The Jockey's Justice by retired criminal investigator, Michael Phelps, is the second title of his Mike Walsh Detective Novels. There is one thing I learned rather quickly: when a jockey screams for justice, we had better pay attention.
Michael Phelps carried me along for the journey when I began reading about his lead character, Mike Walsh, taking on the case of a murdered jockey. I learned immediately that the jockey's wife and two members of his family were accused of committing the crime.
As Mike Walsh interviewed the wife and her son-in-law, both incarcerated in different Miami prisons, I felt they were falsely accused. As it turns out, Mike Walsh thought they were innocent, too, and I wanted so much to see how he would go about proving it.
The Jockey's Justice took me to a few states and I learned a few surprises, the biggest one convincing me that there was something deadly going on at one of the racetracks.
As Mike Walsh dug deeper to find out the facts, I caught myself asking him questions, even suggesting questions he should ask those he interviewed. I was definitely absorbed insolving the crime and had to see it to the end to find out who was really responsible for committing murder.
Phelps also allowed me, as a reader, to see what it's like living the life of a law enforcement officer - the busy hours involved, regardless of the time of day or night.
I saw Mike Walsh at the top of his game and saw him in the solitude of his home, resting with his German Shepherd dogs whenever he had the chance.
Essentially, I saw and got to know the "human" side of the professional; it endeared the character of Mike Walsh to me even more than if I had only seen him in action.
For law enforcement officers or readers who enjoy a good mystery and want to feel as if you are going along for the ride, I'd definitely take a few moments to learn more about The Jockey's Justice by visiting the book's page on Amazon.
Norma Budden is an avid reader who enjoys sharing her thoughts about the stories she enjoys most right here at Budden Book Reviews.
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