THE MARQUIS DE FRAUD by Philip Reed
Epic Press - May, 2001
ISBN 0970872208 - Hardcover
Reviewed by Susan McBride, MyShelf.com
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Take one part Dick Francis and stir in another part Elmore Leonard, and you'll get an idea of what Philip Reed's new novel, THE MARQUIS DE FRAUD, has in store. A caper that involves stolen money and horses, not to mention revenge and murder, there's plenty of meat here for fans of medium-boiled mysteries.
A down and out horse trainer named Cliff Dante is mulling over how to pay of his debts and get back his wife when a friend named Dan Van Berg introduces him to Malcolm M. Ravling. Ravling seems to be a real go-getter, a man who's made millions for himself--and apparently for others. His mild manners and Scottish accent only add to his image as a bon vivant. So Cliff puts his future into Malcolm's hands. Before he knows it, his palms turn up empty and Malcolm's gone.
Determined to recover what's rightfully his--including a two-year-old thoroughbred that was his last chance at redemption--Cliff goes after Malcolm, wanting more than his money. The plot moves along at a fast clip, from the racetracks of Santa Ana to the back streets of Glasgow.
For readers game for a rambunctious ride,
THE MARQUIS DE FRAUD is a sure bet.
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