Photo Finish: A Jack Doyle Mystery
Here's a fun read from local author John McEvoy. Photo Finish is the fourth installment in McEvoy's Jack Doyle Mystery series where the protagonist is a former advertising man, amateur boxer, and race track publicist now turned thoroughbred jockey agent. His new client is a 17-year-old Irish riding phenom Mickey Sheehan. Much to Doyle's surprise, Sheehan turns out to be a girl. Her brother, Keiran, is Ireland's top jockey turned jet-setting bad boy, so Mickey comes to the States to escape her brother's negative influence and try her luck on her own. Doyle and Sheehan are a winning combination until a malicious culprit starts injecting their horses with a dangerous illegal doping medication. Jack Doyle sets out to find the culprit while maneuvering plot twits like a thoroughbred on the racetrack.
Set in a fictitious racetrack located in the Northwestern suburbs of Chicago (sound familiar?), Photo Finish is chock full of fun thoroughbred racing details, descriptions and history. Author and Evanston resident Jon McEvoy is former editor and senior correspondent for Daily Racing Form, so he knows of what he writes. This book is labeled a mystery as the genre, but there is really no mystery to the story since we know who the protagonist is and what his motives are. McEvoy's previous installments to this series have received 5 star reviews, but this one falls a bit short of the mark. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable and quick read.