Cactus Jack

Cactus Jack

by Brad Smith


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** A delight from paddock to finish line." —Booklist (STARRED REVIEW) **

Brad Smith “rivals Elmore Leonard at his best” (Publishers Weekly). His latest novel, f
or fans of Richard Russo and Jane Smiley, is a terrific novel about a thirty-something single woman, the untried colt she inherits, a horse crazy little girl, and their band of misfits and has-beens who stick it to the establishment in the cutthroat world of horse racing.

Billie Masterson is a thirty-something chronic underachiever, drowning herself in alcohol and bad relationships in Ohio. She hasn’t been home to the family’s broken-down thoroughbred farm in Kentucky since college. Her mother committed suicide when Billie was a teen and she blames her father, Will Masterson. When Will drops dead while working on the farm, Billie returns to rural Kentucky for the funeral, intending only to pay her respects before high-tailing it back to Ohio. However, she’s informed by her father’s lawyer, the garrulous David Mountain Clay, that she now owns the farm...and all the debt that goes with it. Determined to sell everything, settle the debts and get out of town, Billie discovers that her father’s colt, a horse named Cactus Jack, is the object of obsession for billionaire Reese Ryker, the louche scion of a department store dynasty and now owner of Double R Racing, one of the top thoroughbred stables in the world. Billie is willing to sell everything to Ryker—until she realizes that he’s an entitled misogynist and a not-so-subtle racist. Against her better judgment, she decides to keep the farm and the untested horse. To do that she needs to race the animal—and beat Ryker at his own game. Assisted by a team of misfits, including a washed-up trainer with whom she has a bit too much history, the horse-crazy little girl next door, and her father’s ex-girlfriend, Billie and Cactus Jack take the track by a storm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950691456
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 06/16/2020
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 238,173
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Internationally acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Brad Smith is the author of twelve novels, including THE RETURN OF KID COOPER, winner of the 2019 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America; ONE-EYED JACKS, shortlisted for the Dashiell Hammett Award, and ALL HAT, adapted to a feature film starring Keith Carradine, Luke Kirby and Rachael Leigh Cooke.
Smith’s writing draws on his wellspring of experiences working across Canada, the U.S.A., and Africa at a variety of jobs—including railway signalman, carpenter, bartender, truck driver, ditch digger, school teacher, farmer, maintenance electrician and roofer. He now lives in a 90-year-old farmhouse in southern Ontario.

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