Hard on the heels of the triumph Under Orders comes Dead Heat, set against the backdrop of Britain's famed 2,000 Guineas stakes.
Max Moreton is a rising culinary star, and his Newmarket restaurant, the Hay Net, has brought him great acclaim and a widening circle of admirers. But when nearly all the guests who enjoyed one of his meals at a private catered affair fall victim to severe food poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his reputation takes a hit. Scrambling to meet his next obligation, an exclusive luncheon for forty in the glass-fronted private boxes at the 2,000 Guineas, Max must overcome the previous evening's disaster and provide the new American sponsors of the year's first Classic race with a day to remember.
Then a bomb blast rips through the private boxes, killing some of Max's trusted staff and many of the guests. As survivors are rushed to the hospital, he is left to survey the ruins of the grandstand–and of his career. Two close calls are too close for comfort, and Max vows to protect his name, and himself, before it's too late.
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by Dick Francis, Felix Francis
by Felix Francis
by Dick Francis
"Surprisingly, for a Dick Francis novel, horses feature here only peripherally. Max Moreton is a superstar chef whose life gets complicated when more than 200 people get sick after eating a dinner he catered at a racetrack. The next day, while he's serving lunch at another race, the glass-fronted box of the grandstand explodes. Max turns sleuth to save his reputation and his restaurant. Martin Jarvis perfectly depicts Max--young, determined, and newly in love. Jarvis's flexibility is remarkable. He creates different voices and accents for supporting characters ranging from Max's girlfriend, Caroline, to an elderly neighbor, a Wisconsin concierge, and a Russian importer. A.B. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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