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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 coowners of a promising, bargainpriced horse named Plotkin, who provides several thrills, not all of them welcome. Then as Plotkin is entered in a big race, the milliondollar Heartland Downs Futurity, the sibling rivalry between Mickey and her occasionally racemanipulating brother Kieran, one of Ireland’s top jockeys, flares up and comes to a climax with Mickey aboard Plotkin.
From Chicago’s Heartland Downs racetrack to New York’s famed Saratoga Race Course, Doyle is detoured to Mob chieftain Fifi Bonadio’s lavish yacht in Chicago’s Belmont Harbor. 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.
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By jeff on 01-26-15
Excellent Characters and Story
I just finished this 4th book in the series. Loved each one. A strong main and supporting characters make each one enjoyable. The author writes in a similar vein as Dick Francis, but his plots are based around Chicago, IL. Looking forward to his latest work