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This cuts into proceeds and earnings for the riders and the trainers, but on agent outfit gets its claws into both groups through some pretty easily arranged blackmail. Can Sid get to the bottom of what's going on before he too becomes a victim, while, at the same time, saving his marriage? Since my mother passed away over a year ago, I have been making my way through her book collection, finally. I would have enjoyed this last of the Sid Halley series more if the actual crime involved hadn’t been so similar to that of the previous book—Refusal—which I had just barely finished.

However, the very next morning, Gary’s stable yard is torched, horses killed, and Gary has disappeared. For over forty years, the London University grad helped father Dick Francis (31 Oct 1920 – 14 Feb 2010), ex-jockey known for horse-racing mysteries. I was at a bit of a loss, after a long walk to check out the sights, went to the lounge room which had a bookcase and looked for something to read. Chico is a repeated deus ex machina as Sid gets into jams as his investigations get closer to finding all the baddies and the evidence necessary for right to carry the day.This follows Jockey turned PI, Sid Halley who is pulled into danger when a friend asks for his help. This had a decent plot and a number of interesting characters but unfortunately they failed to gel into a good read, somehow I was completely disengaged and quite honestly it was boring. My fave character Sid Halley makes a comeback, living a normal life now he's dragged back into the mysteries involved in horse racing.

Life should be looking good but things start to sour when his wife decides to go home to be with her mother when she finds out that her father is dying. Suffice to say it’s a great read, with a good insight into the hard life of an up and coming jockey. However, the very next morning, Gary's stable yard is torched, horses killed, and Gary has disappeared. It was good to revisit Sid Halley again, and I enjoyed the story, and the good memories of many books over more than 25 years.

Could it really be the case that someone was trying to manipulate all of British racing for their own greedy ends? I have no intention in spending anymore time in writing a review for a book I won’t be continuing- just wasn’t for me.

He soon finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy that cuts to the very heart of the integrity of British horse racing, and then danger comes closer to home than ever. Now he's back - decked out with a new but real hand courtesy of a donor that, with the help of anti-rejection drugs, is working better every day.But when they start telling the jockey and trainers which horses to lay off in specific races, that is illegal. The bad-guy agents place their bets and rake in the pounds, but somehow the holds they have over their jockeys and trainers never lesson.



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