Shhhhh - this book from a newish Australian author is due out in March so "technically" I shouldn't be mentioning it, but I started reading this last night with a view to getting a review out at the right time. I've got to say I'm really really enjoying this. Set in and around the horse-racing community, it's more than just a "horse racing book" so far.
From the Blurb:
John Punter, professional gambler and amateur private investigator, has seen his fair share of crime and shady dealings, both on the race track and off it. So when the daughter of a bookmaker friend is kidnapped, following hot on the heels of a gruesome murder after an abduction gone wrong, Punter's offer of help is gladly accepted.
I sat alongside Big Oakie White as he hunched over his kitchen table, sobbing. There was a half-empty bottle of Grouse on the table and he gripped a tumbler of the stuff in his cigar-like fingers. He'd been hitting it pretty hard. Can't say I blamed him. In front of him he had a photograph of his daughter Michelle, graduating from Swinburne University four years ago.
Now I promise to stop until the release date (but it really wouldn't hurt for people to be keeping an eye out for this book.....)