By Dick Francis, Felix Francis
An exhilarating new novel from the New York Times-bestselling authors.
Shell-shocked and lacking a foot-lost to an IED in the course of his journey of accountability in Afghanistan-Captain Tom Forsyth has been despatched "home" by means of the military and, at unfastened ends, returns to his estranged mother's condo for the 1st time considering he joined up at seventeen. yet Josephine Kauri, the "first woman of British racing," has continuously placed the horses she trains first and her kinfolk final. Tom quickly reveals himself strained to the brink together with his mom and stepfather.
yet there's one more reason for the stifling pressure at Kauri apartment Stables: Josephine is being blackmailed for a hefty sum each week-and pressured to make her horses lose. Retirement isn't an choice, as she has been warned that it'll bring about the item she so much fears: publicity and mock . . . and criminal, while the govt unearths out what she's been hiding.
Tom units out to find and defeat this hidden enemy utilizing his finely honed army talents. yet can he retailer his mother's popularity and occupation, or will he locate himself stuck within the move fire?
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His life, ‘in my growing-up years … After reading it and thinking about it for a few days, I went to my mother and told her I wanted to be baptized’. Thus was the foe of the Evil Empire set on his path of righteousness. Bestsellers The 20th century opened with what was plausibly claimed to be the (then) fastest-selling novel of all time, Irving Bacheller’s Eben Holden (1900). It was, appropriately enough for the period, as millions poured through Ellis Island, a romance of immigration. Bacheller’s novel was propelled by dynamic advertising, as the 20th century’s accelerated tempo was reﬂected in a market ravenous for fast, aggressively ‘pushed’ ﬁction.