Blind Switch: A Jack Doyle Mystery

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Poisoned Pen Press, 2004 - Fiction - 278 pages
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Desperate Jack Doyle accepts a sketchy job which leads to a deadly game of fixing horse races and murder—of the four-legged kind.... One-time amateur boxer Jack Doyle, an irreverent and rebellious advertising account representative, goes to work one fine Chicago day and finds his desk—and his job—both gone. A two-time loser at the marriage game as well, Doyle, usually ultra-confident, fishes himself out of a bottle to take stock, realizing, “with a thumping finality, that Life sure as hell did have his number and was crunching it.” At loose ends, Doyle accepts a most unusual offer from an acquaintance, Moe Kellman, “furrier to the Mob,” to fix a horse race. The context of making the deal, a Cubs game at storied Wrigley Field, sets the tone for the drama that follows. Thus begins a chain of events that will lead the FBI to Doyle’s door where they “coopt” him into a quest after people who are maiming or killing thoroughbred horses for their insurance values. Their number one target is a loathsome media mogul who can’t bear to lose at anything. Built upon recent factual events, spiced with satire and peppered throughout with engaging loonies, Blind Switch is a noteworthy first novel with a hero forced to ask in its ultimate line, “Where have I gone right?”

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Fired from his corporate job, Jack Doyle agrees to help fix a horse race for $25,000. Then, supposed pals steal his payoff, he's reported to the FBI, and, consequently, agrees to work with them on ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

John McEvoy, former Midwest editor and senior correspondent for Daily Racing Form, is the author of five previously published non-fiction books on thoroughbred horse racing, including the award-winning Great Horse Racing Mysteries. He has also published a book of poetry. This is his first novel. McEvoy and his wife Judy live in Evanston, IL.

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