By Jaimy Gordon

A brilliant novel that captures the dusty, darkish, and lovely global of small-time horse racing, the place running shoes, jockeys, grooms and grifters vie for what little good fortune is accessible at a run-down West Virginia tune .
 
Tommy Hansel has a plan: run 4 horses, all greater than they give the impression of being on paper, at lengthy odds at Indian Mound Downs, then seize the handbag -- or funds a chance -- and run sooner than anyone’s the wiser. At his part is Maggie Koderer, who reveals herself powerfully attracted to the attractive, used up animals of the inexpensive tune. She additionally lands within the cross-hairs of prime coach Joe Dale Bigg. yet as information of Tommy’s plan spreads, from veteran groom medication Ed, to mortgage shark Two-Tie, to Kidstuff the blacksmith, it’s Maggie, now not Tommy or the handlers of mythical stakes horse Lord of Misrule, who will locate what is worthwhile in a global the place every thing has a price.  
 

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