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Publisher's Summary

Roland Britten, accountant and amateur jockey, awakens one morning to find he can’t move his hands—because he is tied up with netting, held captive where no light penetrates and no amount of yelling will get any attention. But why?

He knew that this was the latest in a series of events that had begun when he decided to ride in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, a race second only to the Grand National in the lives of British steeplechase riders. As an amateur jockey, Roland had pleased no one when he took Tapestry past the finish line first in what turned out to be the worst Gold Cup in history. As an accountant whose clientele included horse owners and jockeys alike, he also knew more about the private financial affairs of the racing world than any other person on the racecourse. Was winning the Gold Cup cause enough for his kidnapping? Or was it his knowledge of the books?

©1977 Dick Francis (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Few match Francis for dangerous flights of fancy and pure, inventive menace." ( Boston Herald)

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Not a typical Dick Francis

The story is from 1977, but still reads well. Characters, as usual, are well written. I have seen others complain when Francis books aren't primarily about horses. Crazy people. I have learned about glass blowing, painting, photography and other really interesting things. This book is about a really interesting accountant, which may be a contradiction in terms. (FYI - I also could be called an accountant.) I can't say what the story lacked but it is not going to be a memorable Dick Francis for me.

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How Much Can A Man Endure?

An accountant and a steeple jump jockey end up in a lot of trouble. This is no joke.
The story was difficult to listen to during the troubling parts, I admit I did a few quick ff , as the difficulty of the situation was nerve wracking.
It is a good tale in the end. Amazing writer and perfect narration.

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not my favorite

not as good a plot and characters as other Dick Francis books. a little farfetched .

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Confusing

Who is the narrator? You have two different narrators listed. Check out the picture. Whoever the narrator is - he is stilted. Not smooth flowing at all.

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And we thought accounting was dull

Another great mystery by Dick Francis, going us a great read and teaching us about another area of life in the procrss

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Fantastic

I’ve never heard this author before, I’ve listened to 100’s of books and this one nears the top 25 of all time.

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Ridiculous story

I’ve enjoyed at least a half dozen Dick Francis books but this one is at the bottom of a very deep barrel. SPOILER ALERT The story is built around an unconscionable scoundrel who hires the main character as his partner in an accounting business even though he knows that the new partner is extraordinarily scrupulous and high-minded and would never join or even tolerate his illegal schemes. So when the inevitable discovery occurs, the story devolves into an endless, detailed chronicle of the junior partner’s suffering during a series of kidnappings and isolation. Oh, and between kidnappings, he is able to ride and win major horse races in his wasted condition. Good thing Dick Francis wrote a lot of other books.

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Good story

Not one of my Dick Francis favs, but still good. Haven’t head it in awhile. Not as good as I remembered. Still recommend it.

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Ridiculous

I normally like Dick Francis novels. This one seems a little ridiculous. It seems a little contrived.

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Always entertaining

Dick Francis never fails to keep one interested! Always interesting twists and insights into the workings of the human mind while keeping the mysteries clean leaving things to ones own imagination I appreciate the lack of foul language so prevalent in writing today