Praise for Riders Down...
"McEvoy has created a winning protagonist...and suspense enough to make the blood race like a stakes-winning sprinter." -Booklist starred review
"Horse racing has always attracted a wide range of colorful characters, and McEvoy portrays them all with an obvious affection and a sharp eye." -Publishers Weekly
Why have some of America's best jockeys begun to intentionally lose races? Was the death of 92-year-old Bernard Glockner, Chicago's oldest active bookmaker, suicide or murder?
Those are the questions facing Matt O'Connor, a Chicago-based columnist for a national horse racing newspaper. Soon, Matt is deep into an investigation of what he believes are races whose outcomes have been manipulated for the benefit of a few.
Helping Matt in this puzzling venture are horse trainer Maggie Collins, Dave Zimmer, and a professional gambler known as "The Fount" for his reputation as an encyclopedic source of information. Who is the brilliant sociopath behind these crimes?
John McEvoy, former Midwest Editor and senior correspondent for Daily Racing Form, is the author of several non-fiction books on thoroughbred horse racing, including the award-winning Great Horse Racing Mysteries. Riders Down is his second novel and his first standalone mystery. McEvoy and his wife Judy live in Evanston, IL.