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Derek Franklin is an injured jockey. The last fence at Cheltenham has left him on crutches. But his brother’s death means even bigger trouble. He inherits a jewellery business, a mistress – and some very shady business associates. Franklin likes to play things straight. But with £1.5 million in diamonds gone missing, he finds honesty can be a deadly virtue. His only hope of survival is to identify his brother’s mysterious enemies.
©1989 Dick Francis; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Amber Smeenk on 08-25-17

lousy sound quality, great book and performer

buzz in background that stopped and started with end of each chapter, start of next. Voice/sound of reader changed between different recorded bits. great book though, very much enjoyed it.

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By Stephen C Steffler on 08-06-17

I'm probably biased...

I went to sleep listening to an abridged version of this on tape through most of my youth and I couldn't help but compare the readers preformances... and found this one inferior at most points, which erked me, and the recording quality subpar when compared to the listening quality of my other audible titles. that said, it was the better option between the two recodings available and I still love the story hugely, more than enough to overlook these little nusesnse and revel in learning the knew details I'd never gotten on the old abridged tapes.

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By Shoshi on 03-29-08

My favourite Dick Francis book

This is my all-time favourite Dick Francis book, brought beautifully to life by Tony Britton's matchless narration.

There is a really intriguing mystery to this story. The dead brother is a very secretive man with a love of electronic gadgets and hidden caches, and the story unfolds like a treasure hunt. As usual, Francis' central character is a likeable man, and you are behind him all the way, especially when the poor man is assaulted again and again, despite his already injured state!

His uncommunicative assistant is a joy, too - always ready and willing to help, and allergic to being thanked or paid for his trouble! The relationship between the two men is restful, giving our hero some respite during his all-too-painful exploits to get at the truth about his brother's final business dealings.

As with most of his novels, Dick Francis has chosen a secondary theme to the base-line horse-racing theme, in this case gemology; as always, it is well-researched and absolutely fascinating, and an unusual choice of subject which has the effect of making one want to find out more.

I really love this book!

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By Frances on 05-23-09

Worth a Return Visit

This is one of my all time favourite books which I bought in audio so that I could listen to it again whilst I was driving. The characters are very real and leap off the page and the setting, the semi-precious gem stone trade is interesting too. It's one of those books I find myself returning to re-read every now and then and for a crime novel (where there are no surprises once you have read it) that's rare even for a sad serial re-reader like me. If you enjoy this book try "To The Hilt", "Decider", "High Stakes" and "Hot Money" on the grounds that they are my other favourite Francis titles and perhaps we have similar tastes.

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By Charles Cox on 10-24-17

Typical Francis Novel

Good story. Poor quality recording compared to others.
The narrator has great accented skills and drama.

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