Book - 2005
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"When reporter Bert Checkov falls to his death, his colleague James Tyrone is suspicious. Checkov's column had recently recommended some 'can't lose' horses--who then wound up out of the running on race. Tyrone thinks he can prove it was murder, but he may not live to tell the tale. Because as the dead man has already made clear, there's no such thing as a sure thing..."--provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2005, c1969.
Edition: Berkley ed.
ISBN: 9780425201916
Call Number: FRANCIS
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 18 cm
Subjects: Sports stories.
Mystery fiction.
Horse racing -- Fiction.


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Jul 12, 2013

One of Francis's best. Like most of his novels, the mystery is not in "who done it", as the culprit is evident fairly early on. The thrill comes from reading how a decent and admirable protagonist with an extremely challenging personal situation confronts a killer. Francis's success lies in his ability to manipulate the expectations we have built up from having read countless books by lesser writers. That is how I would recommend this novel - an antidote to those who are weary of the predictable.


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