By Dick Francis, Felix Francis

Shell-shocked after wasting a foot in the course of his journey in Afghanistan, Captain Tom Forsyth returns to his estranged mother's condominium. His mom has consistently placed horses first and kinfolk final. yet now she's being blackmailed for a hefty sum per week and being pressured to make her horses lose. utilizing the talents he honed within the army, Tom units out to discover and defeat a hidden enemy ahead of his mother's attractiveness is ruined, and he finally ends up again within the crossfire.

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Ask whoever you bloody like,” he acknowledged dismissively. As we climbed the few steps to the doorway to the Berkshire Stand we have been joined via the Yorkes. “Ah, the secret agent again,” acknowledged Ewen, smiling. I smiled again at him. i discovered myself stuffed into the elevate with my again opposed to the wall and with Julie Yorke status some distance too shut in entrance. Ewen might possibly have had a healthy if he had learned that with none discernible signal to the others, she controlled to slip her silk-sheathed enterprise and rounded buttocks backward and forward throughout my groin in a fashion absolute to excite. by the point we arrived on the fourth flooring i used to be completely satisfied in an effort to pull my overcoat tight round me to save lots of myself from significant embarrassment. Julie smiled as I held the door of the field open for her, a seductive inviting smile with an open mouth and her tongue noticeable among her the teeth. “Come and spot me sometime,” she whispered in my ear as she went prior. I reckoned she needs to be loopy if she concept it was once a call for participation i used to be going to simply accept. Avoidance and evasion have been certainly the names of the sport right here too. Jackson provided me a tumbler of champagne, and that i took it out onto the balcony to monitor the horses, and to flee from Julie Yorke. “Do you're thinking that he’ll win? ” It used to be a second prior to i noticed that Rebecca Garraway was once speaking to me. “Sorry? ” I stated. “Do you're thinking that he’ll win? ” she repeated. “Who? ” I requested. “Newark corridor, of course,” she acknowledged. “Our horse. ” I hadn’t learned that the Garraways have been Newark Hall’s vendors. I appeared down at my race card, however it said that the pony was once owned by means of an organization referred to as Budsam Ltd. “He has a superb chance,” I stated again to her. truthfully, he had a greater probability than she preferred. Ewen Yorke used to be status to my left, searching through his huge racing binoculars in the direction of the two-and-a-half-mile begin. “Oh, hello,” he stated with out reducing his binoculars. “Seems now we have an issue. ” “What challenge? ” Rebecca Garraway demanded with problem in her voice. “It’s OK,” Ewen stated, whereas nonetheless having a look. “It’s now not Newark corridor, it’s medical. turns out his reins have snapped. He’s operating away. ” I seemed down the direction in horror, yet with out the advantage of Ewen’s multi-magnification, i used to be not able to work out precisely what was once occurring. I took a wide gulp of my champagne. I must have requested Jackson for a whisky. “Good. They’ve stuck him,” Ewen acknowledged, placing down his glasses. “No actual damage performed. ” “So what is going to ensue now? ” I requested, attempting difficult to maintain my voice as common as attainable. “Will clinical be withdrawn? ” “Oh no, he’ll run, alright, no challenge. They’ll simply healthy a brand new bridle on him down on the start,” Ewen stated. “The starter consistently has a spare, simply in case anything breaks. certainly, only for occasions like this. such a lot not like your mom to have a tack malfunction. ” He virtually laughed. I felt ailing. All that tough paintings with the scalpel, to assert not anything in regards to the expenditure of lots fearful power on the grounds that, and for what? not anything. the pony might now run with excellent, uncut, unbreakable reins. “That’s good,” I stated, now not truly considering it was once reliable for a moment.

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