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Written by: Dick Francis
Narrated by: Tony Britton
Series: A Dick Francis Novel, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
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It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles Sid Halley. He knows the perils of racing all too well, but in his day, jockeys didn't reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest.
©2006 Dick Francis (P)2014 2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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"Beloved series character Sid Halley, a champion jockey, makes a welcome return in the latest fast-paced crime novel from bestseller Francis....The writing and action are as crisp as ever." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Lia
  • 2014-03-05

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Sid Halley is back. The one-handed ex-jockey-turned-investigator is at Cheltenham Races on Gold Cup day when three deaths occur: one horse and two jockeys, one of whom is found murdered in the parking lot. Huw Walker's death merely fuels the rumors he was involved in race fixing, and it looks like his boss, trainer Bill Burton, may have done it. When Bill is found dead in his home, the police want to rule his death a suicide, brought about by guilt over having murdered his jockey, but Sid believes Bill was also murdered. When Sid's girlfriend, Dutch beauty Marina van der Meer, is threatened, Sid is certain Huw and Bill were killed by the same person over race fixing, but he's sure there's a bigger reason why. Those he loves are now in harm's way as Sid tracks down clues that lead to a cold-blooded killer.

Dick Francis could write a great book in a coma, and it's obvious he was wide awake when he wrote this. His unique, distinctly English writing style is like sitting down for drinks by the fire with a cherished friend you haven't seen in ages, dear and familiar. As usual, he makes me long to take a tour of every English racetrack on the map, bringing the racing world vividly to life. They mystery was also well-woven, presenting a list of suspects and planting a trail of clues. I was grateful that Dick Francis got back to work, and this book was not a disappointment after the long wait. He's been publishing since before I was born, and I hope he continues to do so for a long time to come.

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  • Paula
  • 2009-05-19

Great

I'm a huge Dick Francis fan and this book is excellent. I only wish I can get all of his books on audio.

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