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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,489 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Francis Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than one eyebrow.”

It’s the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley. Last seen in 1995’s Come to Grief, former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well but, in his day, jockeys didn’t usually reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest. But this is precisely how he finds jockey Huw Walker who, only a few hours earlier, had won the coveted Triumph Hurdle.

Just moments before the gruesome discovery, Halley had been called upon by Lord Enstone to make discreet inquiries into why his horses appeared to be on a permanent losing streak. Are races being fixed? Are bookies taking a cut? And if so, are trainers and jockeys playing a dangerous game with stakes far higher than they realize?

Halley’s quest for answers draws him even deeper into the darker side of the race game, in a life-or-death power play that will push him to his very limits, both professionally and personally.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annelaurie | 2/20/2014

    " Was happy to see that Francis had come out of retirement for one more book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by April Hochstrasser | 2/9/2014

    " I listened to this book on CD. It was a little disconnected. The reason for the drama, the race fixing, was kind of lost in all the twists and schemes that were hatched to stop Sid Hailey from finding out about the race fixing. The drama took on a life of it's own and I kind of forgot what the first of the book was about. Not his best...or maybe listening to it, just slows me down so much that I'm disconnected because I can't listen for a long enough period of time. I started the first 5 CD's on Nov 11-12th on vacation, then when we got back, Gary had to finish it in his car and I just got back to it at the end of Nov. That could have been the problem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jan | 2/1/2014

    " This wasn't my favorite Dick Francis novel, but I never thought he would write again after the death of his wife. It's just a treat to have him writing. Now I'll have to try the novels he has written with his son. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bridget | 1/28/2014

    " Not bad! My friend Stephanie is completely obsessed with Dick Francis, and on her recommendation I read his latest book. The main character, former-jockey-turned-investigator Sid Halley, spends this book trying to slueth out who murdered a jockey and a horse trainer. I thought the story was clever and well written, and I read it pretty quickly. It's set in and around London, and the writing style reflects a certain pomp that I associate with the Brits -- but I enjoyed the tone, and would certainly recommended this book. "

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