans alike are wild about Rita Mae Brown's richly imagined and utterly
engaging foxhunting mysteries-and this latest novel promises more thrilling hunts,
breathtaking vistas, and an all-new sinister scandal.

Millions of dollars seem
to be missing after a long-overdue audit of the local aluminum plant reveals a major
accounting discrepancy. Company president Garvey Stokes finds himself at a loss-in
more ways than one. He turns to his sharp-tongued, ornery bookkeeper, Iphigenia "Iffy"
Demetrios, for an explanation, but she's no help. Yet when the fuzzy math suddenly
includes a body count, the figures can no longer be ignored.

While the town sheriff
tries to get to the bottom of the matter, leave it to "Sister" Jane Arnold, venerable
master of the Jefferson Hunt Club, to rely on her keen horse-and-hound sense to follow
the trail of murder and cover-up. Throwing her off the scent, however, is former
hunt club donor and all-around cad Crawford Howard, who thinks he can go toe-to-toe
with the beloved septuagenarian and outclass her club by grossly sidestepping hound-
and-hunt etiquette. Against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a menagerie
of friends, foes, and fresh new faces saddle up for the breakneck ride to unravel
the conspiracy. Even the furry denizens in the fields and boroughs have a thing or
two to say about these peculiar humans.

Incomparable author Rita Mae Brown returns
to the glorious hills of Virginia and its genteel foxhunting society, where how much
money you have in the bank is not nearly as important as how long your family has
lived on the land-and where nearly everyone has something to hide. As Sister muses,
"The little secrets leak out. The big ones, well, some escape like evils from Pandora's box. And others we'll never know."

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Rita Mae Brownis the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series;A Nose for JusticeandMurder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day;andSix of One,as well as several other novels. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.

Praise for Rita Mae Brown

The Hunt Ball

"The hunt must go on, its grace and glory personified by the foxes, hounds and horses that provide these thrilling scenes with their on-the-ground perspective."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Score another triumph for [Rita Mae] Brown-and for 'Sister,' who helps run another two-legged predator to ground."
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

Full Cry

"A great ride with heroine 'Sister' Jane Arnold."
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"A quality tale that is over all too soon."
-Charleston Post and Courier


"Dashing and vibrant . . . The reader will romp through the book like a hunter on a thoroughbred, never stopping for a meal or a night's sleep."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Brown combines her strengths-exploring southern families, manners, and rituals as well as the human-animal bond-to bring in a winner."


"A rich, atmospheric murder mystery . . . rife with love, scandal, anger, transgression, redemption, greed, and nobility, all of which make good reading."
-San Jose Mercury News

"Compelling . . . engaging . . . [a] sly whodunit [with] a surprise finish."

Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages

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