Home on the Range - Jamie ReidMainstream, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans a little otherwise a very well presented copy.
From the cover: “The range in Jamie Reid’s new novel is not the American prairie but the racetrack badlands of Ireland and Britain, a world of predatory betting rings and smoke-filled bars where cowboy punters and cynical bookies battle with one another for money and pride.
Connor ‘Doc’ Mulcahy, a charismatic professional gambler, fears that his independence may be at risk from the empire-building plans of ruthless bookmaker Don Quastel. Quastel believes that all Irishmen are compulsive losers who cannot tell the difference between a dead cert and a dead loss and can be bullied and pushed around accordingly. The ‘Doctor’ is determined to teach the Englishman a lesson by means of a spectacular betting coup to be carried out at Ascot racecourse, the most conservative racetrack in Britain. To further his ends he plays upon the sympathies of John McFayden, a gifted but troubled Scottish racing correspondent who has grown weary of the pettinesss and snobbery of the English turf.
On a restorative visit to Dublin and the northwest of Ireland, McFayden falls under the spell not only of Doc but also of his sexy and romantic wife Marie, a woman whose refreshingly unruly temperament has defied the ambitions of many other men. McFayden agrees to play a crucial part in the Irish coup. But the bookies are not the only forces who are out to thwart Doc Mulcahy and for everyone involved the events on Ascot Heath are destined to move inexorably towards a powerful and dramatic climax.
Home On The Range is a sharply realised and richly atmospheric novel by an exciting talent already recognised for his informed and imaginative grasp of the racing and gambling milieu.”