Photo Finish-John McEvoy

Photo Finish

John McEvoy

Poisoned Pen, Jun 5 2012, $24.95

ISBN 9781464200151

 

County Cork bookmaker Niall Hanratty calls his friend Jack Doyle in Chicago.  He asks Jack to become an agent to seventeen year old Irish jockey Mickey Sheehan, who Niall says is as talented as her brother Kieran except she won’t throw races.  Though he has no experience as an agent, he’s been around the track too many times and is between gigs so Jack agrees.  He meets Mickey and her older sister Nora at O’Hare while Jack reels from the fact his client is a girl.

 

Jack introduces the sisters to trainer Ralph Tenuta at nearby Heartland Downs. The trainer has problems with his fired highly functional mean-spirited alcoholic veterinarian Eric Allgauer who also seems to desire destroying Ingrid McGuire, known for her communication skills with horses.  Jack and his friend mob connected Moe Kellman buy Plotkin who is ridden by Mickey.  Meanwhile someone is drugging the horses leading to Jack investigating to insure his jockey on his horse has a safe successful ride in the million dollar Heartland Downs Futurity.

 

The latest Jack Doyle turf mystery (see Close Call and The Significant Seven) is an entertaining amateur sleuth with the prime concentration on the track.  Fast-paced, fans will know Jack is a sure bet as he looks into the threats to his friend Ralph and the drugging scandal while his tender relationships with the Sheehan sister soften the in your face protagonist.

 

Harriet Klausner

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