The house was stripped bare of all its treasures. Gone was the furniture, the family silver, the paintings and the antique china. And if that was a shock for Charles Todd, painter of horses, how much more harrowing was the trauma for his cousin Donald, whose house it was and whose young wife lay on the sitting room floor, bloody and dead...
A coincidental meeting with a middle-aged widow sends Charles off to Australia, on the trail of a gang with a fruitful business in forging works of art. In a world of high stakes and tremendous risks, where villains will stop at nothing to achieve their ends, Dick Francis weaves his compelling narrative with the control of a master craftsman.
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"Excitement from start to finish." (Publishers Weekly)
it is another winner by dick francis good story with a twist
it keeps you guessing to the outcome
the melbourne trip and hunt for clues
when in alice springs the crimes way of dealing with todd
Dick Francis is a reliably consistent author who produces what in the UK would be called 'pot boilers' - great stories which don't tax the mind too much. This book, like all his other works, provides the reader with some highly improbable situations which the hero comes through with flying colours (if not a little bruised). It IS a very easy read (or listen) and there are many twists and turns before the end but in all Dick Francis books the criminal is either the perfect gentleman ("It's a fair cop, gov") or a psychopath getting away with the most outrageous crimes in full public view...and nobody doing a thing about it. In spite of this I always look forward to the next one.
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