Sunday, August 11, 2013
19. Nice Fillies Finish Last by Brett Halliday
Here, Shayne's gambling buddy and reporter gets a hot tip on the carriage races from a usually reliable stable hand. It's a complex affair involving betting on three races in the day. The reporter convinces Shayne to come out with him at two in the morning to meet the stable hand and back him on the tip. The guy doesn't show up and the two guys write it off as a bum tip. Until the stable hand shows up dead, of alchohol poisoning. This leads us into a complex mix surrounding a wealthy stable owner, his wife and a satyr-like jockey (and several other characters). There is some dark stuff here, especially at the end, as the true nastiness of what already was kind of a nasty relationship is revealed. There is some good action too. My only problem is that I don't know anything about gambling on the horses and the complexities surrounding the betting and the scams behind it were lost to me. Nevertheless, this filly rode well and I look forward to future installments.