On the first day of Royal Ascot, the worlds most famous horse racing event, the crowd rejoices in a string of winning favorites. Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker taking over the family business from his grandfather so he knows not to expect any sympathy from the punters as they count their winnings, and he his losses. Hes seen the ups and downs beforebut, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if its worth it any more.
When a gray-haired man steps forward from the crowd claiming to be his father, Neds life is thrown into far deeper turmoil. Hed been told since he was a baby that his parents had died in a car crash.
Barely an hour later, his newly found father is stabbed by an unknown assailant in the Ascot parking lot. Blood oozing from his abdomen, his father warns Ned to be very careful. But of whom? Of what? Ned finds himself in a race to solve his fathers riddlea race where coming in second could cost him more than even moneyit could cost him his life. . . .
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"Though some readers may find the ending overly pat, the authors make bookmaking intelligible while easily integrating it into the plot." - Publishers Weekly
"A blissfully satisfying blend of suspense, revenge and horse-racing info in a multilayered mystery that's presumably Felix Francis's distinctive contribution to his father's legendary series." - Kirkus Reviews
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Dick Francis was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster.
He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957, he published an autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks.
A three-time Edgar Award winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers Associations Cartier Diamond ...
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