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Blind Switch: A Jack Doyle Mystery (Jack Doyle Mysteries #1)

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Desperate Jack Doyle accepts a sketchy job which leads to a deadly game of fixing horse races and murder-of the four-legged kind.... One-time amateur boxer Jack Doyle, an irreverent and rebellious advertising account representative, goes to work one fine Chicago day and finds his desk-and his job-both gone. A two-time loser at the marriage game as well, Doyle, usually ultr ...more
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Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published March 31st 2004)
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Carl Brookins

This novel suffers from a cast of scores of players, many of whom are separately indistinguishable. And, in the end, I no longer cared very much about the hapless protagonist, Jack Doyle, never more than a flawed and at times incompetent human being. I thought the principal FBI duo who twisted Doyle’s arms to get him to be their undercover agent showed remarkable lack of skill in manipulating their prey.

That is not to say there aren’t several redeeming features of this novel. It is very clear th
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Lucinda
Blind Switch (Poisoned Pen 2004) introduces Jack Doyle, an ad-man in Chicago, Illinois, who arrives at work one day to discover that his desk and his job are gone. While sharing his tale of woe with Moe Kellman, an acquaintance at the gym, Doyle is amazed to find himself offered $25,000 to help fix a horse race. Doyle finds that working for a trainer is not as bad as he feared, and actually becomes quite fond of the horses. A month later, the fix completed, Doyle is robbed of both the race-fixin ...more
Oyster
One-time amateur boxer and former ad man Jack Doyle, finds himself fired, divorced, and caught up in the criminal horse racing racket. (Think thoroughbred incapacitation, Tonya Harding style.) When the FBI gets a hold of Doyle, he’s forced to work for the other side.
Robbie
This wasn't bad. The subject matter was different and enjoyable, but I was never quite able to get lost in the plot. Might have been better if it were a little shorter. The ending was great.
Julie
Barely started this one. After reading the blurb in the dust cover, decided I would not be able to read it. Anything having to do with harming animals is not for me!
Robert Van Tuyl
Reluctant Hero but not too hard to figure out the ending... Still fun (except for some of the horse issues).
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John McEvoy, former editor and senior correspondent for Daily Racing Form, is the author of five non-fiction books on thorougbred horse racing, including the award-winning Great Horse Racing Mysteries. Photo Finish is his fifth mystery novel and fourth featuring the adventurous Jack Doyle. One of McEvoy's earlier novels, Riders Down, won a Ben Franklin Award. He and his wife Judy live in Evanston, ...more
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