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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Francis, Felix Francis Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the first day of Royal Ascot, the world’s most famous horse race, the crowd rejoices in a string of winning favorites. Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker, taking over the family business from his grandfather, so he knows not to expect any sympathy from the punters as they count their winnings—and he his losses. He’s seen the ups and downs before but, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if it’s worth it anymore.

When a gray-haired man steps forward from the crowd claiming to be his father, Ned’s life is thrown into far deeper turmoil. He’d been told since he was a baby that his parents had died in a car crash. Barely an hour later, his newly found father is stabbed by an unknown assailant in the Ascot parking lot. Blood oozing from his abdomen, his father warns Ned to “be very careful.” But of what? Of whom?

Ned soon finds himself in a race to solve his father’s riddle—a race where coming in second could cost him more than money ... it could cost him his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With wit and an expert’s understanding of both horses and homicide, the Francises will keep you riveted.”


  • “A taut crime thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Martin Jarvis does his usual sterling work with the latest Dick and Felix Francis racing mystery…Jarvis is exceptional at creating multiple distinctive characters—the ‘delinquent’ techie Dougie is a particular joy.”


  • “Francis again delivers stunning plotting, a vivid setting, and crisp characterization.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This third father-and-son coauthored novel…will appeal to mystery lovers and Francis fans who like a suspenseful story with an upbeat ending.”

    Library Journal

  • “A blissfully satisfying blend of suspense, revenge, and horse-racing info…A multilayered mystery that’s presumably Felix Francis’ distinctive contribution to his father’s legendary series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephen Osborne | 2/17/2014

    " Another enjoyable romp from Francis and son, this one involving a bookie who suddenly finds out the father the thought long dead is not only alive but involved in a scheme to switch horses for fraud. Some great characters, especially Ned's workers Luka and Duggie and his wife, who is suffering from mental problems. Not quite as tight as "Silks", but a good read nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 2/14/2014

    " More about the betting side of horses than the actual running of them. First Dick Francis mystery I've read that didn't have a jockey as the main character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rita | 2/12/2014

    " Terrible. Lots of explanation about English paramutuals that are mind-boggling and have to bearing on the story. Never connected with the protagonist "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ralph McEwen | 2/9/2014

    " This story is told from the perspective of a legal bookie in England with a mentally ill wife. The use of high tech equipment (RFID, Internet, mobile phones) added nicely to the story and the inside veiw of the betting world was most interesting. I throughly enjoyed this book. "

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