By Dick Francis
Peter Darwin hoped for a few quiet go away from the overseas workplace. as a substitute he discovered himself within the village of his adolescence - on the provider of a veterinary physician whose working theatre was once swiftly buying an undesirable popularity as an abattoir. The unexpected unexplained dying of a string of priceless racehorses from one small quarter in Gloucestershire used to be a secret the police couldn't clear up. yet Darwin was once neighborhood. He remembered the folk and what used to be at stake... And now he recognize sufficient to get himself killed...
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