By Dick Francis
Peter Darwin hoped for a few quiet go away from the overseas place of work. as an alternative he came across himself within the village of his youth - on the provider of a veterinary physician whose working theatre used to be speedily buying an undesirable acceptance as an abattoir. The unexpected unexplained demise of a string of important racehorses from one small quarter in Gloucestershire was once a secret the police couldn't clear up. yet Darwin was once neighborhood. He remembered the folk and what used to be at stake... And now he be aware of sufficient to get himself killed...
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