Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Secretariat Reborn-Susan Klaus

Secretariat Reborn

Susan Klaus

Oceanview, Oct 1 2013, $26.95

ISBN 9781608090945

His mother tells her son Christian Roberts that his father Hank is dying from lung cancer and wants to see him. Though estranged from his dad since his parents’ divorce, Chris drives through Ocala to Citra and on to Make A Wish farm. Hank explains to his son what happened in 1985 Kentucky before giving Chris control of his Triple Crown dream and information on a colt that happens to be a clone of Secretariat.

Though Chris loses his thoroughbred to avaricious trainer Ed Price, he begins to seek funding for his Secretariat Reborn venture. Mobster Vince Florio lends him the money, but Chris fears the price may be too exorbitant as he becomes a mule picking up illegal drugs in the Gulf.

This engaging crime caper is at its best at the track and stables as Susan Klaus provides a refreshing premise and a fabulous lead. The mobsters come out of casting 101 and the added tsuris of the protagonist’s lunatic ex-girlfriend detracts from the otherwise very entertaining horseracing storyline.

Harriet Klausner

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