Mark Daniel Pity The Sinner

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Pity The Sinner

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What would you do if you suddenly found œ80,000 unexpectedly lodged in your bank account? Steeplechase jockey Neil Munrow, in the midst of negotiating a costly divorce settlement with his ex-wife, saw it as a timely and providential gift. When the money suddenly disappears from the account, Neil finds himself blackmailed into betraying not only the code of racing but the unwritten code of friendship as well.

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Good news, bad news. An extra œ80,000 has miraculously sprung up in the joint account that hard-up steeplechase jockey Neil Munrow shares with his voracious ex-wife Katya Jensen. But just hours after Neil's discovered the money was a mistake--the loan he'd sought from racecourse sharpie Daniel Quinn was inadvertently quadrupled--Katya's snatched it. So now Neil, who acknowledges he'd do absolutely anything to protect his two-year- old daughter Polly, is in Quinn's pocket, and a nasty pocket it is. Neil's perfectly willing to throw the races he knows Quinn will suavely request as his due. But when Quinn demands something more--that Neil take out a fellow jockey in an ``accidental'' collision at the track--he and Isobel Dewing, the resourceful solicitor's clerk who's warming his bed, know it's time to stand up to Quinn, his creature Keith Gurdon, and his whole monstrous retinue of thugs, even though Neil has hinted from the beginning that acting the hero will turn him into a murderer. The inevitable showdown comes in the form of a late-night siege of Neil's house--a marvelously overextended tour de force that'll make your hair stand on end. The most formulaic of Daniel's four racing thrillers (Sleek Bodies, 1995, etc.), but in its mounting pace, very reminiscent of Dick Francis's Nerve, the most deeply satisfying of them all. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Daniel (Sleek Bodies) doesn't give us the classic good man gone bad. Instead, he serves a slightly bad man gone a hell of a lot worse who tends to indulge in self-pity. Narrating Neil Munrow is a jockey nearing the end of a decent career in England. Not especially moral, he's been known to throw the odd race. Now he's strapped for cash as Katya, his piranha of an estranged wife, is trying to make off with his daughter and all his worldly assets. Naturally, Neil is suspicious when a solid chunk of money appears in his checking account. He wisely doesn't dip into it, but alas, Katya has no such qualms. Then Quinn, a nasty character operating on the shady margins of the racing circuit, applies the squeeze, and Neil, fearing for his child, starts to do his master's bidding. He throws races and, worse, throws colleagues from their mounts. The dialogue is lushly overblown, but often enjoyably so, as Daniel gives voice to a range of wicked or petty schemers. Narrative problems occur close to the end, as Quinn is revealed as less bad than we first guess and Katya proves to be much worse. Whether this exonerates Neil is doubtful. It's hard to like a guy who willingly breaks all the bones of a good friend. Sinners seldom prosper in mystery novels, but once in a while they appear to muddle through.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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