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Computer whiz-kid Peter Keithly, asked to transfer a betting formula onto computer tape, dies shortly afterwards. An old friend of his, Jonathan Perry, finds himself in possession of the tapes, and also discovers that there are greedy, desperate men who will do anything to get their hands on the lucrative software. The evil, bull-faced Angelo goes too far and ends up in jail. Fourteen years later he's free, and very keen not only to get hold of the tapes, but also Jonathan Derry.
©1981 Dick Francis; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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By Rosemary on 10-10-11

Another Dick Francis Classic

Another Dick Francis Classic. Great with a fast moving engaging plot, a page turner,a great companion for anyone.

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By Mark on 12-30-10

Bad audio quality but a great story

I enjoyed this audio very much, set in what could have been the 70's in proper old English. The computer jargon and terms are very dated. I did notice the quality and pitch of the audio change from one chapter to another. If you can put up with that. It's worth a listen.

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By A Genealogist on 11-15-06

Classic Francis

Another cracking story from Dick Francis. This one split into two related tales centring on a computer betting system. The description of the computer program dates this one a little, but it's still absolutely first rate. Recommended.

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By Dyane on 12-19-16

Classic Francis

Fast paced, gripping crime novel. Brilliantly read by Tony Briton. Excellent audio version. Highly recommended

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By TOB on 08-10-16

Dated but gripping, shame about the audio quality

The audio quality wasn't great, it changes pitch a lot particularly in the early chapters - must have been transferred from audio tape, which is apt considering the story.

The story itself was interesting, well put together, and classic Dick Francis. Amazing how computers have moved on though, it all sounds rather dated today!

I normally enjoy Tony Britton's narration but I found the American accent of the father a bit odd - adults moving overseas don't really pick up that much of an accent, but I guess he had to differentiate between the father and the son in the second half.

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