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Jeff Hinkley is back for a third outing. Still a British Horseracing Authority investigator, Jeff has been seconded to the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA), where he has been asked to find a mole in their organization, an informant who is passing on confidential information to those under suspicion in American racing. Jeff attends the Kentucky Derby with the FACSA team, accompanying the Special Agents on a raid to a horse trainer's barn at Churchill Downs. Things do not go well, and someone ends up dead. Then, on the morning of the derby itself, three of the most favored horses in the field fall sick in what Jeff considers are suspicious circumstances. Jeff goes in search of answers, taking on the undercover role of a groom on the backstretch at Belmont Park racetrack in New York. But he discovers far more than he was bargaining for, finding himself as the meat in the sandwich between FACSA and corrupt individuals who will stop at nothing, including murder, to capture the most elusive prize in world sport: the Triple Crown.
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By Jean on 11-17-16
A Fun Read
Over the years I have read many of the Dick Francis books. I have read some of those co-written with Felix. I think this is my second book written by Felix alone. I noted that this is a series, whereas Dick, wrote stand-alone books.
Our protagonist, Jefferson Hinkley, of the British Horseracing Association’s Integrity Service is asked by Tony Andretti, the Deputy director of the Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency, to investigate illegal doping, particularly by a trainer named Adam Mitchell. Andretti thinks there is a mole in his Agency. So, Hinkley goes in undercover during the Triple Crown events. A reporter looking into the issues is murdered.
The book is well written, the plot twists and turns while the suspense increases throughout the story. Francis compares the different customs between the British and American racing. I enjoyed learning some of these different customs and particularly looking at them from the British viewpoint.
Martin Jarvis does a great job narrating the book. Jarvis is an award winning British actor and voice over artist as well as audiobook narrator.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By a g on 05-28-17
Poorly written and researched
I have read all of Dick Francis' books and was a fan. This book is poorly written and has many errors. Law a Enforcement agents don't carry silencers, would not storm a race track barn with guns pulled SWAT team style over allegations of drugging horses, not illegal drugs just not approved for racing. The author portrays Americans as very stupid. The head of a federal agency doesn't know how many o investigate or make d visions, federal agents don't know the death penalty in their own state. Dirty agents not prosecuted because it would look bad. Americans and Hispanics stereotyped.
The name of the historic Seelbach Hotel and others mispronounced.
It was difficult to finish this book it was so amateurish and insulting. I am from Louisville, KY, have been to several Derbies, own racehorses and am an investigator. Clearly Felix spent no time doing research for this book and relied on stereotypes and what he thinks it is like in writing this book. He shares his fathers last name but not his talent.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful