Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He' d been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game.
He thought wrong. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing . . . or else.
At first Sid ignores these warnings, knowing that once he submits to this criminal bully, he will forever be under his control. But as the intimidation tactics escalate-- and Sid' s own family comes under threat-- Sid realizes he must meet his enemy head-on . . . or he might pay the ultimate price for his refusal.
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Shoes too big to fill
After listening to this book by Felix I went back and listened to books by Dick narrated by Tony Britton. The story line was solid but Felix does hold the command of the language that Dick did and Martin Jarvis does not hold a candle to Tony Britton. Sid Halley is an iconic character full of strength, nerves of steel, indomitable and rarely plussed. Felix writes him as nervous, weak, indecisive and lacking courage. It is an insult to the intrepidness of the character. I always listen to Dick’s books more than once, some of them many times. I wouldn’t be able to listen to this one again. It is so sad to see something great be diminished.