Malcolm Pembroke didn't get rich without making a few enemies - not least among the five wives and nine children left like wreckage in his wake. But when Moira, his fifth wife, is murdered and Malcolm believes that someone is out to get him, he knows of only one person he can turn to: his estranged son, Ian. Ian - an amateur jockey - wants nothing to do with his father until it becomes clear the old man's life is in danger. And worst of all the evidence suggests it's from someone in the family. The same is true of his crime writing' Daily Mirror ' Dick Francis's fiction has a secret ingredient - his inimitable knack of grabbing the reader's attention on page one and holding it tight until the very end' Sunday Telegraph ' The narrative is brisk and gripping and the background researched with care. Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National Hunt jockeys.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National Hunt jockeys. On his retirement from the saddle, he published his autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write forty-three bestselling novels, a volume of short stories Field of 13 , and the biography of Lester Piggott. In he was named by them as Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement.
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The usual well paced well crafted mystery, though this time the family is about as dysfunctional as it gets and in resolution one one of Francis' novels is more tragic as far as I recall. Ian isn't my favorite viewpoint character, though Malcolm is a magnificent creation. The plot revolves around a family in which the father of grown children is extraordinarily wealthy. Unfortunately for them, he wants them to provide for themselves with only a small trust from him Dick Francis was born in Wales in Because his father was a jockey and a stable manager, Francis grew up around horses, and after a stint as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II, he became a steeplechase jockey himself, turning professional in Francis noted in his autobiography, The Sport of Queens, that he would probably be remembered as the man who didn't win the National, the prestigious English steeplechase race; while riding for the Queen Mother in the National, his horse, in the lead and expected to win, faltered just yards from the finish line. Of course, Francis made that prediction before he began writing bestselling thrillers. When he retired from racing in , Francis went to work as a racing correspondent for the Sunday Express, a London paper.
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