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Racing at Virginia's beautiful Colonial Downs turns into a nightmare for jockey Nikki Latrelle. A sociopath is selling diet cocktails...and killing jockeys who struggle to make racing weight. To make matters worse, Nikki and her exercise friend Lorna hear strange noises echoing in the nighttime woods, and a burned body turns up on the road outside the track. Could these events be related? Nikki's unease turns to dismay when bad-boy Bobby Duvayne mesmerizes young Lorna with his raw sexuality and a dangerous supply of drugs. A hidden meth lab, an old family secret, a body buried years ago in the woods, and Lorna's sudden disappearance pull Nikki into a race against death. An exciting new racing mystery from the Agatha and Macavity Award-nominated author of Full Mortality!
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The characteristics and personalities in horse racing are an endless source of inspiration-the risk, the beauty, the speed, the endless opportunities for skulduggery, and the extraordinary Upstairs Downstairs quality of the people who inhabit the life. Picture the winner's circle, a poverty-level groom holds a hundred-thousand-dollar horse for a trainer who may be living large, or only hand-to-mouth. With them stands the rich or possibly almost-broke-owner who may also be a white-collar criminal. Or he might enjoy a golden life of lofty social status. Think of the jockeys. Watch them make the sign of the cross before they risk their lives once again to mount thousand-pound animals who race in a mob at speeds up to 40 miles an hour. And the horse. He might be sore, or tired, but still, he digs deep into his soul to find the heart and courage to pull out a win. I've seen it all. I've never wanted to write the great American novel. I believe my job is to entertain with stories about chasing a dream, fighting the odds, and helping the helpless. I want to create a world that's a bit scary, sometimes funny, always informative, and a reliable destination for escape.From the Inside Flap:
Early praise for Racing From Death:"When Nikki Latrelle swings into the saddle and takes the reins, all we can do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Hill takes us into the stables; she lets us smell the sweet clover and timothy and yes, the sweat and manure, too; and she sets our hearts pounding as Nikki races to find a killer. This is a major new talent and the comparisons to Dick Francis are not hyperbole." --Margaret Maron, New York Times Best selling author and winner of the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards."RACING FROM DEATH is only the second in the Nikki Latrelle series, and already I consider intrepid jockey Nikki, her redheaded sidekick Lorna, and her loco horse Hellish old, favorite friends. Great characters, great action, and as for the setting, Hill could be the next Dick Francis. It's that authentic." - Julie Smith, winner of Edgar Best Novel Award and best selling author.
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