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A Ike Schwartz Mystery

By Frederick Ramsay

Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590586358, 279pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2009


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 disappearance. The missing pilot was engaged to Charlie's niece and the family is not dealing well with the lack of closure. More importantly, Nick, just before his disappearance, had placed a call to Charlie moments leading him to conclude something more than pilot error might be involved in the disappearance. Ike accepts the assignment as a favor to Charlie and also because vacations do not work for him. Ike's wide-eyed entry into a simple missing person's case catapults him into an international thriller a la Robert Ludlum with intimations of terrorism that might threaten the nation and its leaders. Clandestine operations, angry watermen, and out of place dredging spoil complicate Ike's efforts to unravel the mystery.

About the Author
Dr. Frederick Ramsay was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia and received a doctorate from the University of Illinois--Westside Medical Campus. After a stint in the Army, he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and also served as an Associate Dean. In 1971 he was ordained an Episcopal priest. Now retired from full-time ministry, he lives in Surprise, Arizona, with his wife and partner, Susan.

Praise For Choker

"a high-concept technothriller with a folksy touch and lots of local color, a winning combination that ought to delight Ramsay fans and win new ones." --Booklist

"Ramsay never writes the same mystery twice, and with each book the reader learns more about the intrepid and capable Ike. Here the author combines a Tom Clancy-like knowledge of ground-to-air missiles with a Robert Ludlum-like spy adventure to leave the reader awaiting the next Ike Schwartz."  --Library Journal starred review

"A fast-paced thriller that's quite a departure from Ramsay's Picketsville mysteries" --Kirkus Reviews