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Bert Checkov was a Fleet Street racing correspondent with an unnerving talent for tipping non-starters for big races. But the advice he gave James Tyrone, a few minutes before he fell to his death, was of a completely different nature... Not one for the quiet life, Tyrone has a bloodhound's nose for trouble and pretty soon he's caught up in an increasingly dangerous game. One that threatens him, his crippled wife and the credibility of the racing world. Blowing the roof off is the number one policy of The Sunday Blaze ... and Tyrone hyas stumbled upon explosive material. 'A superb chiller and killer' New York Times Book Review
Publisher: London : Pan Books, 1970, c1968
ISBN: 9780330025324
Characteristics: 204 p


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Jul 12, 2013

One of Francis's best. Like most of his novels, the mystery is not in "who done it", as the culprit is evident fairly early on. The thrill comes from reading how a decent and admirable protagonist with an extremely challenging personal situation confronts a killer. Francis's success lies in his ability to manipulate the expectations we have built up from having read countless books by lesser writers. That is how I would recommend this novel - an antidote to those who are weary of the predictable.

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