Choker: A Ike Schwartz Mystery (Hardcover)

A Ike Schwartz Mystery

By Frederick Ramsay

Poisoned Pen Press, 9781590586358, 279pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2009



Nick Reynolds, his pilot's rating barely a month old, drops off the radar one 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. While on vacation nearby, Picketsville, VA, sheriff Ike Schwartz is approached by Charlie Garland, an old friend from his CIA days, 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 important, just before his disappearance, Nick had placed a puzzling call to Charlie. Ike's wide-eyed entry into a simple missing persons case soon catapults him into an international investigation with intimations of terrorism that could threaten the nation and its leaders. Meanwhile, back in Picketsville, The Rev. Blake Fisher and Acting Sheriff Frank Sutherlin must sort out the mystery of the missing communion silver and a possible occult group operating in the high school.

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 Ike Schwartz Mystery

"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