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Hands Down

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Watching the news the following day, he sees that Bremner’s horse barn has gone up in flames, and several horses have been killed, including, perhaps, Bremner. It takes the two of them and a brave young jockey to finally settle the matter, but not without some bodily harm. When his friend’s stable yard is torched, horses killed, and the friend is found dead, Sid can only blame himself for not helping sooner.

This had a decent plot and a number of interesting characters but unfortunately they failed to gel into a good read, somehow I was completely disengaged and quite honestly it was boring. This was an engaging read, full of suspense, fast paced, gripping, looking at the underbelly of the racing world, but how are these masterminds controlling things without being caught?Could it really be the case that someone was trying to manipulate all of British racing for their own greedy ends? Can Sid get to the bottom of what's going on before he too becomes a victim, while, at the same time, saving his marriage?

Hands Down is pure storytelling, wonderfully written, which had me hooked from the opening pages, it is a read which you need to know what is going to happen next and in which direction is the author going to take you.I have to think that Francis does not know many women, or go to racing often, because almost every character is a man. He was amongst the first ‘adult’ reads that I explored at the time, and over the years I have read everything he’s written. Set against the backdrop of horse racing this one has Sid with a new arm to replace the prosthetic one. Heavy with a guilty heart, Sid starts to investigate and soon finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy that cuts to the very heart of the integrity of British horse racing. Someone is finding a way to rig horse races for their own financial gain and are blackmailing both jockeys and trainers to further their plot.

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