Dead Heat by Dick Francis, Felix Francis

By Dick Francis, Felix Francis

After a six-year absence from the bestseller lists, Dick Francis roared out of the gate with 2006's less than Orders, demonstrating once more each ounce of his famed narrative force, awesome plotting, and simmering suspense. difficult at the heels of that triumph comes lifeless warmth, set opposed to the backdrop of Britain's famed Thousand Guineas Stakes.

Max Moreton is a emerging culinary celebrity and his Newmarket eating place, The Hay internet, has introduced him nice acclaim and a widening circle of admirers. but if approximately all of the visitors who loved one in every of his foodstuff at a personal catered affair fall sufferer to serious foodstuff poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his popularity takes successful. Scrambling to fulfill his subsequent legal responsibility, an particular luncheon for 40 within the glass-fronted inner most containers on the Thousand Guineas, Max needs to triumph over the former evening's catastrophe and supply the hot American sponsors of the year's first vintage race with an afternoon to recollect.

Then a bomb blast rips in the course of the inner most packing containers, killing a few of Max's depended on employees in addition to a few of the visitors. As survivors are rushed to the clinic, Max is left to survey the ruins of the grandstand-and of his profession. shut calls are too shut for convenience, and Max vows to guard his name-and himself- sooner than it's too past due.

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Turgut Bora of Istanbul University. My great hope in making this story public is that it may find at least one reader who will understand it for what it actually is: a cri de coeur. To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history. Oxford, England January 15, 2008 Part One How these papers have been placed in sequence will be made manifest in the reading of them. All needless matters have been eliminated, so that a history almost at variance with the possibilities of later-day belief may stand forth as simple fact.

I’ve seen pictures of that. You could say she’s a sort of ghost—she probably lives in a very small village. ” I kept my face glued to the window. No more ghosts appeared, but I didn’t miss a single view of the miracle that did: Ragusa, far below us, an ivory city with a molten, sunlit sea breaking around its walls, roofs redder than the evening sky inside their tremendous medieval enclosure. The city sat on a large round peninsula, and its walls looked impenetrable to sea storm and invasion, a giant wading off the Adriatic coast.

Emona was built on Bronze Age pilings along a river now lined with art-nouveau architecture. During the next day or two, we would walk past the mayor’s mansion, past seventeenth-century town houses trimmed with silver fleurs-de-lis, past the solid golden back of a great market building, its steps leading down to the surface of the water from heavily barred old doors. For centuries, river cargo had been hoisted up at that place to feed the town. And where primitive huts had once proliferated on the shore, sycamores—the European plane tree—now grew to an immense girth above the river walls and dropped curls of bark into the current.

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