THE DARK SIDE OF TOWN by Sasscer Hill

THE DARK SIDE OF TOWN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The sport of kings is sullied by underhanded dealings.

Fia McKee may have left the Baltimore PD under a cloud, but she’s redeemed herself by uncovering a nasty scheme at Gulfstream Park (Flamingo Road, 2017) while working for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau. Now she’s undercover as hot walker Fay Mason at the historic racetrack in Saratoga, New York, where she’s taken a job with trainer Mars Pizutti, who’s suspected of dirty dealings, filing fake workout times, and using steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. In the wake of a jockey’s suicide, Mars seems to be putting pressure on his new jockey, Stevie Davis, to throw some races his horses should win. Also undercover is Fia’s colleague from the TRPB, drop-dead sexy Cuban-American trainer Calixto Coyune, the son of a wealthy coffee mogul, who conceals his investigation by working as an assistant trainer and plans to get close to Fia by romantic overtures she’s all too eager to accept. Fia’s problems are intensified by a call from her brother asking her to meet with their mother, Joan Gorman, a woman who left her family behind 17 years ago to marry a wealthy racing enthusiast with a summer home in Saratoga. Fia resists because she’s bitter over being deserted and then left completely alone by the death of her beloved father, a trainer whose murder has never been solved. When she and Calixto attend a cocktail party at the Gorman house, they spot several disreputable characters, and Fia finds her stepfather's partner, Matt Percy, dead in a bathroom. The investigation goes downhill from there. The involvement of the New York mob spells danger for Fia, who’s never been known for holding back.

Sound racing lore mixes with sex and murder to provide a blood-soaked edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Pub Date: April 17th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-250-09701-9
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Minotaur
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2018




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