The Bookmaker by Chris Fraser has a whole new take on the Kennedy deaths. The conspiracy theories aren't wrong, but the source of them is unknown to everyone.
When a small time California bookie is offered a book deal as a way to pay off the debt that one of his clients has accumulated he gets a whole lot more than he thought. Trent is just a young man trying to figure out what to do with his life while making his money as a bookie. Since he went to school to be a writer he figures flying out to Oxford to talk to an old man about his story isn't any big deal, especially since it pays so well. Upon arriving he steps into a whole new world.
Preston is an old man with a burning secret and a fatal disease. In order to die with a clearer conscience he decides to dictate his story to a young writer who will not judge him as harshly as an established professional would. When his grandson racks up a debt with a bookie who studied to be a writer he gets just what he wanted.
The Bookmaker is a remarkably well told story. Chris runs two storylines simultaneously taking the reader back in the past while Preston tells his story and keeping up with the current times with Trent's role in Preston's household. All of the characters are well written and believable and the story itself even keeps grounded enough to be believable. I was sucked into the story as soon as Trent arrived in the South and didn't want to put the book down after that. The tragedy that Preston described made his story all the more real. This is a great book and I'm glad that a review copy made it's way to me.
Review copy provided by the publisher.