Bold Thing

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Micky Brennan used to be a winner - a big-time trainer with a yard full of world-class racehorses and a lifestyle to match. But that was before his stint in prison for drunk driving and manslaughter. Now Micky does whatever he can to make ends meet. Which means hawking feed supplements to former colleagues - until an old friend offers him a job as stud manager at Ballysheenan, a small horse farm in rural Ireland. A farm that just happens to own Sansovino, one of the world's most sought-after stallions. But before...
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Overview

Micky Brennan used to be a winner - a big-time trainer with a yard full of world-class racehorses and a lifestyle to match. But that was before his stint in prison for drunk driving and manslaughter. Now Micky does whatever he can to make ends meet. Which means hawking feed supplements to former colleagues - until an old friend offers him a job as stud manager at Ballysheenan, a small horse farm in rural Ireland. A farm that just happens to own Sansovino, one of the world's most sought-after stallions. But before Micky can make it to the winner's circle again, a few difficulties must be ironed out - such as the extortionists who demand protection money to keep Sansovino in good health. And the freelance gunman on the lam from British authorities in Belfast who arrives in the neighborhood. Is Micky bold enough - and fool enough - to see things through to the end? From the high-stakes world of horse breeding to the bloody permutations of international politics, The Bold Thing takes us for a heart-pounding gallop all the way to the finish line.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This atmospheric mystery outdoes even the Dick Francis tales in its density of horse lore, but it fails to keep up a page-turning pace. Daniel The Devil to Pay slowly and cryptically reveals the events that have led to-the-manor-born Micky Brennan to his lowly position as a horse trainer at a farm in rural Ireland. There the owner's best asset, the breeding prowess of Sansovino, is endangered by blackmailers who may or may not have a political agenda. In the same way that his dad squandered his fortune, Micky has tossed his life away in a bad marriage, illegal substances and finally a prison term for vehicular manslaughter. Released, he tries selling animal feed supplements but is mainly cold-shouldered by old pals. Then he links up with the American woman who owns the old Brennan estate. Micky knows horses, he knows the land and he needs a job. He can't walk away when his boss determines to stand up to the blackmailers, who present the test of will that Micky must pass if he is to have any chance of redemption. Much fine crime fiction has recently been exported from Ireland, including John Brady's All Souls and Thomas Adcock's hallucinatory Drown All the Dogs . Daniel's characters are equally colorful, and his language suitably evocative. But his tale falls short of suspense, his moral imperatives are crudely hammered into place, and the crime itself seems curiously underpowered. Mar.
Library Journal
Horseman Micky Brennan, an Irishman who has recently ``done time,'' confronts remnants of times past when he returns to his birthplace in the employ of the current American owner, a 60-year-old, wheelchair-bound woman. While managing the stud farm and its prize stallion, Micky confronts danger: a renegade Irish assassin, a would-be extortionist, and other unsavories lurk on the sidelines. Finely written prose and a good story should please horse-loving fans and others.
Dennis Dodge
Former jockey and thoroughbred trainer Micky Brennan, fresh from a stint in prison, wants nothing more than to slip into the obscurity of his new job as manager of an Irish stud farm and, by the way, to pull off one of the biggest betting coups in the history of the turf. An extortion demand from the IRA and interference from the sleazy owner of a string of gambling clubs lead to complications, however, and mayhem ensues. Daniel revealed talents for hard-edged prose, complex characterization, and utter authenticity in his first racetrack thriller, "Unbridled" (1990), and he grafted those gifts to intricate plotting in his next effort, "The Devil to Pay" (1993). Those elements are all evident, along with several of the same characters, in his third offering, and there is a more prominent emphasis on moral issues that lends resonance to the whole. Like a rapidly improving colt, Daniel has progressed at a stunning pace and is now well clear of his better-selling rivals in this crowded genre. "The Bold Thing" is Daniel's best book and the best of its kind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316172660
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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