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Summary

When physics teacher Jonathan Derry is unwittingly given some computer tapes containing a bookie-breaking betting system, his sharp-shooting abilities come in extremely handy against the thug who comes looking for them.

Fourteen years later, Jonathan's brother William is about to fall victim to the same thug. But this time, William is determined to play a cautious and crafty game. After all, once bitten ...

©1981 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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Classic Francis

Another cracking story from Dick Francis. This one split into two related tales centring on a computer betting system. The description of the computer program dates this one a little, but it's still absolutely first rate. Recommended.

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  • Dyane
  • DRIFIELD, EAST YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom
  • 19-12-16

Classic Francis

Fast paced, gripping crime novel. Brilliantly read by Tony Briton. Excellent audio version. Highly recommended

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Bad audio quality

If you can stick with it it's good but sadly has distorted sound to start with and occasionally throughout.

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wow.what a story

two novels.in one with a thrilling storyline and a gifted novelist and narrator. just marvellous

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A brilliant twisting together of two stories

It is a shame that the producers can't be bothered to sort out the sound quality yet again.

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  • Howard
  • Brook, United Kingdom
  • 04-10-11

Two stories in one, cleverly knitted together

A thoroughly enjoyable book with two related stories sharing a common theme but from very different perspectives. The "East Middlesex Comprehensive School" in Part One more meets the description of a public school or certainly that is the feel. This apart the stories seem to stand up to scrutiny. Tony Britton reads superbly and lends authenticity to the audiobook.

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  • Rosemary
  • 10-10-11

Another Dick Francis Classic

Another Dick Francis Classic. Great with a fast moving engaging plot, a page turner,a great companion for anyone.

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  • Mark
  • 30-12-10

Bad audio quality but a great story

I enjoyed this audio very much, set in what could have been the 70's in proper old English. The computer jargon and terms are very dated. I did notice the quality and pitch of the audio change from one chapter to another. If you can put up with that. It's worth a listen.