Blood Lies

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At fifteen, Edward Falk Whysse, called Ted, fled his family’s magnificent Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding farm, Holyhead. He fled as well his vengeful infatuation with Lucky, his father’s beautiful young wife.

Now, eight years later, Ted returns to Kentucky not to make peace with his dying father, nor to contest his sister Jean’s claim to the farm. Nor will he contest Lucky’s ownership of Holyhead’s most spectacular creation, the Triple Crown winner Kite. Instead he comes to pay homage to his best friend, premier jockey Alejo Asolo, who died when his Lexington horse-country home burned down.

The police quickly realize who Ted is and report him to his sister and to Lucky. Jean’s cold, but not so Lucky. Ted’s father’s will gives her the right to live at Holyhead, but Jean hates her. War is coming. The boy who was infatuated with her is a man now, and she has uses for him.

Ted struggles with allegiances as the police conclude Alejo’s death was murder and their investigation begins to implicate the residents of Holyhead, especially Lucky. For Ted, shielding Lucky if she’s guilty will buy her, spiting his father’s ghost.

But what part did Lucky play in Alejo’s murder? Does she know what Alejo was up to that got him killed? Every truth Ted learns digs him deeper into heartache and betrayal. When someone tries to kill Ted, is Lucky behind it, trying to shut him up? But what does he know that could cost him his life?

Slowly he begins to piece together the threat Lucky lives under—and the secret Alejo died for and that Lucky thinks Ted is about to uncover. Ted sees in the blood lies surrounding Lucky the weapon he’s been coveting, the one that will conquer all she stands for: his own hated past, his own failures. His desperate attempt to claim her triggers the climax that finally forces him to deny his own blood lies before they destroy him.