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One of the earliest works by Dick Francis. A suspense novel involving the British horse-racing culture. Although a recurring theme in his books, the story and the characters are interesting and diverse enough that the story is not a repeat of others. The story provides a seemingly realistic account of what the horse racing industry is in Britain and mixes it with the intrigue of racing fixing. Once the story gets going it is a hard one to put down and draws you into the wanting to read more of his works.
  LCB1016 | Mar 5, 2015 |
Another good one. As a friend says, "A ripping good yarn." ( )
  thesmellofbooks | Nov 22, 2013 |
An early novel from Dick Francis, this was a quick and easy read. Told in Fancis’s fairly flat, no-nonsense style, the first person narrative engages early and, despite a few plot holes, is fairly believable. The mid-1960s setting does date it quite a bit, but the central theme of horses being ‘doped’ to win and the main character having to go under cover as a stable lad, was well thought through. There was a point when I thought that the action flagged a bit, but don’t let that put you off. For an enjoyable thriller, chose Mr Francis.
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1 vote Ant.Harrison | Apr 28, 2013 |
Danny Roke has made a success out of running a stud farm in Australia. He's devoted to the stud, because he's devoted to the younger siblings he's raised since their parents died, and the stud brings money and stability. What it doesn't bring is a sense that this is what he wants the rest of his life to be. When the Earl of October arrives one day and offers him enough money to keep the stud running without him, he's intrigued enough to take the job offered -- going undercover as a stablehand to investigate a suspected racehorse doping racket in English racing.

Danny knows going in that the job could be dangerous. Fatal, even. But he finds enough to convince him that there *is* a racket, and he's determined to get to the bottom of it, if only to prove to himself that he can do the job.

It's a wonderful piece of writing, with solid characterisation and a well-plotted mystery. Highly enjoyable way to spend a few hours. ( )
1 vote JulesJones | Aug 25, 2012 |
A relatively early mystery tale set in the world of English horse racing and race "fixing". The method is ingenious and cruel as are the bad people, but aristocracy and true grit win through after several nail-biting episodes. Competent and fast-moving, not one for re-reading. ( )
  gibbon | May 23, 2010 |
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The Earl of October drove into my life in a pale-blue Holden which had seen better days, and danger and death tagged along for the ride.
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Australian horse breeder Daniel Roke had resisted the exorbitant sum of money offered by a suave Englishman to investigate a scandal involving drugged racehorses. But after another investigator dies mysteriously, Roke agrees to fill his shoes--and learns that men who would give drugs to horses are capable of doing much worse to human beings.

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