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James "Kip" Joule
Icily applauding every conflict between bone-deep isms, Death inexorably
beckons from a front-row seat. Someone's killing jockeys and scaring hell out
of the rest of them.
"Retired" FBI operative "Jace" Maxwell pondered a possible nationwide
connection between the deaths of several topnotch jockeys. Then, Enrique
Mendoza's horrifically mutilated corpse is pulled from a reservoir in the
Midwestern town of Mercury. Instinctively, the local police force's lone
detective, Lt. Bob Huber, brims with vengeful territorialism. Even so, he
quickly realizes that his department is ill-equiped to skillfully investigate the
heinous nature of this seemingly lead-free crime and gladly accepts
Maxwell's offer of help. Blending into the barn area at Mercury Downs as a
stable groom and hot-walker, Maxwell discovers that Mendoza's murder is
likely linked to the only winning ticket for a $1.72-million Twin-Trifecta
Assuming that Mendoza's murderer also is responsible for other jockeys'
deaths, Maxwell and Huber profile a psychological trap to lure the
remorseless killer back into the Mercury area. The trouble is, their plan must
involve a gallery of track-side women and men whose contributions are vital,
but which could involve a fate as maliciously Mendoza's.
Unbeknownst to anyone, Richard Pierce, known as The Talon, had decided
that the "Mendoza job" would be his last. Yet, antagonized by internal
perfection and uncompromising self-esteem, he wrestles with returning to
Mercury to put his indelible stamp of fear on those who seem bent upon
defying his previous message. Evisioning this to be but a brief detour before
vanishing forever, The Talon cunningly presumes that he can be more open
and reckless than ever before.