From Champion Jockey at 22 to down-and-out at 27, Eddie Malloy is bitter and desolate, reduced to living in an ancient caravan working for a tyrannical horse dealer. Estranged from his family and the sport he loves, Eddie cannot forget or forgive the racing authorities for believing false allegations of horse doping against him which robbed him of his riding licence.
With another miserable Christmas looming, Eddie's discovery of murder victim Danny Gordon in the racing capital of Newmarket offers him a perilous path to the resurrection of his career. He must balance that ultimate reward against the risk of becoming a victim of Gordon's ruthless killers.
Racing's own police are too afraid to take on these killers; for them Eddie Malloy is dispensable. They also know he can be tough and ruthless when fighting for what he believes in.
Eddie's alone in the world now, if he dies trying to get his life back, who will care?
Written by ex-top jockey and BBC commentator Richard Pitman and racing journalist Joe McNally, Warned Off is the first in the series of seven mystery crime thrillers by the duo.
Warned Off sees the debut of Eddie Malloy, who features in six more of Richard and Joe's novels. The book has been rewritten and moves along at an even faster pace now.
We hope you enjoy Warned Off which also contains an excerpt from book two in the Eddie Malloy series, Hunted.
Richard and Joe
About the Author
Joe McNally has been involved with horse racing all his life. As a teenager he devoured Dick Francis novels while starving himself in the hope of keeping his weight low enough to begin a career as an apprentice jockey. It soon became apparent the fasting was in vain.
From those early stable-lad days, Joe stayed in touch with the sport through various jobs in the industry. In the mid 1990s he was marketing manager for the Grand National before becoming commercial director of Tote Bookmakers.
A native Scot, Joe lives with his wife Margy in Rothesay on the wonderful Isle of Bute where he now writes full-time.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Voice is pretty solid, and the author has a good ear for dialogue. I thought the pace of the story could have been a bit slower, drawing the reader a bit more first before launching into the investigation.
Enjoyed very much.