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John McEvoy's First Novel: Blind Switch

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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. At loose ends, Doyle accepts a most unusual offer from an acquaintance, Moe Kellman, "furrier to the Mob," to fix a horse race. The context of the deal, a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, sets the tone for the drama that follows. Thus begins a chain of events that will lead the FBI to Doyle's door where they co-opt him into a quest for people who are killing thoroughbred horses for their insurance values.

(Poisoned Pen Press 2004. Trade Paperback 2006)

"The smells and sounds of the racetrack, the ballpark (in this case Wrigley Field) and the boxing ring leap off the pages... If you have any interest in the sports McEvoy so expertly dissects, you'll probably wish the sequel was waiting on the nightstand."


"Bound to be compared to the novels of Dick Francis, though McEvoy may be a little broader and sunnier than Francis... A mesmerizing, all-too-human protagonist... a playful tone and exceptionally lively language."

-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review)

"Always interesting subject matter (shades of Dick Francis) and an admirable protagonist."


"...As deftly written as it is entertaining and informative about the business of racing."


"Well-drawn characters, subtle humor, and a tightly written plot full of chilling suspense."


Blind Switch is available from Poisoned Pen Press, Amazon, and other major bookstores.



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