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The Danger (original 1984; edition 1986)
by Dick Francis
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449210375, Mass Market Paperback)
Kidnapping is Andrew Douglas's business: they take them, he finds them. But it isn't so simple when Alessia Cenci, golden-girl jockey, disappears, followed by the young child of a derby winner and the senior steward of the Jockey Club. From Italy to England to Washington, D.C., Andrew's caseload is suddenly, violently overflowing. And he must fight triply hard to keep his own name off the growing list of victims. . . .
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 14 Apr 2011 06:15:08 -0400)
When Alessia Cenci, a young champion jockey, is kidnapped in Bologna, agent Andrew Douglas is sent to secure her release. For Andrew, the bungling of the Italian police is only the first in a chain of catastrophic events he cannot control.
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