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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John McEvoy  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1936 in Kenosha, Wisconsin

-- Website --
-- John McEvoy on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

McEvoy has lived in Evanston since 1966. His novels all have Chicago settings.

Biographical and Professional Information

John McEvoy is a former journalist.

Published Works

  • Through the Pages of Daily Racing Form, Daily Racing Form Press, 1995
  • Great Horse Racing Mysteries, Eclipse Press, 2000
  • Women in Racing, Eclipse Press, 2001
  • Round Table, Eclipse Press, 2002
  • Seabiscuit, Eclipse Press, 2003
  • Blind Switch, Poisoned Pen Press, 2004
  • Riders Down, Poisoned Pen Press, 2006
  • Close Call, Poisoned Pen Press, 2008
  • The Significant Seven, Poisoned Pen Press, 2010
  • Photo Finish, Poisoned Pen Press, 2012
  • High Stakes, Poisoned Pen Press, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

Great horse racing mysteries :
ISBN: 158150103X. OCLC Number:

Eclipse Press,. Lexington, Ky. :. 2003.

Women in racing :
ISBN: 158150067X. OCLC Number:

Eclipse Press,. Lexington, Ky. :. 2001.

Round Table /
ISBN: 1581500726. OCLC Number:

Eclipse Press ;. Lexington, Ky. :. 2002.

The Seabiscuit story :
ISBN: 158150098X. OCLC Number:

Eclipse Press :. Lexington, Ky. :. ©2003.

The amazing rags-to-riches story of 1930s hero Seabiscuit is chronicled in the pages of the country's most respected horse magazine.

Blind switch /
ISBN: 1590582764. OCLC Number:

Poisoned Pen Press,. Scottsdale, AZ :. 2006.

In an attempt to put his life back together, Jack Doyle accepts an offer from a mob-connected acquaintance to fix a horse race, only to find himself working for the feds to stop a scheme to kill thoroughbred horses for their insurance value.

Riders down /
ISBN: 1590582586. OCLC Number:

Poisoned Pen,. Scottsdale, AZ :. 2006.

"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."--Jacket.

Close call /
ISBN: 1590587723. OCLC Number:

Poisoned Pen Press,. Scottsdale, AZ :. 2010, ©2008.

Jack Doyle is hired as the publicity director at Monee Park, a struggling race track owned by Celia McCann, but Doyle soon discovers that Celia is being threatened by thugs who are pressuring her to sell the valuable property to real estate developers.

The significant seven /
ISBN: 1590587154. OCLC Number:

Poisoned Pen Press,. Scottsdale, AZ :. 2010.

In 2002, seven college friends hit the lottery, buy a race horse, and win a fortune. The leader of the friends, Arnie Rison, instigates an agreement: if one of the seven friends dies, the others assume his share down to the last survivor. In 2009, someone's offing the "significant seven" one by one, and ad man-turned-investigator Jack Doyle finds himself protecting Arnie's daughter Renee.

Photo finish /
ISBN: 1464200157. OCLC Number:

Poisoned Pen Press,. Scottsdale, AZ :. 2012.

Chicago racetrack publicist Jack Doyle, former advertising man and amateur boxer, accepts the challenge of a new job in the world of thoroughbred horse racingthat of jockeys agent. His client is a seventeen-year-old riding phenom from Ireland named Mickey Sheehan, who has decided to try her luck in the States. They prove to be an effective team until someone begins secretly administering dangerously illegal medications to horses, affecting race results -- Publisher.

High stakes :
ISBN: 1464202761. OCLC Number:

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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 midlife career has been shaped by the world of thoroughbred horse racing and dark deeds therein. So it's no surprise when two FBI agents he's sleuthed with before pressure him to identify an animal activist who is carrying out "mercy killings" of retired race horses donated to Midwestern university veterinary schools. Plus two Chicago senior citizens are being threatened by an imperious Internet millionaire intent on owning their beloved horse. Then a call comes from Ireland where the life of Jack's friend Niall Hanratty, the noted bookmaker, is under attack from an unknown enemy. Meanwhile Doyle's nemesis Harvey Rexroth, the rapacious media mogul Jack helped put into federal prison, enlists a fellow inmate, a mob-connected attorney, to have Jack killed. Carrying out this contract will be W.D. Wiems, a brilliant, frighteningly warped University of Kansas student who has eagerly launched a career of murder for hire. Fast tracking, Jack visits vet schools while juggling pieces of investigations near home and traveling twice to Ireland where his quest to find Hanratty's enemy takes him to Kinsale, Connemara, and a Dublin slum. Meanwhile the vicious contract killer is, all unknown, tracking Jack ...


Benjamin Franklin for

Riders Down


Great Horse Racing Mysteries

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

In the Chicago area and southern/central Wisconsin, email Upcoming book signings of

High Stakes

are scheduled for

  • 1 p.m. January 11 at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm Street in Winnetka
  • 1 p.m. February 15 at Centuries & Sleuths, 7419 W. Madison Street in Forest Park