Odds Against Author:Dick Francis Sid Halley was once one of England's greatest jockeys. Then he ran into some bad luck and crippled his hand. Now a detective, his luck is still bad. He's recuperating from a gunshot wound and his wife wants a divorce. — While at his father-in-law's estate, Sid meets Howard Kraye, a wealthy land developer, and his wife. They are the most unpleasan... more »t couple to be around and Sid can't understand why his father-in-law has anything to do with them. It soon becomes apparent, however, that Sid is supposed to do a little detecting as well as recuperating while at the estate.
With the help of Zanna Martin, a legal secretary he has befriended, Sid soon learns that Kraye has more than a passing interest in a racetrack that has been a financial disaster since the day it opened. Could it be that Kraye wants the track--through a series of "accidents"--to fail completely? That would give him the track's land on which to build profit-making condominiums.
Sid's luck takes a change for the good when he narrowly escapes death. Someone has fire-bombed both his apartment and office. Obviously that means someone wants Sid to halt his investigation. Sid doesn't -- and finds himself in a race against time in the most dangerous challenge of his life.« less