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Spelling and vernacular are UK English, but shouldn't pose any problems in context for readers from North America. 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. An ex jockey friend Gary Bremner contacts Sid and begs him to drive to his stables as he feels his life is in danger, but Sid tells him he can’t that if he needs him he should drive to him.

Overall this is a highly engaging and enjoyable read, that features many a twist, It keeps you gripped and enthralled in suspense. I understand I can change my preference through my account settings or unsubscribe directly from any marketing communications at any time. He was amongst the first ‘adult’ reads that I explored at the time, and over the years I have read everything he’s written. It was completely unexpected, but equally confusing I felt like they used too much niche lingo that I struggled to get it grips with it.perfect for curling up on a chilly autumn evening and reading it will definitely keep you guessing and completely engrossed from start to finish. Suffice to say it’s a great read, with a good insight into the hard life of an up and coming jockey. With this occupying his thoughts he isn't in a hurry to become involved with any investigation but the person making the plea is an old racing friend and Sid says yes. I did feel this entry in the series was maybe a trifle more scattered and difficult to follow than most of the others.

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. However, the very next morning, the friend’s stable yard is torched, horses killed, and then the friend is found dead.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. Life should be looking good but things start to sour when his wife decides to go home to be with her mother when she finds out that her father is dying. 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.

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