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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Hotwalker" by Rick Neumayer.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Meet Jim Guthrie, a 40-year-old private investigator living in Louisville, Kentucky. He saves Libby Fontaine from a stupid boat accident; as a result, he gains a new pro bono client. Libby’s friend, Carlos Rojas, is a hotwalker from Guatemala who wants to find out who killed his father one year ago. For your information, a hotwalker helps horses to cool down after a race.

The investigation leads the protagonist to Churchill Downs, the horse racing complex where Felipe Rojas, the victim, worked as a groom. Jim has a wide range of suspects, starting with Felipe’s colleagues, like Juan Diaz, a drinker with a history of domestic violence. Herb Alexander (a rich guy with financial problems) and Freya Hall, the attractive veterinarian, are not excluded. One thing is certain—the crime is related to the thoroughbred horse racing business.

I loved the way Rick Neumayer created the mystery and built the suspense in this engaging novel. The writer let me follow the clues without revealing the killer, so I felt like Jim’s partner. The setting was actual; it mentioned the pandemic and Biden’s new policies. Nevertheless, I found some interesting facts about the horses. They prefer having smaller animals around, like goats or cats, but they dislike dogs. The book was very informative about the Kentucky Derby and the entire racing industry.

The author has a great sense of humor, and he poured it into the main character. For instance, after “absorbing a beating,” Jim “eased out to the porch with the grace of an arthritic octogenarian.” I also enjoyed the numerous artistic and cultural references. You would not expect a former cop such as Jim to paint as a hobby. However, expressing his feelings on a blank canvas help the protagonist deal with his emotions.

This captivating book will appeal to fans of crime mystery, investigations, or fast-pacing thrillers. Read the book if you want to discover what it takes to be a good jockey, a trainer, a groom, or a hotwalker. It might be unexpected, but the art lovers will encounter some pleasant surprises along the way. The author also included some insights regarding the immigration policies and the dire situation of the immigrants.

Hotwalker by Rick Neumayer gets a rating of 4 out of 4 stars because it is a very captivating read. There was nothing I disliked about the novel, and I only found several minor errors. It was my favorite type of book: entertaining and instructive, with a touch of humor inserted in the perfect moment.

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The review is insightful and informative. I never knew that there were persons to cool down horses after the race.
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I want to find out what's the "stupid boat accident". The plot is so unique. Thanks for the great review.
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Poojitha Borra wrote: 13 Sep 2021, 01:20 The review is insightful and informative. I never knew that there were persons to cool down horses after the race.
I am glad you learned something new from my review :). Thank you for your feedback!
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Unosthetic wrote: 13 Sep 2021, 01:33 I want to find out what's the "stupid boat accident". The plot is so unique. Thanks for the great review.
I am sure you will enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by!
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I would like to embark on this journey with Jim to find out who killed Felipe Rojas. I didn't know there was even a name for the profession of cooling down the horses! :o This seems like a good book. Thanks for the lovely review.
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So much to learn from a single book! Thank you for such a good review! :D
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Ruchi Raina wrote: 13 Sep 2021, 04:09 I would like to embark on this journey with Jim to find out who killed Felipe Rojas. I didn't know there was even a name for the profession of cooling down the horses! :o This seems like a good book. Thanks for the lovely review.
Safe travels! :) Thank you sharing your thoughts and commenting!
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The frant1c reader wrote: 13 Sep 2021, 06:45 So much to learn from a single book! Thank you for such a good review! :D
The author did a great job, indeed. Thank you for your kind visit!
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I love books where the author injects humor such as here. I hadn't heard of a hotwalker. That's fun. Sounds like an appealing book. Thanks.
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Thanks for the review. I am very interested in finding out what I can learn about horse racing from this book. I also want to find out who killed Felipe.
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The Author did justice to this book. The attachment of a crime scene to a house business is one hell of an imaginary act.
This book will be thrilling to read.
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This seems a really interesting book. I never knew that there are people who help horses cool down. It totally amazed me. Other than that, this book is a crime mystery investigation thriller which I would love to read. Thanks for the insightful review.
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This sounds like amazing, your description of the book, the setting and high praise for the authors ability to insight readers makes this an appealing story. Thanks for the exiting recommendation.
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kandscreeley wrote: 13 Sep 2021, 07:59 I love books where the author injects humor such as here. I hadn't heard of a hotwalker. That's fun. Sounds like an appealing book. Thanks.
Humor should not lack in any book :). Thank you for your feedback!
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