With this New York Times bestseller, Dick Francis creates an intoxicating blend of the good life, fast horses, and nail-biting suspense. After a shattering accident plunges a society soiree into chaos, an unassuming wine merchant is left with the bitter aftertaste of suspicion and fear. While catering an outdoor party for a prominent horse trainer, Tony Beach hears rumors of inferior whisky being sold under premium labels. All of that is forgotten, however, when a runaway horse trailer suddenly ploughs into the guest-filled tent. Later, after the last victim is pulled from the debris, he begins searching for answers to both the fraudulent spirits and the disaster. As Tony follows up leads, he finds himself pulled deeper and deeper into a treacherous world filled with greed, deception, and unspeakable murder. Incomparable storyteller Dick Francis grabs your attention on page one and keeps you riveted throughout to the smashing finish. With narrator Simon Prebble's dramatic timing and superb accents, you'll find Proof a vintage mystery to be savored.
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by Dick Francis
"The protagonist in each of Dick Francis's mystery books, set in the world of British horse racing, inevitably possesses some sort of oppressive angst: He is one-handed, or too rich, or too artsy, or his father is too famous, or something. This makes for good writing because the fellow is struggling with a burden while dealing with the mystery itself. Here the burden is the death of a wife, and the result is a depressed character who has to deal with liquor hijackers. It's a good thing that Simon Prebble can portray depression. He also portrays the action with proper sharpness and the other characters with distinct, underplayed intonations. D.R.W. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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