By Dick Francis


Peter Darwin was hoping for some quiet leave from the Foreign Office.

Instead he found himself in the village of his childhood – at the service of a veterinary surgeon whose operating theatre was rapidly acquiring an unwanted reputation as an abattoir. The sudden unexplained death of a string of valuable racehorses from one small area in Gloucestershire was a mystery the police couldn’t solve. But Darwin was local. He remembered the people and what was at stake… And now he know enough to get himself killed…

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