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Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2001
Some interesting stuff about dog racing, although Trocheck does not sound an enthusiast for the sport. Poverty-stricken retired journalist Truman Kicklighter and nineteen year old waitress Jackleen are great characters, and so are some of the others (although a few stereotypes).My problem was with the plot. The central idea of a computer program so certain to produce wins at the dog races that three murders are committed for it was implausible. I was not even sure if this was the central plot. An Alzheimer victim is falsely accused of murder. Kicklighter is afraid of being evicted from his SRO hotel. His daughter is dating a cop. His grandson is kidnapped. A fake evangelist is swindling elderly victims. All these sub-plots are stitched together by coincidences and the action is punctuated by gunplay.