In the third novel of her captivating foxhunting series,
Rita Mae Brown welcomes readers back for a final tour of a
world where most business is conducted on horseback--and
stables are de rigueur for even the smallest of estates.
Here, in the wealth-studded hills of Jefferson County,
Virginia, even evil rides a mount.
The all-important New Year's Hunt commences amid swirling
light snow. It is the last formal hunt of the season;
therefore, participation is required no matter how hungover
riders are from toasting the midnight before. On this
momentous occasion, "Sister" Jane Arnold, master of the
foxhounds, announces her new joint master and the new
president of the Jefferson Hunt. And her choices will prove
to be no less than shocking.
The day's festivities are quickly marred, though, by what
appears on the surface to be an unrelated tragedy. Sam
Lorillard, former shining star and Harvard Law School alum,
lies dead of a stab wound on a baggage cart at the old
train station, surrounded by the outcasts and vagabonds who
composed his social circle at the end of life. No one can
remember when Sam started drinking, but the downward spiral
was swift--and seemingly deadly.
Murder is followed by scandal when Sister Jane discovers
dishonest hunting practices going on in a neighboring club.
Unsure whether to turn a blind eye or report the
infringement to the proper authority, Sister and her
huntsman, Shaker Crown, decide to investigate a little
further, with the help of their trusty hounds. But when
they come a little too close to the staggering truth--and
uncover an unforeseen connection to Lorillard's murder--they
realize they might not survive to see the next New Year's
Intricate, witty, and full of the varied voices of
creatures both great and small, Full Cry is an astute
reminder that even those with the bluest of blood still