When his best friend and rival has a fatal accident in the middle of a race, steeplechaser Alan York finds the cause--an almost invisible trip wire rigged to take down a running horse. And the more he investigates, the more likely he is to take a fall...
"...[is] a rare and magical talent."-- San Diego Union Tribune
"...stands head and shoulders above the rest."-- Ottawa Citizen
"...just gets better and better."-- The Charlotte Observer
Dick Francis was named Grand Master at the 1997 Edgar Awards
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful: Out of the Gate Fast, October 28, 2000 Reviewer: Charles R. Slater from Mount Kisco, New York United States This is the first of Dick Francis' racing novels, although not the first I read. In fact, I was amazed to see it was numero uno. Even Robert Parker, another mystery master, took one novel to get it right. Francis, in racetrack parlance, broke from the gate fast. All the elements are there: A likeable hero who pursues the truth at great personal risk; a sweet but never turn-the-page-torrid romance with a bend in the road; outside knowledge about an interesting field, and an interesting villain one can almost sympathize with on some level. It grabs you right away with the murder of a jockey during a race and never lets go, right to the surprising conclusion -- one, incidentally, which our hero desperately wanted not to be so. Enjoy. It's a great start to a great, long ride. Francis' first and one of his best.