The Pink Pony
by Charles Cutter
2022 FIRST PRIZE WINNER OF The Global Book Awards
Who strangled Jimmy Lyons at the Pink Pony?
"Cutter cranks the excitement up a notch in The Pink Pony, a first rate murder mystery where nothing is as it seems."
-Bill Castanier, Lansing City Pulse
The world-class Port Huron to Mackinac sailboat race has just finished at Mackinac Island. As soon as the boats dock, the sailors head for the legendary Pink Pony, including Jimmy Lyons and his crew. But the night takes a grisly turn, and Jimmy is found dead the next morning in the bar, strangled by a string of Christmas tree lights.
Murdo Halverson, Jimmy's former partner and one of the crew, is arrested for the murder. But each of the crew, had a reason to kill him. As did his wife, Jane.
Burr Lafayette, recently divorced and the deposed head of the litigation department of a major Detroit law firm, is recruited to defend Murdo. A man at loose ends, Burr is a brilliant but troubled and and nearly bankrupt lawyer who prefers boats and dogs over courtrooms and clients. He's also not a criminal lawyer, and this looks like a losing case.
If you like Elmore Leonard and Robert B. Parker, you'll love The Pink Pony.