New York Times-bestselling author Felix Francis returns with his newest edge-of-your seat horseracing thriller in the Dick Francis tradition. Harrison Foster, a crisis manager for a London firm, is summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables kills six very valuable horses, including the short-priced favorite for the Derby. There is far more to the 'simple' fire than initially meets the eye . . . for a start, human remains are found among the equestrian ones in the burnt-out shell. All the stable staff are accounted for, so who is the mystery victim? Harry knows very little about horses, indeed he positively dislikes them, but he is thrust unwillingly into the world of thoroughbred racing where the standard of care of the equine stars is far higher than that of the humans who attend to them. The Chadwick family is a dysfunctional racing dynasty. Resentment between the generations is rife and sibling rivalry bubbles away like volcanic magma beneath a thin crust of respectability. Harry represents the Middle-Eastern owner of the Derby favourite and, as he delves deeper into the unanswered questions surrounding the horse's demise, he ignites a fuse that blows the volcano sky-high. Can Harry solve the riddle before he is bumped off by the fallout?
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by Felix Francis
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"Narrator Martin Jarvis is always magical. His pacing and clear diction are always perfect. Jarvis wrests every bit of humor, romance, malevolence, and dysfunction from Felix Francis's latest crime story. Harrison Foster is a lawyer and crisis manager who is called in to determine the cause of a stable fire that killed several horses, including Prince of Troy, the Derby favorite owned by a rich client and trained by a member of the famous Chadwick racing dynasty. Harry soon discovers that the Chadwick siblings loathe each other. They constantly bark at each other at the same time as they remain united in protecting some long buried family secret. Jarvis keeps the gas pedal down to maintain the tension, although it is easy to imagine him smiling over Harry's unexpected romance with Kate. A.B. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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