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Publisher's Summary

After a six-year absence from the bestseller lists, Dick Francis roared out of the gate with 2006's Under Orders, demonstrating once again every ounce of his famed narrative drive, brilliant plotting, and simmering suspense. Hard on the heels of that triumph comes Dead Heat, set against the backdrop of Britain's famed 2,000 Guineas Stakes. Max Moreton is a rising culinary star and his Newmarket restaurant, The Hay Net, has brought him great acclaim and a widening circle of admirers. But when nearly all the guests who enjoyed one of his meals at a private catered affair fall victim to severe food poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his reputation takes a hit. Scrambling to meet his next obligation, an exclusive luncheon for 40 in the glass-fronted private boxes at the 2,000 Guineas, Max must overcome the previous evening's disaster and provide the new American sponsors of the year's first classic race with a day to remember.
Then a bomb blast rips through the private boxes, killing some of Max's trusted staff as well as many of the guests. As survivors are rushed to the hospital, Max is left to survey the ruins of the grandstand: and of his career. Two close calls are too close for comfort, and Max vows to protect his name, and himself, before it's too late.
©2007 Dick Francis Corporation (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Crisp writing and well-paced action." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By J Carter on 01-12-18

Surprise! Dead Heat refers to the Oven!

Love this one. Our hero is a chef with a restaurant (but near a race track-ha!) Love the twist. Love the narration. And again, the Francis men never disappoint with the great clean writing, interesting plots, excellent narrators, and best of all, the skillful great characterization of everyone in the stories. This is no exception. This one has a modern update with terrorism. Enjoy!

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5 out of 5 stars
By R. Pontiflet on 06-03-17

Another Very Interesting Story

This story is very creative and unique. As described in the publisher's summary, this story is centered around the culinary world with a bit of the horse racing world as its backdrop, and is centered around the 2000 Guineas Stakes.

Chaos breaks out when nearly all of the 40 guests, at a private catered affair, who ate a particular meal fell victim to severe food poisoning, including the owner-chef.

A very entertaining story. As always Simon Prebble performed very well.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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