From the book cover: "... ex-jockey Sid Halley, in a compelling tale of crime and justice, becomes convinced that one of his closest friends - and one of the racing world's most beloved figures - is behind a series of shockingly violent acts....he faces the most troubling case of his career. No one wants to believe that Ellis Quint could be guilty - so the public and the press are turning their wrath against Halley instead. Now he's facing opposition at every turn - and finding danger lies straight ahead..."
A great read - I couldn't put the book down.
From Publishers Weekly
Francis fans will welcome the return of narrator Sid Halley (Odds Against; Whip Hand) as the one-handed PI and ex-jockey takes on a case of multiple mutilations of thoroughbreds; unnervingly, the amputation of the animals' front left hooves mirrors Sid's own injury. The investigator soon realizes that the man behind the crimes is his old friend Ellis Quint, ex-gentleman jockey and now a beloved TV host. Sick at heart, Sid builds a strong case; but, when Quint is charged, British law bars any public discussion of the case, rendering Sid mute at the huge public backlash against him. Particularly vicious and unrelenting is The Pump, a garish tabloid. When another mutilation occurs and Ellis has a seemingly unbreakable alibi, Sid finds some odd connections between a business tycoon, The Pump's noble owner and Ellis. Finally, the honorable, brave and thoroughly decent Sid faces his worst nightmare?the loss of his good hand?while doing what he must. A subplot about a little girl with leukemia offers some touching sentiment, and there are flashes of dry wit throughout as Francis, who turns 75 later this year, proves himself still at the top of his game. BOMC featured alternate; Reader's Digest Condensed Book; simultaneous Simon & Schuster audio; author tour.
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This was another Dick Francis book that I couldn't put down. How does he do it? I'm not particularly a fan of horse racing, but every book I've ever read by him has kept me on the edge of my chair. I can't always read a book cover to cover, so I carry it around with me and read a few pages when I can snatch a moment. And if I need to read a book I know I will enjoy, I pick up one by Dick Francis. They're each and every one a guaranteed winner. Every time I finish a book I think, this was one of his better books, and that was the case again with this book. I hated for it to end. I'd like to meet his main character, Sid Halley.
Ex-jockey Sid Halley in a compelling tale of crime and justice.When Halley becomes convinced that one of his closest friends- and one of the racing world's most beloved figures-is behind a series of shockingly violent acts,he wants to believe that Ellis Quint could be guilty-so the public and the press are turning their wrath against Halley instead. Now he's facing opposition at every turn -and finding danger lies straight ahead...
Having exposed an adored racing figure as a monster, Sid must testify at the man's trial. But the moring of his appearance, a tragic suicide shatters the proceedings and jars Halley's conscience. Plagued by regret and the suspicion that there's more to the death than has yet come to light, he is catapulted into days of hard, rational detection, heart-searching torments, and the gravest of perils. Business as usual for Sid . . .