Author’s first crime novel set against backdrop of horse racing in Sussex

Lewes author Ronnie Moore
Lewes author Ronnie Moore

A former jockey who lives in Lewes is jumping for joy after his first novel has been published.

Ronnie Moore said his crime story is set against the background of Lewes Racecourse, Plumpton College, Sayers Common and Hickstead Showground.

Interwoven into the page turner Vengeance is a heartwarming love story, as well as themes including the illegal sale of drugs in horse racing.

Ronnie, who lives near Lewes Racecourse, said: “I was flabbergasted. They said they really liked it and they said they wanted to publish it.”

Vengeance by Ronald A Moore has been published by Penguin and is available now on Amazon.

The publishing house has also said it would like to publish another eight books by Ronnie so he is already hard at work on the second novel.

The novel takes you on a journey at breakneck speed through how the drugs come into the country and are then dispersed through a network of outlets on the racecourses all over the South of England.

It tells the story of the Jockey Club’s security agents, Discreet Intelligence Reports & Technical Services (DIRTS), an independent company that deals with all the jockey club security problems run by Steve Hurst.

Steve loses his fiancée, Jane Coe, an international show jumper, to the influences of drugs as she falls for a fellow show jumping junky, Chris Cobb.

And Steve falls into the arms of one of his employees, Laura.

But who wants to kill Laura and Steve, what do they know, and can Chief Inspector Heyes of the Sussex Police save them in time before the contract killer strikes?

An initial review of Vengeance in Readers Digest Magazine said: “Vengeance is superbly crafted, intricately detailed story is by turns joyful, sorrowful, and uplifting.

“Overall this fine book offers well-drawn, human characters and logically flowing action all written in a striking style.”

Ronnie’s racing pedigree certainly helped him to write the book. During the late 1980s and early 1990s he worked as an assistant trainer in a racing yard and held a jockey’s licence, riding in races.