Incomparable New York Times bestselling author Dick Francis offers a compelling tale of fine living, fast horses, and shattering suspense...
Wine merchant Tony Beach has expertly catered his latest society soiree, but the fun’s over when a team of hit men crash the party...literally. The event leaves Tony with a bitter aftertaste of suspicion—and sets off a mystery that’s an intoxicating blend of deception, intrigue, and murder.
The narrator of Francis's 26th mystery is Tony Beach, a young widower who fights his grief by keeping busy at his wine shop and by socializing. Eventually he teams up with private detective Gerard McGregor to find the hijackers of several trucks of spirits; the pair then take on a case involving the adulteration of whiskey and wine at a cafe. In rapid order the cafe's steward is brutally murdered, and Tony and Gerard just miss being killed. Tony's severest test occurs at the "stunning climax of what may be judged the best of Francis's bestsellers so far; it's a corker,'' PW commented.
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Get mystery. Lots of clues and rabbit holes to go down. Perfect read for a beach or long flight. As always, it come together with a twist and bravery.
Proof Is In The Reading
As always the author produced another great book. His books have wonderful plots, interesting characters and are easy reads! He masterfully sets the stage and draws the reader along as the story progresses. Interestingly enough, this book has a minimum of horses, riders and racetracks.
Francis can't write a bad one
This time the mayhem arises in a wine business which caters to racecourses. As always, Francis brings to the table his trademark blend of action, mystery, information, tight plotting, and a hero who believes himself to be thoroughly ordinary until faced with extraordinary circumstances, when he finds unsuspected strength within.