- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: Wildside Press (April 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1434441962
- ISBN-13: 978-1434441966
- Source: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
- Rating: 4.5/5
Literary star Sasscer Hill's legion of fans who have been chomping at the bit for another Nikki Latrelle Racing Mystery need wait no longer! Hill's latest spellbinding suspense story, The Sea Horse Trade, takes readers to South Florida for a wild ride on the dark side, mixing horse racing, a mysterious drug kingpin, prostitution, and a mother's brave search for the daughter she was forced to give up at birth. When Nikki works the January meet at Gulfstream Park near Miami, something about racehorse owner Currito Maldonista worries her. Bad enough she's expected to handle Maldonista's evil-minded colt, Diablo, but Nikki begins to suspect Maldonista may be a Colombian drug lord. Worse yet, could he be abducting underage girls and forcing them into the sex trade? Nikki's world and Maldonista's collide when Nikki's oldest friend, Carla Ruben, comes to Florida to find Jade, the teenage daughter she gave up for adoption years ago. Jade's adoptive parents are dead, and the exotically beautiful girl is missing. Could Maldonista be involved? Nikki and Carla put their lives on the line to find out! A thrilling new racing mystery from the author of Full Mortality and Racing from Death!
Wow! She's done it again. I've only read pieces of her other works, but when I did I loved her amazing craft with words. This book doesn't disappoint- even if I read it in manuscript format which is big and clunky.
This is a fast paced book. I mean, you're totally thrown into the world of Nikki and the insane things she seems to get herself sucked into. And I swear, I would never work with a horse called Diablo. I mean it is like saying that the beast is a devil.
The entire time you're reading it, it's like you're a horse in a race for your life and the only way to slow the world down is get to the end- but then you're just left wanting more from the writer.
Hill really knows what's she's talking about. She's obviously taken the time to research and invest in her characters. I really love her character arcs and I really love how it's done in first person. I'm a big fan of that. I write the same way.
I recommend this for those that love a good mystery, suspense, thriller, book of awesomeness.
Author Sasscer Hill has been involved in horse racing as an amateur jockey and breeder for most of her life. Now that she has turned to writing, it is only natural that her first two mystery novels are about horse racing.
Hill has a rich history as an amateur steeplechase jockey, horse farm owner, and has ridden in fox hunts for 22 years. For some 30 years Hill owned and operated a horse breeding farm in Maryland where she raised thoroughbred horses. Among the best horses she bred and raised was For Love and Honor which won $418,000 in New York racing at Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct.
Hill's love for horses is deeply inbred over a long lineage tracing to Samuel Ogle, colonial governor of Maryland in the mid-1770s. Samuel Ogle is credited with bringing horse racing to North America, staging the first English-style race at Annapolis, Maryland in 1745. Ogle imported Queen Mab, part of the first pair of English-bred Thoroughbreds imported to the colonies. Queen Mab was a gift from Lord Baltimore presented when Ogle travelled to England in 1745.
Her love of horses, experience in steeplechase racing, knowledge of horses and writing style has prompted many book lovers and critics to compare Hill with the famous British horse racing mystery writer, Dick Francis.
As promotions director for an academic publishing house, Sasscer Hill produced textbook catalogs for direct-mail to more than 250,000 academicians, libraries and other users. Her first novel, Full Mortality, was nominated for both the Agatha and Macavity Best First Mystery Awards.
Born in Washington, D.C., Hill earned a BA in English Literature from Franklin and Marshall College and now lives with her husband in Aiken, SC.