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Odds Against (1965)
by Dick Francis
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0330105973, Paperback)Sid Halley, champion jockey, had to give up racing when his hand was smashed. But his next job brings him a bullet - right in the middle of his chest. As he would soon discover, life as a private eye could get a lot worse, especially when a ruthless property dealer has plans for Seabury racetrack. Plans that have nothing to do with racing and everything to do with conspiracy and violence. The kind of plans that set high odds against a novice detective staying alive...'A plot that goes with the pace of a champion hurdler' - "Evening Standard".
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A hard fall took hotshot jockey Sid Halley out of the horse racing game, leaving him with a crippled hand, a broken heart, and the desperate need for a new job. Now he's landed a position with a detective agency, only to catch a bullet from some penny-ante thug. And things are about to get even more hectic--the agency is giving him a case to handle on his own. The case brings him to the door of Zanna Martin, a woman who might be just what Sid needs to get him back up and running. But he's up against a field of thoroughbred criminals, and the odds against him are making it a long shot that he'll even survive...
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