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Too Close to Call (Jay Jessop Racing Thriller) Paperback – 13 Mar 2008
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This is the stuff of classic racing thrillers, with liberal doses of violence and suspense, kidnap and murder. Roe's trump card, though, is the racing. (Racing Post)
You don't want to put it down (Racing Post)
Pacey and innovative, with good characters. (Richard Pitman, Sunday Express)
Another action-packed racing thriller set against a realistic background of what National Hunt racing is really like. (Richard Dunwoody)
A racy read by a racing man! (Toby Balding, trainer)
Praise for Graeme Roe's Previous Novels
Roe succeeds in weaving a tale that keeps you galloping through the pages to find out what happens next.
Races and off-course intrigues provide the thrills in Graeme Roes fourth Jay Jessop thriller, set in the run-up to the Amateur Jockeys ChampionshipSee all Product description
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The characters were all interesting and well portrayed, you could really feel that you knew them exactly. The plot moved fast and the combination of racing and criminal activity intriguing.
One small criticism is it was slightly imbalanced... the first part of the book focusing on racing matters, the bulk of it on criminal activities, and finally a rather quick ending with again token mention of racing to provide a 'happy ending'.
In summary, I can strongly recommend and avid readers of Francis, Francome etc would not be disappointed.
The reader instinctively feels that Graeme Roe knows the racing business inside out, especially the rarified world of the Amateur Jockeys Championship. Plenty of other writers in the genre have at least an equal knowledge of the inside of the sport. What they often lack is Roe's ability to weave his deep understanding of the racing world into the broader canvas of the international underworld.
The pace is as fast as the going on a firm course, with unrelenting suspense.