By riding a dark horse into the history books, charismatic female jockey, Arielle LaSalle, spares her father from financial ruin, but in turn brings a killer to his door.
Bred true, former Dubai racing celebrity, Napoleon, should have been a prolific sire of winners. However, in the hands of stud master, Trent Winnings, the fabled stud fails to successfully settle, time after time. The reckless investment threatens to bankrupt the illustrious Pandora Estates stables.
With three unexplained murders at a rival nearby breeding farm, the Hunter Valley local police wonders how Chantilly Farms’ proud owner, Will LaSalle, has ever crossed paths with a member of the notorious Cosa Nostra, now bent on revenge.
With her family honour and reputation at stake, Arielle is left with no choice but to call upon a man she has spent a decade forgetting. With betrayal and blackmail suddenly on the agenda, the emerging scandal is prone to turn the racing industry on its head.
To save her future, Arielle will have to choose between compromising the Sport of Kings for generations to come and burying her deadly secrets in the burning desert sands.
A Darker Horse is Carline’s third novel.