Jeff Hinkley, undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, is looking into the shady activities of a racehorse trainer. But as he's tailing his quarry through the Cheltenham Racing Festival, the last thing he expects to witness is a gruesome murder. Could it have something to do with the reason the trainer was banned in the first place - the administration of illegal drugs to his horses?
Days later, many more horses test positive for prohibited stimulants, a scandal that could throw horse-racing into disrepute. It's no surprise when the BHA receives a demand - pay up or face the consequences. In order to limit the damage to the sport, it's critical that Jeff finds the perpetrator... but he'll soon learn he's up against someone who will stop at nothing to prevail.
©2014 Felix Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"From winning post to top of the bestseller list, time after time." (The Sunday Times)
"The Francis flair is clear for all to see." (The Daily Mail)
"The master of suspense and intrigue." (Country Life)
Found his accent and pronunciation of some words a bit odd to begin with. At least he didn't have stupid squeaky voices for the female characters, nor was he given to hysterics. All in all a pleasant enough voice to listen to. Would certainly be more than willing to listen to him again.
I can't say I have been as keen on Felix Francis as a writer as I was on his father. Some have been a bit hit and miss, and until the last couple of hours I thought this one could have been a hit(ish).
I always get a bit tired of our hero having hang-ups, be they only one hand, missing foot, dead wife (twice), even more money than they know what to do with. So of course this book was no exception; sister with cancer, can't decide if he wants to get married or not. Usual par for the course stuff.
This time it is the BHB who are under fire, seems quite appropriate under present circumstances methinks. I won't give the plot away, but with over two hours to go our hero discovers something that is not only relevant, but vital. From then on he knows, but isn't telling. Sorry, but it was rare that Francis Sr kept evidence to himself, so for Francis Jr to keep evidence to himself is unforgivable, especially for the entire two hours of the book. Even then, the perpetrator was somebody who received barely a mention. In fact it could have been any of half a dozen. I even listened a second time thinking I might have missed something.
I hope this is not something Mr Francis is going to do in the future. Once more, and I will not be purchasing any more of his writings.
A very enjoyable listen, bringing back memories of Dick Francis at his prime. Looking forward to the next book.
The main plot and secondary are strong, it does refer to several of the old DF plots. The performance is a bit stilted but most of the time different characters are well portrayed. Not upto the performance of Tony Britton.
Not the writer his father was. Side-story of sister irrelevant, main plot too thin to sustain a book. Too much explanation detracts from any excitement . Ending was not credible.
Quite a good yarn, but the plot seemed a little far-fetched to be truly gripping, but if you're a Francis fan, an enjoyable listen
a member since 2009 not 2015
yes some books always give up new bits you miss first & and the best second time of listening.
I have always loved the Dick Fransis Books not read a bad one yet, so I was a little bothered I would get a second best and a bad copier with this. But I am so pleased to say despite it was set in the same area, it was different but just as enjoyable.
In a good book I find it very hard to pick one scene or chapter, to me this means odd chapters have not been added to puff out the story, no need to this book or any good book.
FAST MOVING< EXCITMENT FROM START TO FINISH
just thanks for an excellent read or listen.
someone who likes a narrator that can,t do voice changes and is monotone
if it was read by tony britton he seems to be the best at the dick francis books as a narrator
by the narrator going to a drama school to learn to read and portray characters
don,t know got about four chapters in could not go any further
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