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"Nicholas "Foxy" Foxton, a former jockey who suffered a career- ending injury, is out for a day at the Grand National races when his friend and coworker Herb Kovak is murdered, execution style, right in front of him-and 60,000 other potential witnesses. Foxton and Kovak were both independent financial advisers at Lyall & Black, a firm specializing in extreme-risk investments. As he struggles to come to terms with Kovak's seemingly inexplicable death, Foxton begins to question everything, from how well he knew his friend to how much he understands about his employer. Was Kovak's murder a case of mistaken identity...or something more sinister?" --Publishers description.
Publisher: London : Michael Joseph, ©2011
ISBN: 9780718156657
Branch Call Number: FRANCIS
Characteristics: 418 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Francis, Dick
Alternative Title: Dick Francis's Gamble


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Oct 15, 2015

A comfortable, easy read. Felix is not yet as good as his Dad, Dick Francis, but almost there.
A good book for a rainy afternoon or a snowy weekend.

Nov 20, 2012

First Francis novel I have ever read as I had heard good things about him. Was not planning to read any more until I saw that this book was written by the son (Francis) and not the father (Dick). So I'll give Francis (Dick this time) another try.

Jan 09, 2012

Felix takes over his father's franchise. Good story, but not as polished as Dick's

Cdnbookworm Dec 21, 2011

Following in the footsteps of his father, Dick Francis, this is Felix Francis' first solo Dick Francis novel. He assisted his father on many of his recent books, and this novel feels and reads in the same style. Here we have Nick 'Foxy' Foxton ex-jockey, sidelined due to an injury, who is now an independent financial advisor. Because of his past, he has a lot of clients in the horse-racing world, and goes often to races. As the book begins, Nick is at the Grand National with a work colleague and possible new friend, when his friend is shot to death beside him. Herb was a nice young man, an American, who seemingly got on well with everyone, so Nick is unable to understand what has happened. He wonders if the wrong person was targeted. When Nick discovers a threatening note in Herb's coat pocket, he struggles to figure out what Herb was up to. Nick's concern grows when he finds that Herb has made him his executor and beneficiary.
Nick is also approached by a member of the gentry involved in the horse-racing world, who has concerns about a particular investment one of Nick's bosses has involved him in. Nick promises to check into it quietly. Nick is also worried about his girlfriend Claudia and what he perceives as a growing distance between them.
Nick has thought of his life as boring since leaving his life as a jockey, but now he is getting more excitement than he wants, and he trusts very few as he digs deeper into the mystery.

Aug 15, 2011

Loved it. It was just like Dick's books. An excellent mystery!

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