Inside the Black Horse

Book Author Ray Berard
Rights Available World excl. NZ

Pio Morgan is waiting outside a pub on a cold winter’s night. There is a debt he must pay and no options left. What he does next drags a group of strangers into a web of confusion that over the course of a few days changes all their lives. There’s the young Māori widow just trying to raise her children, the corporate executive hiding his mistake, the gang of criminals that will do whatever it takes to recover what they’ve lost, and the outsider sent to town to try and figure out who did what. Time is running out for all of them as events take an increasingly sinister turn. Recently adapted for television as a multi-million-dollar six-part series called Vegas.

About the Author
Ray Berard was born in Canada and now resides in Christchurch, New Zealand. Inside the Black Horse is Berard’s debut novel, based on a diary he kept during his years supervising betting outlets for the NZ Racing Board. Ray is currently working on his second novel, Dead Man’s Redemption.



David Bateman Ltd


230 x 153 mm



Crime Thriller

Publication Date
April 2021

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Paul Bateman, David Bateman Ltd

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An exhilarating ride through contemporary small-town New Zealand.

Harriet Crampton, Vegas co-creator/series producer

Ray Berard’s first published crime novel is a real cracker.

Craig Sisterson, author