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Under orders

By Dick Francis

After six years of silence, Dick Francis has gone into print again with a new Sid Halley racing thriller (his 39th novel to date).

Death at the races is not uncommon, but three in a single afternoon did raise an eyebrow and it’s the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley.

Former champion jockey, Halley, knows the perils of racing all too well, but in his day, jockeys didn’t usually reach the finishing line with three rounds of bullets in the chest.

Just moments before the gruesome discovery, Halley had been called upon by Lord Enstone to make discreet enquiries into why his horses appeared to be on a permanent losing streak. Halley’s quest for answers draws him deep into the darker side of the race game, in a life-or-death power play that will push him to his professional and personal limits.

Available in hardcover at the special, reduced price of 26 euros (normally 29.50 euros)