By Dick Francis
(Berkley, Mass Market Paperback, 9780425211038, 272pp.)
Publication Date: August 1, 2006
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When he wakes in a pitch-black room with his hands bound, Roland Britten—accountant and champion steeplechase jockey—knows he’s entered a nightmare of someone else’s making. Wracking his brain to figure out who’s out to get him and why, he comes up empty, but somehow manages a death-defying escape. It isn’t long, though, before he’s recaptured. Now, with his life at stake, he must take every risk to outsmart his well-disguised enemy and save himself...
Dick Francis (pictured with his son Felix Francis) was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster.
He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957, he published an autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks.
A three-time Edgar Award winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger, was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000. He died in February 2010, at age eighty-nine, and remains among the greatest thriller writers of all time.
"FRANCIS CAPTURES OUR ATTENTION AND HOLDS US SPELLBOUND."
—The New York Times Book Review
“THE BEST THRILLER WRITER GOING.”—The Atlantic Monthly
“FRANCIS IS A GENIUS.”—Los Angeles Times
“[THE] MASTER OF CRIME FICTION AND EQUINE THRILLS.”—Newsday
“Few match Francis for dangerous flights of fancy and pure, inventive menace.”
“A POSITIVE GENIUS.”—Time
“DICK FRANCIS IS A WONDER.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“FEW THINGS ARE MORE CONVINCING THAN DICK FRANCIS AT A FULL GALLOP.”—Chicago Tribune