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  • Published: 8 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781405916776
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $26.00

Whip Hand



One-handed ex-jockey Sid Halley works as a private detective, using his racing knowledge to solve crimes that baffle the police.

One-handed ex-jockey Sid Halley works as a private detective, using his racing knowledge to solve crimes that baffle the police. In Whip Hand, Sid is asked to investigate possible doping of the horses of thoroughbred trainer George Casper - whose once-successful mounts have been failing spectacularly on the race track.  At the same time he learns that a conman has left his ex-wife Jenny facing a jail sentence over a fake charity, while the Jockey Club want him to look into certain powerful syndicates who may be acting in a ruthless and illegal manner. Quickly, Sid discovers that each of his investigations is entirely unwelcome.  but he isn't put off easily - not even when a threat is made to take off his remaining good hand.

Three dangerous cases, three ways to die - Sid is back on home turf . . . A classic mystery from Dick Francis, the champion of English storytellers. 'As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride.  The same is true of his crime writing.'  Daily Mirror www.dickfrancis.com

  • Published: 8 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781405916776
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • 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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