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Fire Horse (A Coley Killebrew Mystery)

Fire Horse (A Coley Killebrew Mystery)

by Bill Shoemaker
     
 

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Straight from the Winners Circle, the greatest jockey of all time draws on his vast experiences on and off the track to spin this suspenseful mystery starring jockey-turned-sleuth Coley Killebrew. . . .
It all starts when Johnny Rousseau, Coley's partner in the Horses Neck Bar and Grill, finds himself saddled with a little problem named Paula Dresner. Gorgeous,

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Straight from the Winners Circle, the greatest jockey of all time draws on his vast experiences on and off the track to spin this suspenseful mystery starring jockey-turned-sleuth Coley Killebrew. . . .
It all starts when Johnny Rousseau, Coley's partner in the Horses Neck Bar and Grill, finds himself saddled with a little problem named Paula Dresner. Gorgeous, rich, and spoiled rotten, Paula has Johnny twisted around her manicured little finger—but he's not too love-blind to see that she's gotten herself mixed up in some very suspicious business. Coley follows her trail, and it leads him to some peculiar racetrack photos, cut-rate hoodlums making secret nocturnal shipments of high-priced thoroughbreds
. . .and murder. As Coley begins to put the pieces together, things get hotter and hotter. It's a fire that may consume some of the finest horses in the country. And Coley, too. . .
"Shoemaker continues to show a broader streak of fun than Dick Francis, and a more pronounced taste for intrigue...tossing off plot twists like thrown horseshoes."
—Kirkus Reviews
"There's plenty of action and excitement in his story, and it's a wild ride."
—The Waterbury Republican

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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. (Feb.)
Dennis Dodge
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449149744
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/31/1996
Series:
Coley Killebrew Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.86(d)

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