John McEvoy

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John McEvoy, a former editor and executive columnist for thoroughbred horse racing’s “Bible,” Daily Racing Form, is the author of six mystery novels published by Poisoned Pen Press, High Stakes the most recent, as well as four non-fiction books. Two of his books won Ben Franklin Awards from the Independent Publishers’ Association. He has been a horse owner and is a widely-published poet. He and his wife Judy live in Evanston, IL.


Books by John McEvoy at Poisoned Pen Press

Blind Switch

Blind Switch: A Jack Doyle Mystery #1

Desperate Jack Doyle accepts a sketchy job which leads to a deadly game of fixing horse races and murder—of the four-legged kind…. One-time amateur boxer Jack Doyle, an irreverent and rebellious advertising account representative, goes to […] Read More →

Close Call

Close Call: A Jack Doyle Mystery #2

Ex-amateur boxer and failed advertising account executive Jack Doyle, hero of Blind Switch, returns to the world of thoroughbred horse racing at a suburban Chicago track in this new thriller by the author of award-winning Riders […] Read More →

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High Stakes: A Jack Doyle Mystery #5

Irreverent Jack Doyle has worn many hats, one or two blown off by his irrepressible temper. A former boxer, advertising rep, and publicity man, Jack’s mid-life career has been shaped by the world of thoroughbred horse […] Read More →

Photo Finish

Photo Finish: A Jack Doyle Mystery #4

Chicago racetrack publicist Jack Doyle, former advertising man and amateur boxer, accepts the challenge of a new job in the world of thoroughbred horse racing—that of jockey’s agent. His client is a seventeen-year-old riding phenom from […] Read More →

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Riders Down

No one really notices that a fix may be in until Matt O’Connor, a Chicago-based columnist for a national racing newspaper, gets a call from Moe Kellman, a horse-owning acquaintance. Kellman’s question for Matt: Was the […] Read More →

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5 Responses to John McEvoy

  1. I have to thank you for the efforts you have
    put in penning this blog. I’m hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts from you
    in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me
    to get my own, personal site now 😉

  2. I have also read all of Francis and Francome and just about all English racing mystery writers,so I started with you as the first american racing writer. I have read all but two of yours and will read the remaning soon.

  3. Good afternoon from the UK,
    I have just read; with great interest, Blind Switch.
    As you can see from my website, attacks on horses
    is an area in which which I am interested.
    I was wondering, was the premise – attacks on horses to gain
    insurance money, based upon cases in which you had personal knowledge?
    I would be interested to read any comments you wish to make on the subject.

    An excellent read.

    Thank you for your time.



    Dr Alan F. Jones Phd

  4. Great stuff John. My complete collection of Dick Francis and John Francome is happily joined by your novels. Loved your description of the Sportsman’s Park we all loved

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