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  • Published: 24 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9781405916639
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $26.00
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Wine merchant Tony Beach will do anything for a quiet life. But when a party to celebrate the end of the racing season ends in eight violent deaths, he is drawn reluctantly into the subsequent investigation.

Wine merchant Tony Beach will do anything for a quiet life. But when a party to celebrate the end of the racing season ends in eight violent deaths, he is drawn reluctantly into the subsequent investigation.

Meanwhile, the police, having evidence of the sale of illicit alcohol at a local club, ask for Tony's help in closing it down. Thanks to his intervention, Tony comes to the attention of the criminal underworld.

And that's when he reluctantly realizes that the deaths and the illicit alcohol are connected.

Tony doesn't want to be a hero. But if the choice is that, or dying . . .
A classic mystery from Dick Francis, the champion of English storytellers.
'Put together as brilliantly as ever, the plot is as gripping, and the obligatory racing background as satisfying.'  The Times Literary Supplement
'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

  • Pub date: 24 September 2014
  • ISBN: 9781405916639
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Dick Francis

Dick Francis has written forty-one novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), his autobiography (The Sport of Queens) and the biography of Lester Piggott. He is justly acclaimed as one of the greatest thriller writers in the world.

He has received many awards, amongst them the prestigious Crime Writers Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the genre, and the Mystery Writers of America have given him three Edgar Allen Poe awards for the best novel of the year, and in 1996 made him a Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2000.

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