Foreign Office diplomat Peter Darwin uncovers a peculiar operation involving a veterinary surgeon and the unexplained deaths of several valuable racehorses.
Peter Darwin was hoping for some quiet leave from the Foreign Office. Instead he found himself in the village of his childhood – at the service of a veterinary surgeon whose operating theatre was rapidly acquiring an unwanted reputation as an abattoir. The sudden unexplained death of a string of valuable racehorses from one small area in Gloucestershire was a mystery the police couldn't solve. But Darwin was a local. He remembered the people and what was at stake ... And now he knows enough to get himself killed ...