About the Book:
After the FBI suspends her for bending its rules, Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is looking for a chance to redeem her career and re-start her life.
Sent undercover to a thoroughbred horse track, Raleigh takes on a double life to find out who’s fixing the races. But when horses start dying and then her own life is threatened, Raleigh realizes something bigger—and more sinister—is ruining Emerald Meadows.
She’s never felt more alone.
Her one contact with the FBI is Special Agent Jack Stephanson, a guy who seems to jump from antagonistic to genuine friend depending on the time of day. And she can’t turn to her family for support. They’re off-limits while she’s undercover, and her mother isn’t speaking to her anyway, having been confined to a mental hospital following a psychotic breakdown. Adding insult to her isolation, Raleigh’s fiancé wants them to begin their life together—now—precisely when she’s been ordered not to be herself.
With just days left before the season ends, Raleigh races to stop the killing and find out who’s behind the track’s trouble, all the while trying to determine if Jack is friend or foe, and whether marrying her fiancé will make things better—or worse.
Raleigh is walking through the darkest night she’s faced, searching for a place where the stars shine bright.
This is the third Raleigh Harmon book I've read, and as I said about the other two, the writing is top-notch. Raleigh is an FBI agent who gets good results, but she doesn't always follow the rules, which gets her in trouble with her superiors.
I like the way Sibella Giorello weaves together the case Raleigh is investigating for the FBI and Raleigh's personal life, including her relationship with her mother (who spends this book in a mental hospital) and her relationship with her fiancee. I like the way Raleigh has to deal with the morality of lying, given that she is undercover, and given that, as often happens, lying appears to be an easier way to a good end than what telling the truth does.
One thing I found interesting is that there was a scene in the book where mass was offered at a chapel at the racetrack for the jockeys, and other people who worked there. What I found strange was that incense was used. and, if I remember correctly, some Latin.
While this is classified as Christian fiction, it is on the mild side and shouldn't offend many people.
Since Raleigh's field is forensic geology, soil and rocks help her solve the mystery.
I'd like to thank the folks at Litfuse for making a review copy available. Grade: B+
My Reviews of other Sibella Giorello books: