book cover of Steamroller


(A book in the Nikki Latrelle Racing Mystery series)
A Novella by

"STEAMROLLER; A Nikki Latrelle Short Story, by the author of multiple award winning and award nominated novels, including FLAMINGO ROAD, Winner of the Dr. Tony Ryan $10,000 Award for Best Book in Horse Racing Literature.

Ruled off Maryland's Laurel Park racetrack, for a crime she had no part in, jockey Nikki Latrelle struggles to survive at a seedy training track, where a convicted murderer terrorizes a young Latina groom. Faced with clearing her name, the last thing Nikki needs is to get involved. But she's never been one to stand by and watch somebody else be abused.


"First-time novelist Hill, herself a Maryland horse breeder, is a genuine find, writing smooth and vivid descriptive prose about racetrack characters and backstretch ambience that reek authenticity." - Jon L. Breen. Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, February, 2011.

"The gritty, exciting Full Mortality by Sasscer Hill . . . a thrilling, eye-opening read written by a former steeplechase jockey who now breeds racehorses. Hill knows what she's writing about." - Betty Webb, Mystery Scene Magazine, Winter Issue 2011

"When Nikki Latrelle swings into the saddle and takes the reins, all we can do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Hill takes us into the stables; she lets us smell the sweet clover and timothy and yes, the sweat and manure, too; and she sets our hearts pounding as Nikki races to find a killer. This is a major new talent and the comparisons to Dick Francis are not hyperbole." --Margaret Maron, New York Times Best selling author and winner of the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards.

"If you like the work of Dick Francis or Sue Grafton, you will like Sasscer Hill. With a true insider's knowledge of horse racing, Hill brings us Nikki Latrelle, a young jockey placed in harm's way who finds the courage to fight the odds and the heart to race for her dreams." - Mike Battaglia, NBC racing analyst and TV host, veteran track announcer, and "morning line" odds maker for the Kentucky Derby.

"Nicky is one of the most appealing fictional characters I've ever met. You are rooting for her every inch of the way. The descriptions of backstretch life are enchanting."
- Lucy Acton, Editor, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred.

Genre: Mystery

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June 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: STEAMROLLER (A Nikki Latrelle Short Story)
Author(s): Sasscer Hill
Publisher: Wild Spirit Press
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