horse racing -- fiction

True Betrayals

By Nora Roberts

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A romantic thriller set in the world of horse racing. It begins when Kelsey Byden discovers her mother--supposedly dead for 20 years--is in jail for killing her lover. The mother owns a racing stable in Virginia whose neighbor is handsome Gabe Slater. Kelsey and Gabe's meeting leads to rivalry, love and murder.

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The Black Stallion

By Walter Farley

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Shipwrecked on an island, young Alec Ramsay and a dangerous stallion must rely on each other to survive. Once rescued and back in New York, Alec, with the help of a retired trainer, try to get the half-wild horse ready to compete on the track.

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Death of a Sunday Writer

By Eric Wright

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"Lucy Trimble Brenner, middle-aged, part-time librarian, has sought refuge from a crumbling marriage by establishing a bed-and-breakfast in the sleepy northern Ontario town of Longborough. When a distant relative suddenly bequeaths her his ailing Toronto detective agency, Lucy soon enough finds reasons to suspect that her relative's death, despite appearances, may not have been natural or accidental at all.

"Throwing caution aside, she begins to investigate Trimble's operations and comes into contact with the raffish world of horse racing and its fringe characters, some quaint, others sinister. When finally brought to light, Trimble's journals prove to be part fact, part fiction, and it becomes progressively more difficult to determine whether or not their hints of danger are false or all too real.

"Meanwhile, to earn a living Lucy takes on as her first client a man who wants her to tail his agoraphobic wife on her occasional mysterious forays into Toronto's nightlife. And seasoned investigator Jack Brighton hires her to locate the missing legatee to a handsome fortune left him by his English mother, a case that leads to a squalid rural farmhouse and a fifty-year-old mystery."

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Come to Grief

By Dick Francis

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Ex-jockey Dick Francis brings back one of mystery's most intriguing heroes, one-handed Sid Halley, in his newest bestseller. When Halley becomes convinced that his friend Ellis Quint--one of the racing world's most beloved figures--is responsible for a shocking crime, he finds himself the target of the public's wrath--and finds that proving his friend guilty could be dangerous.

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