Violence suddenly takes the lead in the life of Neil Griffon. First his father, a stable owner, suffers a grisly accident, then Neil is brutally assaulted and abducted. The price for his freedom will mean the betrayal and deception of those who trust Griffon most. But he has no choice: A no-compromise crime czar has made an ultimatum--that his own eighteen-year old son be hired by Griffon's stables to ride the superstar horse, Archangel, in the Derby. And the young man must be trained to win. Or else....
"Few things are more convincing than Dick Francis at a full gallop."
One of Francis's earliest, and perhaps his best, June 30, 2002 Reviewer: Gary M. Greenbaum from Fairfax, VA USA One of Francis's novels from the days when he just wrote great books about people involved in horses. Neal Griffon, who broke with his racing-stable owner father many years previously and made a success of his life, is forced to take over the stable when his father is injured and the business threatened. The threat--a Swiss mobster wants his son, Alessandro, a novice jockey, to ride to success in the biggest race of the year. With that, we watch with fascination as both Neal and Alessandro try to resolve their relationships with their father without blood being spilled. It doesn't help matters that both fathers are among the most indomitable individuals I've ever read of . . . a good read, and with lessons for all of us.