From Publishers Weekly
Former champion jockey Shoemaker follows up his debut outing, Stalking Horse, with another compelling, intricately plotted tale of murder, greed and-of course-the world of thoroughbred racing. Coley Killebrew once again functions as narrator and sleuth; here the ex-jockey is asked by Johnny Rousseau, his Vegas-based co-owner of their L.A. restaurant, to shadow the daughter of Wilton Dresner, a right-wing rant-radio and TV star. Johnny, smitten with Dresner's daughter, is determined to know her reason for delaying their marriage. Coley's discoveries of a blackmail scheme and a murdered photographer lead him to a number of unsavory characters that include members of the mob, right-wing crazies and a somewhat mad scientist, and to an insurance fraud that could kill a number of expensive horses. Further complicating matters is his love for the statuesque Lea, daughter of Raymond Starbuck, a big-time PI who disapproves of the romance-until Coley and Lea come up against the bad guys in a heartpounding climax. Coley remains an appealing character, though,with Starbuck appearing seldom here, readers might wish for more of the latter's high-handedness that enlivened the first book. Once again displaying racetrack expertise to fine advantage, Shoemaker solidifies his position in the winner's circle.
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Former champion jockey Bill Shoemaker, now the busy trainer of a large string of horses despite being confined to a wheelchair, has somehow found time to write his second superb racetrack thriller in a matter of months. As in Stalking Horse
, Shoemaker's hero is banned rider and reluctant sleuth Coley Killebrew. Repaying a debt to his lovestruck partner in the Horse's Neck Bar and Grill, Coley agrees to tail the stunning daughter of an ultraconservative political commentator, only to be led into a web of fraud, blackmail and murder. Horses are being killed for insurance money, and so are snoops who learn too much about the scheme. Coley must expose the entire network of corruption before many more lives, including his own, are lost in a climactic burst of mayhem. Devotees of fast-paced, intricately plotted mysteries will find Shoemaker's latest offering immensely entertaining. Dennis Dodge