McEvoy, John

About the author

John McEvoy has written since he was a boy, winning a prize of a pair of cowboy boots for an essay about his father. His mother was a racing fan, and John was hooked after he saw Native Dancer run in 1953. For 33 years he worked for the Daily Racing Form. His first book was non-fiction: Great Horse Racing Mysteries. He now writes crime fiction based in the racing world.

Finding the books
All are still in print.

Links and sources
John McEvoy’s website

Bibliography (horse books only)

Blind Switch

Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2006, 278 pp.

Jack Doyle, once a boxer and now an advertising account representative finds his desk and job gone. He accepts an offer from Moe Kellman to fix a race, and a chain of events begins which leads to the FBI co-opting Doyle into a hunt for people killing off horses for their insurance money.

Riders Down

Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2006, 278 pp.

Matt O’Connor is asked by Moe Kellman to help investigate the death of Kellman’s uncle, a bookie. He is soon involved in an investigation of race fixing.

Close Call

Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2008, 286 pp.

Doyle is hired as publicity director at Monee Park, a racecourse owned by Celia McCann. She is fighting to keep the track going, though is under pressure from her cousin to sell the track to developers.

The Significant Seven

Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2010

In 2002, seven friends get together to bet on the horses. They strike lucky, and their leader, Arnie Rison, persuades them to use some of the money to buy race horses. Their purchase turns out to be a spectacularly fast stallion, worth a fortune at stud. The seven have an agreement that if one of them dies, his share will go to the others. It is now 2009, and the original members are dropping like flies.