A murder mystery that takes place at a Greyhound race track.'Private eye, Jay Stock, uncovers a plot to sabotage the greyhound racing industry. Who is stealing racing dogs? Follow Stock as he weaves his way through the elaborate world of greyhound racing. Murder resulting.
The author was kind enough to send me a copy of this in return for an honest review.
I replied to him by e-mail earlier today with my thoughts on the book......(spoiler alert)
Thanks for your patience, I finally finished yesterday and to be honest whilst there were some aspects of the story I enjoyed I wasn't really engaged by the novel. Apologies if this isn't what you hoped to hear but I'm guessing you would prefer a bit of honesty rather than me blowing smoke up your ass.
It kind of seemed caught between two places whether it was an investigation into missing greyhounds or an investigation into who killed Harry. The greyhound aspect had some decent elements but I didn't especially care about what happened in truth. When the casino/betting aspect was introduced it improved things, but it was a bit late in the day for me.
The murder of Harry perhaps would have been a more interesting story but it didn't have enough prominence for me. Not knowing the victim when he died meant I didn't particularly care for him. If I didn't care for him, I then needed to be interested in whoever was investigating the crime. There was no portrayal in depth of the police inquiry which didn't particularly realistic, but then if the story was primarily about greyhounds that might explain it, in which case Harry's murder was a distraction for me. I know the two tied in together, but who is going to care about dogs when someone has been killed. Donovan's character had mileage but we didn't see enough of him for my liking.
Our main man Jay, suffered in my opinion from the lack of a back story and history, as a result he didn't really have much depth or substance for me.
Most interesting element was the initial animosity between Jay and Donovan which would have added some tension to the tale if this aspect had been developed. By the end though the relationship had appeared to have changed totally which didn't seem that plausible to me as there was no real explanation for why Donovan's opinion of Jay had mellowed.
Sorry to be so downbeat about the book, but I can't kid on that it was fantastic when in my opinion it wasn't. Far from the worst book I have ever read, as I was minded enough to see how you resolved things, but like I say not great. 2 from 5.
A bit of an awkward e-mail, but at the end of the day it's only my opinion. I open up every book hoping to be blown away and it doesn't always happen, even when reading established authors. I hope my criticisms can be viewed as constructive as opposed to negative. Do I regret reading this book? Not really, you never know how things will turn out unless you give them a chance.
There's 3 reviews for this up on Amazon.com.
5 star - Well developed characters and awesome plot.
5 star - A book where the dogs get rescued by humans
3 star - Clever plot, This author shows Promise.
They could be right and I could be wrong.