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Ex-amateur boxer and failed advertising account executive Jack Doyle, hero of Blind Switch, returns to the world of thoroughbred horse racing at a suburban Chicago track in this new thriller by the author of award-winning Riders Down. With the help of furrier-to-the-mob Moe Kellman, Doyle is hired as publicity director at Monee Park, a struggling suburban Chicago track owned by heiress Celia McCann. Celia is fighting to keep the business afloat while awaiting passage of a law allowing the introduction of lucrative video slot machines at Monee Park. Meanwhile, she is under pressure from her co-heir and cousin, Niall Hanratty, to close the track and sell the valuable property to real estate developers. Working hard to convince Celia to sell are a pair of hired thugs from Chicagoas Canaryville neighborhood. Celia, whose husband is afflicted with ALS, is determined to maintain the business inherited from her beloved uncle Jim Joyce. The exploits of star sprinter Rambling Rosie help Celiaas cause, as do the efforts of the redoubtable Doyle, again a somewhat reluctant knight errant who rises to the occasion when needed. Written from an insideras viewpoint, and featuring a robust cast of offbeat characters, Close Call provides entertaining insight into the unique world of American horse racing with a climax as exciting as a Derby photo finish.

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John McEvoy, former editor and senior correspondent for Daily Racing Form, is the author of five previously published nonfiction books on thoroughbred horse racing, including the award-winning Great Horse Racing Mysteries. Photo Finish is his fifth novel and fourth featuring adventurous protagonist Jack Doyle. One of McEvoy’s earlier novels, Riders Down, won a Benjamin Franklin Award. He and his wife Judy live in Evanston, IL.                          www.Johnmcevoyauthor.com

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In McEvoy's so-so third horse-racing mystery (after 2006's Riders Down), failed ad man Jack Doyle, introduced in 2004's Blind Switch, is happy to land a gig as public relations director for Monee Park, a struggling thoroughbred racetrack south of Chicago. He soon finds himself smitten with the track's beautiful owner, Celia McCann, who's struggling to keep Monee Park afloat and tend to her husband afflicted with Lou Gehrig's disease. Proposed legislation that would allow the installation of video slot machines could save Monee Park, but Celia's co-heir, scheming Irishman Niall Hanratty, is determined to make sure the deal falls through. Confronted with Niall's goons—hired to sabotage the track and force Celia to sell the property to real estate developers—Jack realizes he's stepped into the middle of something bigger than horse racing. McEvoy sounds the right notes, but he did a better job of capturing the flavor of the racing world in his previous two novels. (Mar.)
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