A beautiful Italian girl driving home in an open top sports car, a little boy playing on a South Coast beach and the Senior Steward of the Jockey Club on his way to a press reception in Baltimore. One after the other they suffer the same nightmare ordeal - kidnapping. But there is one thing connecting these particular cases. For the Italian girl is a jockey and the little boy an only son of a racehorse owner.
A picture of the person behind this international chain of crime starts to emerge - a lover of Verdi, a man with a cool and calculating brain and an aficionado of the racing world. Andrew Douglas, brought in to advise and help the victims and their families, proceeds with all his customary diplomacy and courage. Only to find himself playing a dangerous part: the role usually reserved for his clients.
©1983 Dick Francis; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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This is a great story but unfortunately there is a bit missing. chapter 18 is curtailed somewhat!
"Classic good guy mystery"
I have always been a fan of Dick Francis and find his books an easy an entertaining listen. I always like the main character so I find that helps. A good listen if you like a story with a beginning ,middle and end
Nor listened to a Dick Francise book for a number of years - this was as good as all the others I have listened to, or read. Would recommend it
I have always been a Dick Francis fan, but having Tony Britton read the book to me made it so alive in my imagination. Great plot, great characters and great detail, one not to miss!
I've read and listened to plenty of Dick Francis stories, and this is one of the best - a good tale, set in Italy, England and the US. You get to know the characters well, and the story moves on at the usual Dick Francis pace. Well worth listening to.
"Enjoying revisiting these books"
Forgotten how enjoyable Dick Francis books are. Really have enjoyed listening, gripped me from the start, end may be a bit far fetched, but hey it's a novel!
Like Tony Britten's narration, nice easy flow to it, feels as if he reads ahead before ha d so he knows what's happening.
"A well- constructed story, skilfully read."
The plot. It was a good yarn - and although most of the Dick Francis plotlines are repetitive, the stories are always well-crafted and enjoyable.
The pace. 3 separate plot events interwove nicely and the characterisation was good. Francis's heros are always principled, minimalist and tough but with a romantic heart and vulnerable soul, and his heroines physically frail and feminine but admirable. This was true in this story and the villain given more depth than others he has developed.
He has a beautiful voice anyway, the quintessential traditional English gentleman - and that's exactly the type of hero that Francis has drawn as his narrator, so he works superbly well as the voice of the storyteller.
His voicing of the women could be a bit shrill, but not gratingly so and he managed to make the Italian accents quite credible.
I could feel the tension at various aspects of the story - even let out a gasp at one point,
If you want a good listen, with a great yarn delivered in style - this would be an excellent choice.
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