|The Modern Publishing Company, London [193?]
|Dust Jacket by:
Jack, a young waif rescued from the Melbourne streets by Ned Dalton and his daughter Hettie, grows up to be
a champion jockey at Dalton's racing stables. He wins the esteem of the wealthy baronet Sir William Melissa
and his beautiful wife, and falls in love with Hettie. He is tricked into seeming to associate with a
notorious ring of crooked jockeys and owners, so losing the favour of Sir William. In subsequent adventures
he restores his good name and wins through to fame and fortune. The mystery of his parentage is solved, and
he wins his bride.
The opening of the story on the dark wet Melbourne streets is graphically told, and the description of the
racing stables is vivid. A mysterious killing grips the reader, as does the reunion of Jack with his mother
and the wooing of his future wife. There are a few loose ends unresolved, an odd coincidence, and some
sudden jumps in the narrative. However in general it is a very engaging tale, grippingly told - a real
page-turner easily read in one session. (TA)
|First published by Routledge.