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By Dick Francis, Felix Francis

From Dick Francis and his son, Felix, comes Geoffrey Mason-a safety barrister whose precise ardour is driving his Thoroughbred. Mason's lives collide whilst a fellow jockey is accused of murdering a colleague with a pitchfork. Mason prefers to not become involved. yet quickly he's torn among doing what is right-and what's going to hold him alive.

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