The dark side of town / Sasscer Hill.

McKee, now officially employed by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TPRB), is sent undercover to Saratoga Racetrack to investigate Mars Pizutti, a racehorse trainer whose horses' wins are suspiciously lucky--and lucrative. Fia's bosses believe Pizutti's success is based on illegal drugs and...

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Main Author: Hill, Sasscer.
Published: New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Series: Hill, Sasscer. Fia McKee mystery.
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Review by Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Hill brings an insider's knowledge (she was an amateur steeplechase jockey who bred, raised, and rode horses for more than 30 years) to the world of high-stakes racing and accompanying crime. This second in the series (following Flamingo Road, 2017), again featuring Fia McKee, a former Baltimore cop who now works undercover for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB). McKee's current assignment takes her undercover as a hot walker on the track and deep in the stables of the historic Saratoga Racetrack, where the TRPB wants her to keep an eye on a trainer whose horses seem to win far too many races. McKee's almost invisible role as a walker gives her access to overheard conversations and suspicious movements. More than anything, it gives the reader an absolutely gripping view of the many-layered world of the racetrack, where wealthy owners, down-and-out immigrants, and hit-bottom former jockeys work closely with horses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The suicide of a jockey at the track leads McKee deeper into her investigation of the racehorse trainer and his crooked dealings and, of course, McKee's own life is up for grabs. Filled with sense-laden descriptions and ever-tightening suspense, this is gripping mystery fare and a terrific successor to the racecourse mystery world first carved out by Dick Francis.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2018 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Hill's fast-paced sequel to 2017's Flamingo Road takes ex-cop Fia McKee, now working for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, to New York's legendary Saratoga Race Course, where she goes undercover as a stable hand to check out trainer Marzio "Mars" Pizzuti. One foggy morning near a training track, Fia hears a gunshot. An apprentice jockey who had just arrived from South America apparently shot himself dead. This inexplicable tragedy adds further urgency to her investigation of Pizzuti. Rumored to have a penchant for doping horses and blackmailing jockeys, Pizzuti is also alleged to have ties to organized crime. When aspiring jockey Stevie Davis is given his big break, but runs afoul of Pizzuti and his business partners, Fia learns that Stevie and his younger sister have been threatened. After another body turns up, it's game on for Fia and Calixto Coyune, another operative, who's posing as her new paramour. Fans of horse racing and everyone else will find this tale of love, lust, greed, and family ties an enjoyable ride. Agent: Ann Collette, Helen Rees Literary Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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