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In the first two books, Warned Off and Hunted, there are only hints about Eddie’s past. He has been secretive and sensitive about any questions on family and childhood. From the authors’ viewpoint, this was pretty much unplanned. Joe and Richard were keen to get on with plot-driven, fast-paced tales; they gave little thought to how Eddie might develop as he grew older. It was time to pay more attention to character and ease off on pace in the appropriate places.
Joe McNally had carried a frightening childhood memory for a long time. Something had happened when he was ten-years-old – not to Joe, to his cousin – and it had come back to Joe regularly over the years and he used it to give Eddie the defining moment of his young life. That event not only fashioned Eddie’s future and his outlook – a thirst for redemption and for justice for everyone, especially those who could not stand up for themselves – but it became the key driver in the plot of Blood Ties.
The story opens with Eddie back on track and with enough money to have invested in a partnership in a small stud farm run by his childhood hero, ex-jockey Martin Corish. Eddie has trusted Corish to run everything at the stud but ne morning a blackmailer calls threatening to make public that the stud has an infertile stallion and is cheating breeders.
Eddie goes looking for Corish, who has disappeared. Eddie’s search for the blackmailer leads him through an ever-widening web of deceit, envy, murder and more blackmail threats. But the discovery that throws him most of all is that his family are involved somehow, perhaps even at the heart of the crime. Does he let the criminals go, or must he surrender a long kept family secret that will kill his father?
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