Narrated By: Tom Weiner
Duration: 7 hours and 44 minutes
What to expect
Seven lifelong friends and racing fans since their university days strike it lucky at Saratoga Race Course when they combine to win a million-dollar race. They use some of their profits to buy racehorses, one of which, The Badger Express, turns out to be a sensational runner, stallion, and moneymaker. Then years later, the men begin dying, one by one, targets of a professional assassin.
The always irreverent Jack Doyle returns to the racetrack, volunteering to aid FBI agents in a search for criminals fixing races and gets involved in the investigation of the murders of the Significant Seven, while also finding himself protecting Renee Rison, the favored daughter of the Significant Seven’s leader, Arnie Rison.
Crime and mystery fiction
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“McEvoy is a racing expert whose knowledge permeates the pages, and, like any good tout, he’s full of amusing stories about horses, bettors, and trackmen.”
“In McEvoy’s fine fourth horse racing mystery, FBI agents persuade reluctant sleuth Jack Doyle to work undercover for a Chicago trainer to discover the culprits fixing races by sponging the favorite, an ugly practice that deprives the horse of enough oxygen to race effectively. Interwoven is the feel-good story of the Significant Seven—seven middle-aged friends who parlayed a huge pari-mutuel win into a small but successful racing syndicate, thanks to the racing and stud career of a horse named The Badger Express…McEvoy is a racing expert whose knowledge permeates the pages, and, like any good tout, he’s full of amusing stories about horses, bettors, and trackmen.”
“McEvoy’s … horseracing thriller starring Jack Doyle again nails the track milieu… Doyle, working with the FBI to identify who is ‘sponging’ horses, stumbles into an even bigger case: the systematic murder of the seven co-owners of a champion horse now earning millions at stud. Both the sponger and the person behind the murders are apparent virtually from their first appearances, but horseracing fans will still find much to enjoy. McEvoy, a former Daily Racing Form columnist, knows the racetrack intimately, and his insider details will keep racing fans turning pages.”