I enjoyed this story, as I have most of Dick Francis' work; it was a bit too familiar, i. e. similar situations, problems and consequences such as the hero getting beat up and having to escape from the "bad guys." I was hoping that there would be some parts of the story outside of the racing world (more variety!) but didn't find any.
As much as I tried I couldn't finish the book. It was just too boring. I quit after the first third where I waited for something (anything, except bla) to happen after the alleged father was stabbed to death but nothing substantial happened. The final straw was one page that used the Word "I" for about 25 times.
Unfortunately the book is not worth the money nor worth the time spent reading. At least not for me.
Dick Francis once again delivers a great read. Ned Talbot is a small-time bookmaker (as in, "bookie" per U.S.) who finds himself tangled in a complex web of lies and crime when a stranger approaches him at Ascot races and wants to chat with him. This one is actually three mysteries in one, with a surprising chase to the finish. Worth a read, especially if you like first-person narrative.