ODDS AGAINST: Champion jockey Sid Halley gave up racing when his hand was smashed. As he soon discovers, life as a private eye could be a lot worse, especially when a ruthless property dealer has plans for Seabury racetrack - plans that set high odds against a novice detective staying alive . . .
'A plot that goes with the pace of a champion hurdler' Evening Standard
WHIP HAND: There are two worlds in racing: winning and losing. Sid Halley is on the trail of thugs who aim to win at any price. There's a syndicate of owners with a sideline in violent kidnapping and a bookmaker whose hatred of favourites goes one deathly step too far. Halley must return to winning ways. To lose is to die . .
'Superb . . . this is Mr Francis's best book. And that's high praise' Sunday Mirror
COME TO GRIEF: Sid Halley has uncovered an obnoxious crime committed by a friend. On the first day of the friend's trial, at which Sid is to be as a witness, something happens which leads to days of hard detection and heart-searching torment. Troubled, but courageous, Sid Halley is unwilling to admit defeat . . .
'Francis is firmly in the saddle, leaving the opposition standing' Sunday Telegraph