Derek Franklin is an injured jockey, now that the last fence at Cheltenham has left him on crutches. But his brother's death means even bigger trouble, in this 1989 thriller from Dick Francis (following The Edge), as Derek inherits a jewelry business, a mistress—and some very shadowy business associates. Derek likes to play things straight, but with £1.5 million in diamonds gone missing, he finds honesty can be a deadly virtue. His only hope of survival is to identify his brother's mysterious enemies—money-hungry men who scorn the good and despise the straight. Once one of the top horse-racing jockeys in Britain, Dick Francis (1920–2010) went on to become one of the world's most celebrated mystery writers, inventing his own genre of thrillers set in the world of horse racing, and winning an unparalleled three Edgar Awards for Best Novel as well as the CWA's Diamond Dagger and the MWA's Grand Master Award.
"This is one of the most enjoyable books Dick Francis has written."—Spectator (London)