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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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  • Bert The Cat's Mum
  • 01-25-19

Sid Halley

Brilliant story as usual love listening to anything which is Sid Halley, looking forward to listening to the next one.

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  • Dyane
  • 11-08-16

Briliant as always

Tony is the perfect reader for Dick Frances novels. Keeping the listener enthralled frim beginning to end

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  • Sue156
  • 03-09-16

Disappointing

Tony Britton's narration in this production is not his best - I don't think he chose the right voices especially for the female characters and his accents made me cringe. It felt poor in terms of depicting the emotions of the characters.
Although the storyline is reasonable I felt the Internet gambling detail was too much and too complex - it felt like Dick Francis was showing off about his research.
Overall it was disappointing to listen to and I wouldn't recommend it as a first introduction to the (mostly) fast and exciting Dick Francis books
Definitely not his best and really disappointing as a Sid Halley story

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  • karajo
  • 04-27-15

Dick Francis, always a winner

As always a brilliantly written tale told by a narrator that brings it to life as no other could

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  • Mr. J. M. Brooks
  • 10-23-07

Loved it

First novel for 5 years. WOW. I dip in and out of the Dick Francis body of work. A little violence. a touch of sweet revenge. clear cut villans & well crafted hero's and of course, horse racing. Always coupled with a parallel area of interest to engage the reader.
I love em all.
This is a long awaited book. A Dick Francis classic. Everything is here. Worth the wait, worth the read. Read it and understand why he is revered both here in the UK and in the USA.
If this is your first Dick Francis novel, you are lucky you have a considerable back catalogue to enjoy and appreciate. I wish I was you.

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  • Ginger Elanor
  • 08-06-21

Poor in comparison to others

I have really enjoyed a lot of Dick Francis books, but this one is not up to scratch for me. Two main things annoyed me - constant references and descriptions of "modern" things that sound completely contrived and out of touch (eg when mentioning all the details of his "megapixel digital camera" or his "automatic telephone answering machine equipment") and secondly, some stupid behaviours by Sid which seemed very silly for an experienced investigator and which only served to enable the baddies to do things to increase the drama. Overall, a very silly book. The narration was fine.

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  • Nicola
  • 02-18-21

Very good

Great plot as usual with Dick Francis and Tony Britten is excellent as narrator - highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-18-19

good book

well read. enjoyable story
always enjoy dick Francis books..and audible is a great experience. would recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-23-16

Excellent.

This was my very first time of using Audible. Enjoyed is so much I downloaded next in series.

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  • Duncan
  • 02-03-10

Best listened to while walking

I'm sorry I found this audio book really boring, which was a disappointment as it was my first Francis download. Perhaps you have to be interested in horse racing to enjoy this? Best to listen to on a walk; no danger of going to sleep!