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good racing background spoilt by gratuitous sadism and contrived plot
on 29 May 2014
I am very interested in the general "sub culture" of the racing world and always keen to read books where insights into this world forms part of the plot. There is a lot of interesting stuff about the betting sub culture syndicates here. But as so often now, it is spoilt for me by the introduction of gratuitious sadism.. (I would make the same complaint about the Eddie Malloy books by Richard Pitman and Joe McNally). Maybe it is just me, being female, maybe adding this element makes the books sell better to guys who like a strong sadistic element but it does not appeal to me. I do not see why crime in the racing world needs to be sadistic? My other criticism is that the book's plot is rather contrived. It is based on the hero having to go on the run, chased by sadistic killers, and the police are busy fitting him up for a crime he did not commit. Now I can buy that the police are lazy, incompetent and even corrupt, but I don't really buy that they would arrest a guy who reported a murder to them, and then charge him with it and another murder, based on the flimsiest of evidence - the word of a drunk trainer, some unconvincing bits of planted evidence and the fact he did a few months time in the past for getting mixed up with the wrong crowd. On this basis the police decide he must have committed two nasty murders and do not bother looking any further- instead he is set up to take the rap. Sorry I just don't buy it. It is a shame because the writing is very readable.