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Sid was missing his wife and daughter, but he also felt duty bound to sort out who was doing what to rig races. In this sixth book featuring ex steeplechase jockey and racing investigator Sid Halley, first brought to the page by Dick Francis in 1965, Sid has a new transplanted left hand and a troubled marriage. He was amongst the first ‘adult’ reads that I explored at the time, and over the years I have read everything he’s written.

And he's married to his beloved Marina and has a nine-year-old daughter named Saskia who is the center of his existence. But when they start telling the jockey and trainers which horses to lay off in specific races, that is illegal. I understand I can change my preference through my account settings or unsubscribe directly from any marketing communications at any time. The master of suspense and intrigue” (Country Life) is back with the next powerful installation in the Dick Francis series, featuring Sid Halley, perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly. While I felt that the story started slowly and presented a more introspective Sid than that of earlier stories, the pace did pick up and engaged me in Sid's adventures.However, the very next morning, Gary’s stable yard is torched, horses killed, and Gary has disappeared.

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. 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? Now there are jockey agents, charging not only the jockeys, but the trainers, using blackmail and intimidation to accomplish this. Nevertheless, I had to get closure about Sid and his daunting challenges, especially if and how he would hold up as his once fit and lithe jockey body ages, his precarious mental health teeters, and his personal relationships are threatened—all because of his propensity toward heavy risk-taking. Thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review a pre-release copy - and keep me in mind when the next one drops.

Consortia of agents have muscled into the selection of jockeys for races, and they demand fees from the jockeys and the trainers at stables. Felix does a good job in these last two Sid novels, and they make for lots of deductive meanderings, nerve-wracking thrills and fishing for clues while steering clear of the red herrings—but I do miss his Dad. I did feel this entry in the series was maybe a trifle more scattered and difficult to follow than most of the others.

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