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  • Published: 27 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781405916769
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99
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Ex-steeplechaser Randall Drew is reluctantly off to pre-Olympic-games Moscow, as a favour to royalty. One of the blue bloods is destined to compete in the games and there are concerns - both of safety and of scandal - that only Drew, with his racing connections, can clear up.

Ex-steeplechaser Randall Drew is reluctantly off to pre-Olympic-games Moscow, as a favour to royalty. One of the blue bloods is destined to compete in the games and there are concerns - both of safety and of scandal - that only Drew, with his racing connections, can clear up.

On arriving - speaking no Russian and wishing he were back home -  Drew is supposed to identify and contact one Alyosha to clear up the scandal. Instead, he finds himself tailed by the KGB and embroiled in foiling a terrorist plot - or die trying.
Home seems an awfully long way away - and if he's not careful, he'll be going back in a box . . .
A classic mystery from Dick Francis, the champion of English storytellers.
'Entirely enjoyable.'  New York Times

  • Pub date: 27 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781405916769
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Dick Francis

Dick Francis has written forty-one novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), his autobiography (The Sport of Queens) and the biography of Lester Piggott. He is justly acclaimed as one of the greatest thriller writers in the world.

He has received many awards, amongst them the prestigious Crime Writers Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the genre, and the Mystery Writers of America have given him three Edgar Allen Poe awards for the best novel of the year, and in 1996 made him a Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2000.

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