When Laine Sullivan, an undercover NOVAS operative, takes a mission in Ireland, she is faced with unraveling the murder of thoroughbred horses. She uses her interior designer cover to work for a handsome, wealthy racehorse owner and breeder, Miles Bourke. He hires her to design a party room in his lighthouse tower on his remote island in Ireland. Her investigation of him turns into a romantic affair that is surrounded by murder, money laundering and drugs. To complicate matters, Laine discovers the “big boys” in the horseracing business may also be behind the “milkshaking” atrocities on the racetrack. As she embarks on her quest for the truth, she questions her sanity when she thinks she sees her dead husband alive. This vision leads her to dangerous implications about his death.
Cliff Carlson wrote:
“This is compelling crime fiction at its best -enormously entertaining. I was sucked in from the first chapter. Burke keeps you turning the pages.”
Geraldine Hempel Davis wrote:
"Blackrock Island, by J. Lee Burke, paints an indelible picture of the characters in your mind, taking you on a fast-paced journey of double dealing, murder and intrigue. There are good ones and bad ones in this book, and Burke metes out the satisfying justice that most of the characters deserve. Once you start reading, it doesn’t take you long to get hooked. The thriller is a good first effort by this budding writer."
You will enjoy and possibly reread a page or two as you will not want to miss a syllable. Mystery, romance, bewilderment, history and more fill this book from first time author J. Lee Burke. The author knows, shares and creates. Here is to her next book.