FIXED: Female Jockey Turned Novelist Depicts Notorious Mobster in Horse Racing Trilogy

First mystery crime novel launches FIXED trilogy by pioneer female jockey, Paddy Head, reveals South Boston's dark underworld based on real-life mobsters, jockeys and horses.
Spread the Word
Listed Under





April 18, 2012 - PRLog -- Pioneering female jockey, Paddy Head, breaks out of the gate with a horse racing mystery crime novel trilogy, FIXED. The story depicts real-life jockeys, winning horses, and one of the FBI’s most wanted gangsters (now on trial), James ‘Whitey’ Bulger.

“Fixed is a realistic portrayal of racetrack corruption in the ‘70’s, when a young female jockey is plunged into a world of the noble and the nefarious—grooms, trainers, FBI agents and race-fixing gangsters. Paddy Head, a jockey herself, lived this life and portrays it with laser precision.”  ~ Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for Blood-Horse magazine, author of Tales From the Triple Crown and Dr. Fager.

“I could feel the Suffolk Down’s dirt in my face and the reins in my hands again! Her depiction of the era was spot-on; so crooked it was almost straight. Head’s depiction of legendary girl jockeys Denise Boudrot and Barbara Smith so captured the essence of their characters… Truly a wonderful memorial tribute to the lives of those early pioneer jockeys.  Fixed is a delicious mix of suspense story and drama that is accurate, convincing and memorable.” ~ Devi Dawn, pioneer female jockey.

Some jockeys ride for the pay-off, Andy Crowley rides because she can’t imagine doing anything else. On her way to becoming New York’s most acclaimed female jockey, she’s forced to move to a New England track renowned for colourful misfits and “accidental” deaths. After winning the unwinnable, she begins to suspect something’s amiss. When an enigmatic owner insists the newcomer ride his Kentucky colt, she soon discovers how rough the races will get. Unsure who to trust, she’ll have to decide whether she can stay the course to her Derby dreams or get drawn into the dodgy and unpredictable world ruled by South Boston’s mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger.

About the Author
Paddy blazed a path as one of North America’s pioneer female jockeys. Her success is remarkable as her childhood was a landscape in which horses only lived in her imagination. Born in Hamilton Ontario, she served her apprenticeship at Suffolk Downs. Retired from a 20 year career, she uses her animal communication skills to re-school racehorses for their second career. After surviving a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, Paddy was inspired to develop her second passion, writing. She self-published her first novel, Majeek, in 2005, and is now writing the second novel in the FIXED trilogy while training horses for her own personal pleasure. Paddy lives in Abbotsford, BC, with her partner, 7 horses, five cats, including Dolly Button, her feline editor.

FIXED is available at book retailers in paperback ($15.49 ISBN: 978-0973768312) and ebook digital formats for Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo and Sony eReaders ($4.99 e-ISBN: 978-1937563691)

EDITORS: For review copies or interview requests, contact:
Stephany Howarth 604-856-4224  Please use Contact form at
(When requesting a review copy, please provide a street address.)

For online media kit, please visit:

Book Trailer video:

                                                                            - 30 -
Source:Paddy Head
Tags:Novel, Ebook, Mystery, Crime, Fiction, Kindle
Industry:Books, Sports, Arts
Account Email Address Verified     Account Phone Number Verified     Disclaimer     Report Abuse

Like PRLog?
Click to Share