Monday, November 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books presents award-winning author and St. Louis native, Virginia Slachman, who will sign and discuss her new book Blood in the Bluegrass.
Harper had put the past behind her. Or so she thought. Fleeing the flashy, high dollar world of Kentucky horse racing for NYC, she’d been content living the life of a successful painter. But escape isn’t an option after the accidental death of her sister sends her back to The Bluegrass, a horse racing world filled with drugs and corruption. As the body count rises at Eden Hill, Harper becomes convinced her sister’s death was no accident. Probing more deeply, Harper discovers Paris’ death is tied to a dark and deadly secret, one that’s killing her racehorses. Finding the reason behind her sister’s death and saving her family’s stud farm will take every ounce of Harper’s wit and courage. When seven skeletons are discovered on her property, and the barn with her best Kentucky Derby prospects is set on fire, Harper bears down to find the killer. The problem is, the culprit could be anyone: Is it JD, her childhood sweetheart, Marshall, their long-time trainer, or is it their nasty neighbor Red Cole, in partnership with her family for generations? Someone is on a killing spree, and though Harper doesn’t know why, she is sure of one thing—the murderer is someone she’s known and trusted her whole life.
Horsewoman and novelist Virginia Slachman, captures the essence of why devotees of Thoroughbred racing are so enraptured by the majesty, courage, and sensitivity of the animal. The author has crafted a fast-paced tale of mystery, highlighted by drugs, murder, love, and family, against a backdrop of Bluegrass traditions. Action packed from the get-go and filled with unique characters, the book is hard to put down as it races headlong at full speed to the finish line.
Virginia Slachman spent many years as an award-winning poet and college professor before launching into a career as a memoirist and novelist. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, she traveled to Los Angeles and then Aspen following college to discover life outside her Midwest roots. Poetry led to Ph.D. studies at the University of Cincinnati and a long, successful career in the college classroom teaching literature and writing.
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Blood in the Bluegrass from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.