Come join us at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to listen to John Mc Evoy and Jack Fredrickson discuss their latest Jack Doyle Race Track Mystery, Photo Finish and Dek Elstrom Mystery, Hunting Sweetie Rose. They will then sign copies of their books purchased at C&S.
Former advertising man, amateur boxer, and track publicist Jack Doyle undertakes a new job in the world of thoroughbred horse racing as a jockey’s agent. His client is a seventeen-year-old feminine riding phenom from Ireland named Mickey Sheehan, who has decided to try her luck in the States. They prove to be an effective team until misadventure occurs as the result of someone secretly administering dangerously illegal medications to horses. In his quest to identify the culprit, the shrewd, irreverent, and always opinionated Doyle is aided by his old friend 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. Jack and Moe become co-owners of a talented, bargain-priced colt named Plotkin, who provides several thrills, not all of them welcome. Mickey’s sibling rivalry with her occasionally race-manipulating brother Kieran, one of Ireland’s top jockeys, comes to a climax with Mickey aboard Plotkin in the million dollar Heartland Downs Futurity. The primary setting is the Chicago area racetrack Heartland Downs. Other major scenes take place at New York’s famed Saratoga Race Course and aboard Mob chieftain Fifi Bonadio’s lavish yacht in Chicago’s Belmont Harbor. Doyle is sometimes mistaken but invariably persistent 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 as an amateur investigator in the world of American racing.
About the Author
John McEvoy, former editor and senior correspondent for Daily RacingForm, is the author of five previously published nonfiction books on thoroughbred horse racing, including the award-winning Great Horse Racing Mysteries. PhotoFinish is his fifth novel and fourth featuring adventurous protagonist Jack Doyle. One of McEvoy’s earlier novels, Riders Down, won a Benjamin Franklin Award. He and his wife Judy live in Evanston, IL.
"Jack Fredrickson is one hell of a writer. This is a book that satisfies on every level."--William Kent Krueger Sweetie Fairbairn, the doyenne of Chicago society, is known for big-hearted philanthropy and magnificent soirees in her penthouse high atop one of the city’s premier boutique hotels. Dek Elstrom is hired by a mysterious man in a long limousine to investigate the death of a clown. Was it suicide—or murder? What is the connection between the dead clown and Sweetie?
About the Author
JACK FREDRICKSON'S first Dek Elstrom mystery, A Safe Place for Dying, was nominated for the Shamus Award for Best First Novel, and his second, Honestly Dearest, You're Dead, was a March 2009 Pearl Pick. His short fiction has appeared in the acclaimed Chicago Blues and in Michael Connelly’s Burden of the Badge anthologies. He lives in Chicago.