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However, the very next morning, the friend’s stable yard is torched, horses killed, and then the friend is found dead.

Sid Halley, a private investigator, has a new left hand, having had a transplant since his last appearance in Refusal. Set against the backdrop of horse racing this one has Sid with a new arm to replace the prosthetic one. Having Sid Halley back was so welcome, for the rest the author has a knack for making his characters believable and down to earth, even though you don’t know them there is a familiarity to them, you can relate to each. Spelling and vernacular are UK English, but shouldn't pose any problems in context for readers from North America. The drips and drops of details, even entire plots, that had precipitated into my brain would have splished and splashed into even smaller drops to be carried along with the churning river of drips from the thrilling (or not) pages of the hundreds of whodunnits I have read, mixing up the characters, settings, and plots until I wouldn’t be able to distinguish one from the other, or sometimes even forgetting that I had ever read it!He was amongst the first ‘adult’ reads that I explored at the time, and over the years I have read everything he’s written. When his friend turns up dead, apparently by suicide, then he can't resist the urge to investigate, assisted once again by Chicco. Sid was missing his wife and daughter, but he also felt duty bound to sort out who was doing what to rig races. Needless to say, that takes Sid to a couple of racetracks he once frequented as a jockey and pits him against several heavyweight nasties who would love nothing more than to get rid of him for good. My fave character Sid Halley makes a comeback, living a normal life now he's dragged back into the mysteries involved in horse racing.

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. Having read many of the authors (and his fathers) previous books there is a somewhat familiar style and feel to the book, however, that does not mean that the author has not kept this book feeling fresh, the plot is wonderfully contrived, in its construction it feels as though Sid Halley is leading himself up a blind alley as he tries to do right by all but that in itself presents a conundrum in also getting justice and retribution, for me that added a clever dimension to the plot-line which allowed the book to have many a twist, the suspense and intrigue surrounding this kept me thinking as to where the book would lead. Now he's back - decked out with a new but real hand courtesy of a donor that, with the help of anti-rejection drugs, is working better every day. And he's married to his beloved Marina and has a nine-year-old daughter named Saskia who is the center of his existence.Then when that friend turns up dead, with his horses slaughtered, and his property set alight- Sid find himself wading through conspiracies, agendas, secrets, and plots to find out what had happened and uncover the culprit/s.

I understand I can change my preference through my account settings or unsubscribe directly from any marketing communications at any time. He soon finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy that cuts to the very heart of the integrity of British horse racing, and then danger comes closer to home than ever. I remember reading him of old, pinching my mums old Dick Francis paperbacks and tucking myself away somewhere to read them. His wife Marina has decided she needs some time out of their marriage to think about the future and Sid is devastated. 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.What a pleasure to find a comfy spot, tell the world to go away for awhile and settle down with the new mystery featuring Sid Halley. As a side plot, there is some discussion about Sid's transplanted left hand and his feelings about it, as well as some marital tension regarding that hand. I’m afraid those old shoes were pretty hard to fill, thus my disappointment about the slightly rehashed crime that begs for Sid’s attention and makes him a target of those he tries to thwart. Nearing fifty and having much more to lose made Sid a more careful investigator but still a very persistent and intelligent one. My thanks to the publisher Crooked Lane and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

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