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At the back entrance to the long, white barn she crouched at the door, quickly used her tension wrench and steel pick on the simple lock, and slid inside the long, dimly lit, one-story wooden building. The corridor ran between stalls housing a couple of Black Angus heifers and a Holstein cow.
She softly walked forward. Her masked face momentarily split in a smile as she inhaled the familiar smell of hay and horse. The lock had been easier to pick than Secretariat in a Fantasy League Race. That was a relief, she thought, as she brushed a trickle of sweat from her forehead, took a deep breath. No noise from the wide metal door either opening or closing, very little from the dark bay mare looking out from her stall at the north end of the barn.
So far, so good. The inquisitive mare twitched her ears in a tentative greeting as the dark-clad figure slowly approached. She watched the visitor with luminous brown eyes above her long face with its large crooked white star. Her racetrack days, when regular attention was paid her by attentive humans, were long behind her. You are not an object of well-earned affection, but of experimentation.
No more, babe, no more. The needle sank deep into the broad bay neck delivering the large dose of phenobarbital. The mare twisted her head away but quickly stopped as the drug took effect. The woman put the needle and syringe into her right jacket pocket.
From the left one, she took out a printed card and quickly entered the stall. In large dark letters, it read:. It was the second time she had left such a message. The heifers and the Holstein swiveled their heads to watch her go. The two had met and bonded there several years before, both eschewing the other exercise areas of what they considered this yuppie-infested club.
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Section 8: Deals with professional issues and risk assessment. Jack Doyle, former advertising man, amateur boxer, and Chicago racetrack publicist, undertakes a new job in the world of Thoroughbred horse racing: jockey agent.
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His client is Mickey Sheehan, a seventeen-year-old female riding phenomenon from Ireland, who has decided to try her luck in the States. She and Doyle prove an effective team, until someone secretly begins administering dangerous illegal medications to horses. In his quest to identify the culprit, the shrewd, irreverent, and always opinionated Doyle gets help from his friends Moe Kellman, furrier to the Mob; trainer Ralph Tenuta, himself the target of a blackmailer; and young veterinarian Ingrid McGuire, a greatly talented horse communicator.
Meanwhile, Jack and Moe become co-owners of a promising, bargain-priced horse named Plotkin, who provides several thrills, not all of them welcome. Then as Plotkin is entered in a big race, the million-dollar Heartland Downs Futurity, the sibling rivalry between Mickey and her occasionally race-manipulating brother Kieran, one of Ireland's top jockeys, flares up and comes to a climax with Mickey aboard Plotkin.
Will the favor he agrees to do for Fifi get him killed, or will it be his persistent push for answers to the horse doping? As an amateur investigator in the world of American racing, Doyle is sometimes mistaken but always dogged in his search for answers.
The challenges he faces in attempting to halt the horse drugging and the threat to Tenuta's life are the most daunting of his colorful career. No one really notices that a certain horse race might have been fixed until Matt O'Connor, a Chicago-based columnist for a national racing newspaper, gets a call from Moe Kellman, a horse-owning acquaintance.
Kellman's question for Matt: Was the death of ninety-two-year-old Bernard Glockner, Chicago's oldest active bookie, suicide or murder? Glockner was Kellman's late uncle, and Kellman, a man familiar with the Chicago mob, wants Matt to check it out. Matt quickly comes to believe that the fate of the bookmaker is tied to a series of races whose outcomes have been manipulated.
His quest is aided by horse trainer Maggie Collins and Dave Zimmer, a professional gambler known as the Fount for his reputation as an encyclopedic source of information. Eventually, going as far afield as Las Vegas, they focus their sights on a brilliant sociopath.
But why would this psycho have plotted a race-fixing scheme? His success is hampered, however, by several incidents which appear to be designed to shut the track down. Although not an investigator, Jack puts the evidence together and is involved in thwarting a series of exciting and suspenseful attempts to destroy the track. Doyle finds himself powerfully attracted to Celia McCann, a situation which is impossible. Zaslow is a fine and noble person; even knowing that, Jack has difficulty in turning off his feelings.
McEvoy did a superb job of developing this particular thread of the narrative; the way that events unfold are realistic and non-cliched. The other thing in the book that didn't quite work for me was the sprinkling of various stories and jokes into the narrative.
Some of them were relevant; but most of the time they didn't relate to the events at hand and seemed to be there because it was something that the author enjoyed.
Some of these side forays went on for several pages and broke up the narrative for me, serving as unnecessary filler. One of my favorite parts of the book was the little character studies that McEvoy created for various secondary characters. He developed wonderful portraits of an old horse owner, a female Mexican groomer, the chef for the jockeys.
They were the most real characters for me! The major characters didn't seem nearly as true to life. In particular, Niall was inconsistent, ranging from nice and thoughtful to evil and greedy and back again.
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Because of John McEvoy's long experience as a racing journalist, there was a sense of authenticity about the workings of the track, a behind-the-scenes view that could only be created by someone who was intimately familiar with the scene. In addition, McEvoy resisted the temptation to follow the expected path for his characters and the plot, which I found very refreshing.
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