by Stephen Johnson
This story is set amid the greyhound racing scene in Melbourne. It is full of action involving murder with a chainsaw, poisonous snakes, bodies crammed into greyhound starting boxes, the activities of a TV investigative journalist crew, and a prisoner scratching a record of the passing days on the wall of her prison.
The scenario is complicated by a protest group seeking to end greyhound racing.
Kim Prescott, a reporter for the Spotlight, receives an anonymous tipoff that live baiting is still occurring in Melbourne, so she and crew go to the old gold mining town of Steiglitz, hoping to find evidence. What they do find crammed into a greyhound starting box is a body savagely butchered with a chainsaw. Other murders take place as the story unfolds.
The book shows the inner workings of a news office in the Melbourne television industry, on one hand and the characters who make up the dog racing fraternity on the other. It shows a close knowledge of the greyhound racing industry, Melbourne and the surrounding district.
The author uses short chapters, rapidly changing scenes, and characters that develop as the story builds to a climax. The story is very fast paced and contains a lot of detail forcing me to pay close attention to the book.
I liked the book and would recommend it to all.
Author: Stephen Johnson
Publisher: Clan Destine Press
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