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Bert Checkov was a Fleet Street racing correspondent with an unnerving talent for tipping non-starters for big races. But the advice he gave James Tyrone, a few minutes before he fell to his death, was of a completely different nature...Not one for the quiet life, Tyrone has a bloodhound's nose for trouble and pretty soon he's caught up in an increasingly dangerous game. One that threatens him, his crippled wife and the credibility of the racing world. Blowing the roof off is the number one policy of The Sunday Blaze ...and ...

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Mar 20, 2011

One of Dick Francis' best early novels

Blackmail. It's a nasty word, and a nasty business. James Tyrone is a well-regarded investigative racing columnist, working for a tabloid rag. Why? Because his wife of over a decade is almost completely paralysed with polio, and the Blaze pays better than the more refined newspapers. He needs the money. But Tyrone is still a young man, with a young man's needs, and when he falls into a passionate affair, he leaves himself open to blackmail by a corrupt bookmaker. There's big money to be made when you know the favorite's not going to show up for the race.
Dick Francis' stoic heros never give up, though; and this is one of his most memorable and gripping stories. Highly recommended.

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