B R E E D E R S
a crime novel
When tough, self-made thoroughbred owner Pat McGoohey hires African American Len Thomas as his trainer, he breaks with ancient protocol, taking Len across the color line, setting off a rapidly accelerating adventure of crime, racing and race.
Len Thomas likes being the only black thoroughbred trainer anyone ever heard of, but Pat McGoohey is one rough, tough, unethical owner. Lacking good ponies, he’s obsessed with having his top mare bred with a champion stud owned by Kentucky blue-blood Dixie Dixon, whose weakness is her clever Creole confidante and lover, Holly St. Cyr. Len falls hard for Holly and breaks some rules to win in Saratoga, impressing oil billionaire Sheikh Lakham.
When McGoohey approaches Dixie for her stud's services, she humiliates and insults him, enraging the impulsive, dangerous owner, who presses Len to get hold of that super-sperm however he can. It all blows up, with Len in jail and wingman Paco on the lam with the juice and one jump ahead of the law. When Holly leaves Dixie for Len and springs him from jail, it leads to a showdown in Mexico, complete with Sheikh, a bent Federale, true love, and a huge bluff that works.
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READERS ARE SAYING ...
Bjarne Rostaing delivers the goods. He knows horse racing — and, more importantly, he knows people. From the racetrack to the back streets of L.A., BREEDERS zings with flavor and flair. A strong debut novel from a writer who we should be hearing a lot more from.
-- C.E. LAWRENCE
Author of Silent Slaughter and Silent Stalker
BREEDERS is a breathless sexy ride through crime, love, race, class and cold blooded competition. Kentucky money meets New Jack City in Rostaing’s journey through the American psychosis of success, money, power. Then ruthless agendas meet head-on with a big bang when a smart New Orleans Creole woman gets it together with a talented Boston Black man to beat the odds.
-- RAJEN PERSAUD
Author of Why Black Men Love White Women
BREEDERS negotiates the razor’s edge of suspense thriller and prescient satire with tongue-in-cheek aplomb. The pace is sharp, and Rostaing's deft treatment of his bizarre cast of race-track characters is simultaneously affectionate and corrosively funny.
— KEVIN BARTELME
Author of The Great Wall of New York and Let Them Eat...Rubbish
Rostaing's handling of character, suspense, setting, and social issues places BREEDERS in a special category of crime fiction.
— MICHAEL SEGEDY
Author of EMMA and Hampton Road