Dead Heat by Dick Francis, Felix Francis

By Dick Francis, Felix Francis

After a six-year absence from the bestseller lists, Dick Francis roared out of the gate with 2006's below Orders, demonstrating once more each ounce of his famed narrative force, fabulous plotting, and simmering suspense. tough at the heels of that triumph comes useless warmth, set opposed to the backdrop of Britain's famed Thousand Guineas Stakes.

Max Moreton is a emerging culinary big name and his Newmarket eating place, The Hay internet, has introduced him nice acclaim and a widening circle of admirers. but if approximately the entire site visitors who loved one among his foodstuff at a personal catered affair fall sufferer to serious nutrients poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his acceptance takes a success. Scrambling to satisfy his subsequent legal responsibility, an unique luncheon for 40 within the glass-fronted inner most packing containers on the Thousand Guineas, Max needs to triumph over the former evening's catastrophe and supply the recent American sponsors of the year's first vintage race with an afternoon to recollect.

Then a bomb blast rips during the deepest bins, killing a few of Max's relied on employees in addition to some of the visitors. As survivors are rushed to the clinic, Max is left to survey the ruins of the grandstand-and of his occupation. shut calls are too shut for convenience, and Max vows to guard his name-and himself- earlier than it's too past due.

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The man next to her muttered the word, causing Mattie’s gaze to fly back to Dom. Her heartbeat skyrocketed out of control. His left leg had slipped out from under him, interrupting his reach for rock. He didn’t flail or kick the way Mattie would have expected. Instead, he hung suspended in air, his only lifeline his right-handed grip on the small overhang. Panic reared its ugly claws. The tornado swirled to life inside her, just like it had when they’d been together and she’d imagined him being gunned down on the job.

Jordan picked at a nail. “Sometimes I want to. But I can’t. ” Standing, she walked toward the framed picture of John Nolan, who’d died when she was five. Picking it up, she stared at it. “Sometimes I wish I had two dads. ” She glanced at Mattie, who swiftly inhaled. Because at that moment, Jordan looked so much like her father—her real father—it made her want to weep. Maybe sensing her mood, Jordan put down the picture frame and threw herself into Mattie’s arms. They hugged until Mattie pulled away and smoothed Jordan’s hair from her face.

Dom and Mattie’s story is particularly special to me because I was able to use my experiences as a criminal prosecutor to add authenticity to the courtroom settings. Plus, I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of young lovers who connect a little too early and are torn apart, but then, after growing and living and learning what really matters to them, are able to reunite so that their bond is not just stronger, but unbreakable. Every book I write is meant to inspire and empower the belief that our capacity for love and goodness never dies.

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