Someone is torturing and killing high-stakes players in the horse-racing world; all signs point to an animal activist gone rogue. But San Diego CSI Holly Jennings knows better. She's seen enough violence in her time to know the difference between a killer bent on revenge and a killer seeking sheer destruction.Read more...
Someone is torturing and killing high-stakes players in the horse-racing world; all signs point to an animal activist gone rogue. But San Diego CSI Holly Jennings knows better. She's seen enough violence in her time to know the difference between a killer bent on revenge and a killer seeking sheer destruction.
To stop him, Holly must venture beyond the gleaming facade of jockey silks and Derby hats into the seedy underbelly of the racing world, where ambition and greed trump ethics and fair play, and people will do anything--even kill--to win. But just when she thinks the killer is within her reach, a ghost from the past returns to threaten it all: her case, her job...and her life.
- ISBN-13: 9781611099638
- ISBN-10: 1611099633
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
- Publish Date: August 2013
- Page Count: 318
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
Series: Holly Jennings Thriller
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-06-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Some readers of Alexander’s second Holly Jennings thriller (after 2013’s Daddy’s Home) may have trouble taking seriously a female police investigator who says things like: “trust me, boys, we have stumbled onto a tangled mess. Woman’s intuition.” Holly, a former San Diego PD detective now working CSI, investigates the murder of two jockeys, who were shot to death and left with carrots in their mouths. The case takes her to L.A., where the body of movie producer Marvin Tieg, who owns race horses, has been found at his Hollywood home with a carrot in his mouth—though instead of shooting Tieg, the killer touched a fine blowtorch flame to the victim’s legs, a cruel method used to treat equine leg injuries. Occasional short chapters about horses will interest horse lovers, but don’t help the narrative flow. And describing “a good guy gone bad” as having “once been so high the president would have had to look up to him” is the sort of hyperbole that undermines plausibility. (Aug.)