Gene Hawkins woke on the first day of his holiday with his hand on the Luger under his pillow, and a ringing in his ears. His boss was on the phone, inviting him on a family boat trip up the Thames.
Keeble didn't fraternise with his employees unless he wanted something. What he wanted now was for Gene to spend three weeks looking for kidnapped stallions in Kentucky. He wouldn't take no for an answer.
But before the afternoon was out Gene's survival skills were called on cloer to home - catapulting him into a maelstrom of blackmail and murder that would turn the blue grass of Kentucky to red...
'Rivals his excellent Flying Finish' Times Literary Supplement
'Thundering skullduggery... impressive turn of speed ... champion form' Sunday Telegraph
Dick Francis has written thirty-nine novels, a volume of short stories ( Field of 13), his autobiography (The Sport of Queens), and the biography of Lester Piggott. He is rightly acclaimed as one of 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 Allan Poe awards for the best novel of the year, and in 1996 mad him a Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement. He was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2000. Dick Francis divides his time between England and an island in the Caribbean.