Thursday, March 31, 2011
Bullet Work-Steve O'Brien
Someone is hurting, even killing racehorses. When letters are delivered to everyone on the backside of the track, demanding money in order to stop, some people pay immediately and some are outraged and refuse to be extorted. Poison, shooting, broken legs, on the beautiful animals, convince nearly everyone to pay. Security is tightened, but the chaos continues.
Dan Morgan is an attorney/owner who loves his horse. When he meets A.J. a strange young man, who is being bullied mercilessly by some of the other backside men, he discovers the boy has a secret. He can communicate with the horses. He is a whisperer. Together, they must find out who is extorting the horsemen, and put an end to the damage being done to the horses they love.
O'Brien brought to life the sounds, feelings, and beauty, as well as the ugly, dirty, gritty sides of horse racing. I found a great respect for the beautiful animals I have only seen on TV, whose love of running is a part of them.
I really, really liked this book! It brought to life something I have only imagined, in a thrilling and exciting way. Well done, Mr. O'Brien!
I received this book from The Cadence Group for review.