By Dick Francis
"Julian Trent, you've been stumbled on responsible by way of this courtroom of perpetrating a violent and unprovoked assault on an blameless kin together with a cost of tried homicide. you've proven very little regret on your activities and that i think about you a hazard to society."
When defence barrister Geoffrey Mason hears the judge's verdict, he quietly hopes lengthy and hard custodial sentence could be passed right down to his smug younger purchaser. That Julian Trent merely gets 8 years turns out all too lenient. Little does Mason count on that he'll be having a look Trent within the eyes back a lot ahead of he'd ever imagined.
Setting apart his barrister's wig, Mason heads to Sandown to don his racing silks. An novice jockey, his real ardour is to be present in the saddle on a Thoroughbred, pounding the turf within the warmth of a steeplechase. but if a fellow rider is brutally murdered -- a pitchfork pushed via his chest -- Mason's racing lifestyles quickly turns into all too just about his operating existence. The top suspect is certainly one of their brethren, champion jockey Steve Mitchell; the proof is overwhelming.
Mason is reluctant to heed Mitchell's pleas for felony recommendation -- yet quickly he reveals himself on the centre of a sinister net of risk and intimidation. Mason is left scuffling with a conflict of correct and flawed, and extra instantly, a conflict of existence and death... his personal.
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You do what you’re told and there won’t be any unpleasantness. This is what you’ve got to do. While Martin is dressing you’ll take that case with the papers in it and put it outside the study window on the window-sill, and you’ll leave the window unlatched. Now that’s absolutely all I’m asking you to do. It won’t take half a minute, and there’s no risk about it at all. The case will be back again on the study table before you’ve finished your dinner, and Martin will never know it’s been out of the house.
Her colour burned too. ” Miss Silver met the indignant gaze with a steady one. ” Without an instant’s hesitation Dorinda drove both hands into the pockets of her tweed coat. They were deep and capacious. They should have been empty. They were not empty. The fact struck her a blow which was as hard as it was unexpected. She felt as if she had missed a step and come down in the dark. Her eyes widened, her colour rose brightly. Her hands came up out of the pockets with a scatteration of stockings, handkerchiefs, and ribbon.
I am prepared to swear that this lady never turned back, and that she could not possibly have taken the mimosa spray. I was interested in her, and there was never a time when I could not see at least the top of her head. She could not have reached the mimosa spray from where she was, and she did not turn back. That is the first point. The second one is this. As the people moved on, there were naturally gaps between them. Through one such gap I saw one of the two young women I have mentioned in the act of withdrawing her hand from this lady’s coat pocket.