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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Felix Francis returns with his newest edge-of-your-seat horse-racing thriller in the Dick Francis tradition. 

Harrison Foster, a crisis manager for a London firm, is summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick stables kills six very valuable horses, including the short-priced favorite for the Derby. There is far more to the "simple" fire than initially meets the eye...for a start, human remains are found among the equestrian ones in the burnt-out shell. All the stable staff are accounted for, so who is the mystery victim? 

Harry knows very little about horses; indeed, he positively dislikes them, but he is thrust unwillingly into the world of thoroughbred racing, where the standard of care of the equine stars is far higher than that of the humans who attend to them. 

The Chadwick family is a dysfunctional racing dynasty. Resentment between the generations is rife, and sibling rivalry bubbles away like volcanic magma beneath a thin crust of respectability. Harry represents the Middle Eastern owner of the Derby favorite, and as he delves deeper into the unanswered questions surrounding the horse's demise, he ignites a fuse that blows the volcano sky-high. 

Can Harry solve the riddle before he is bumped off by the fallout?

©2018 Felix Francis (P)2018 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Martin Jarvis is always magical. His pacing and clear diction are always perfect. Jarvis wrests every bit of humor, romance, malevolence, and dysfunction from Felix Francis's latest crime story." (AudioFile)

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  • SamH
  • Las Vegas, NV United States
  • 10-23-18

Another wonderful Francis thriller/mystery

A fire has left champion race horses dead, and one human victim's remains are also found in the ashes, but more victims follow.
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The twists and turns of the investigation are fast paced and fascinating. In addition, the underlying human stories of the investigator, the victim, and the perpetrator emerge.
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I was enthralled throughout.

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Felix Francis best book yet

Better then I expected. This reminded me very much of his father Dick FRANCIS. I haven't lived all of Felix's book but this one was excellent. note for those listening with young children around this book contains a rather a sex scene, it's not super graphic but they do talk about sex a fair bit leading up to it.

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Enjoyed this very much

I enjoyed this book very much. It was very predictable and I knew what was going to happen but I still liked it very much.

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Best written Felix Francis book

I have been a Dick Francis fan since Bonecrack. Dick never wrote 2 words when one would do. He used adverbs in a way that would have been annoying if it didn't so perfectly paint the picture. Felix has just written a book that, for me, comes very close. Good plot, interesting characters. Thanks