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The Resource Outfoxed, Rita Mae Brown

Outfoxed, Rita Mae Brown

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Outfoxed
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Outfoxed
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Rita Mae Brown
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eng
Summary
In a mystery set in the high-class and tradition-bound world of Virginia foxhunting, the murder of a candidate for the coveted "joint-master" leaves many suspects among the social climbers vying for the position
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  • Fans who've delighted in Brown's earlier books, especially her Sneaky Pie series, will thoroughly enjoy her latest. Set in Virginia's hunt country, the story features an engaging cast of southerners of both the two-legged and four-legged variety. Sister Jane Arnold has been master of the Jefferson Hunt for 40 years. She knows it's time to choose a successor, but the choice is a difficult one. Should she pick Fontaine Buruss, a longtime Virginian who's squandered the family fortune and philandered his way across the county, or Crawford Howard, a blunt-talking Yankee who's wealthier than Croesus but "not one of us" ? Before Sister can decide, however, Fontaine is murdered during the year's biggest hunt. Crawford is the prime suspect, but Sister suspects he's not the killer. With the help of her four-legged friends, Sister lays a trap for the real murderer, whose identity, when revealed, is a shock to everyone except Sister, who instinctively guessed the truth. Packed with fascinating details about horses, hounds, and hunts, Brown's book also explores the vagaries of human nature at its best . . . and worst. The antics of the anthropomorphic foxes, horses, hounds, cats, and dogs are as entertaining as those of the humans, especially because the animals are often the wiser ones. A quirky, adventurous, intriguing read. ((Reviewed October 15, 1999)) -- Emily Melton
  • Set in Virginia's foxhunting country, Brown's latest, anthropomorphic mystery will appeal mainly to devoted fans of her animal-centric Sneaky Pie novels (Cat on the Scent, etc.). Jane Arnold, septuagenarian master of the venerable Jefferson Hunt, is preoccupied, Lear-like, with the question of succession. Whom should she train as joint-master of the foxhunting club: the philandering lightweight Fontaine Buruss, or the philistine Yankee millionaire Crawford Howard, who promises to save the club from financial ruin? While the two unworthy candidates vie shamelessly for the post, Jane (known locally as Sister, despite her matriarchal stature) must also cope with the personal travails of other club members, especially the Franklins, whose two beautiful daughters have become "coke whores." Then, in the middle of the season's opening hunt, Fontaine is found murdered, a fate that rattles Sister not half so much as the simultaneous discovery of a murdered red fox. As the foxes note appreciatively in their subterranean parallel universe, "Sister is one of us"; they also pontificate on human nature, the environment and other species ("Groundhogs have no sense of aesthetics"). Horses, foxhounds and Sister's pet cat Golliwog also hold forth for chapters at a time (Golliwog on why she reads Sister's books: "It's the best way to enjoy an uninterrupted conversation with the best human minds from any century"). Brown, herself a dedicated Virginia foxhunter, clearly knows her fascinating terrain, as well as her steely, charismatic protagonist. But few grown-up readers will buy her depiction of the animal kingdom as a benign world in which furry critters chatter philosophically, while bumbling humans commit savage acts. Author tour. (Jan.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
  • Best-selling author Brown (Rubyfruit Jungle; Venus Envy) places her newest intrigue in the middle of Virginia fox-hunting country. When 70-year-old Jane Arnold, master of the prestigious Jefferson Hunt Club, sees the grim reaper crossing a field, she knows that it's time to choose a joint-master to secure the future of the club. The two rivals for the position are Crawford Howard, a crude Yankee outsider with money greatly needed by the club, and Fontaine Buruss, a popular local with good Southern manners and a taste for women and cocaine. On opening day, one of these candidates is murdered, and Jane realizes that the culprit is a club member. Though the plot moves somewhat slowly, anyone interested in fox hunting will be pleased with the clarifications of hunting terms and the descriptions of the hunters themselves, who range from nature lovers to social climbers. Brown fans and animal lovers will also enjoy. For all public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/99.]--Patsy E. Gray, Huntsville P.L., AL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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017574
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Brown, Rita Mae
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3552.R698
LC item number
O97 2000
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Jane Arnold series
Series volume
1
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  • Arnold, Jane (Fictitious character)
  • Fox hunting
  • Virginia
Target audience
adult
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Outfoxed, Rita Mae Brown
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volume
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rdacarrier
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Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
409 pages
Isbn
9780345428189
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(alk. paper)
Lccn
99044243
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • 42022425
  • 330634
Label
Outfoxed, Rita Mae Brown
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
409 pages
Isbn
9780345428189
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
99044243
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 42022425
  • 330634

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