By Dick Francis
New York Times bestselling grand grasp of crime fiction
Jockey Freddie Croft discovers a high-stakes conspiracy that exposes the seedy underside of horse-racing-and faces deadlier odds of survival than in any steeplechase run.
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Turning them over in his brain, I’d imagine he remembered the rabbit, which should have appeared to him on the time to seem from nowhere, and maybe he’d labored out that it may have fallen out of 1 of these boxes, the only below what's now Phil’s van, simply because that box had misplaced its screw-on finish. I don’t recognize if someone understood Jogger it appears that evidently within the pub. they could have performed. besides, within the morning he left me the message . . . and he instructed me, Jogger advised me . . . approximately rabbits and ticks and Benjy Usher’s horse that died. ” She used to be silent for it slow after which requested, “Was it Lewis who wrecked your automobile and the home? ” “I don’t recognize. I’m yes he used to be one of many those who dropped me into the water at Southampton. the one that acknowledged, ‘If this doesn’t provide him flu, not anything will. ’ His voice used to be hoarse simply because he had a chilly, and in my reminiscence, that voice reverberated a piece, as i used to be part subconscious, yet certain, I’m certain that was once him. no matter if he hates me sufficient for the remaining . . . I don’t be aware of. ” “That’s lousy. ” “Mm. ” “So what subsequent? ” “Tomorrow,” I stated, “Lewis is using the super-six to Milan, in Italy, to fetch domestic Benjy Usher’s colt that has a dicky leg. It’s a three-day journey, as a rule via France. ” She grew nonetheless. Then she acknowledged, “I’ll cross. Have parachute, will go back and forth. ” “I don’t wish you to do anything,” I defined. “I don’t wish you to alarm him. i would like him to have each chance to choose up one other rabbitful of ticks, simply because if all of final weekend’s shipment have been on Peterman and feature died with him, and if no different horses are sick, then might be it is a probability for them to get a few replacements. these ticks are hugely perishable, and likewise difficult to discover. I’d imagine they’d want a few extra. All i would like you to do is to notice the place you pass. The direction Lewis will take to Italy is all the way down to the Rhône Valley, that's the place he went final weekend additionally. He may be dealing with the Mont Blanc tunnel from France to Italy but when he is taking one other path, don’t comment on it. If he desires to cease anyplace in any respect, enable him cease. Don’t ask questions. comply with no matter what he indicates. observe not anything. Don’t watch him. Yawn, sleep, act dumb. ” “He won’t wish me with him, you recognize. ” “I recognize he thinks you tire simply. So tire. This time, he might be happy of it. ” “And don’t, i assume, glance lower than the van? ” “No, don’t. If where is suffering from lettuce leaves and rabbit droppings, forget about it. ” She smiled. “Be careful,” I begged. “I’d move myself, other than that if I did, not anything might ensue. All i need to grasp is the place Lewis is going. ” “All correct. ” “You don’t need to. ” “Nor did my mom. ” “Lewis will be simply as harmful. ” “I promise,” she acknowledged emphatically, “that I’ll be as blind as a bat. ” She paused. “There’s just one factor. ” “What? ” “I are looking to inform Patrick Venables the place I’m going. ” “Would he cease you? ” “Probably the other. ” “Don’t permit him do anything,” I stated anxiously. “Don’t enable him frighten them off. ” My intuition used to be opposed to the Jockey membership understanding an excessive amount of, too quickly, yet might be additionally for this almost certainly dicy venture i'd want the coverage of Venables’s foreknowledge.