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John Francome , Gareth Armstrong
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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1 Feb 2007

Jockey Pat Vincent has ambitions to win the best races and become a wealthy sporting hero. But Pat knows his dreams will never be fulfilled so he’s devised a brilliant new scam which, if discovered, would see him warned off for life. But first it’s guaranteed to make him rich.

Pat’s girlfriend Zoe is starting her second full season as an apprentice jockey. A talented rider, she has a chance of becoming champion apprentice, if she’s not sidetracked by the disasters of her sister Harriet’s unhappy marriage…

Along the crumbling cliffs in Somerset a man walks his dog. Every day Andy Burns – Pat’s partner-in-crime, Harriet’s tortured husband – wrestles with the demons that haunt his life. But Andy would be better off keeping his thoughts on the ground – it’s a long way down to the beach below.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: ISIS Publishing (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075312663X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753126639
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,881,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ex-National Hunt Champion Jockey John Francome is a broadcaster on racing for Channel 4. His electrifying racing thrillers have also won him legions of fans. He lives in Berkshire. John Francome's previous novels include Deadly Finish, Final Breath, Dark Horse, Free Fall and Stalking Horse.

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‘Curiosity and clever writing will compel you to keep reading this tough and torrid tale…a fun read’

(Horse & Hound 20061109)

'A murky brew that Francome keeps bubbling nicely...the background to the skulduggery is completely persuasive'

(Good Book Guide 20061101) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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How far do you have to run to escape the past? --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JOHN'S WRITTEN BETTER 10 Dec 2006
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First off, i will start with introducing the characters. you have Zoe an apprentice jockey and her boyfriend pat, a jockey. Zoe's sister Harriett is married to Andy a head lad. Pat and Andy have a illegal betting coup going, and all the money is in andy's name, bit troublesome when Andy is found dead at the bottom of the cliff. Did he jump or was he pushed ? Harriett is having an affair with her tennis coach. What will he say when she ends it ? the prologue made no sense until the last few pages. i read this book in 24 hours. Just think it is not as good as previous books, i think inside track is the best off the lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Racing thriller 12 Aug 2009
Crime fiction not a genre I read very often and a first by John Francome, although I remember when one of my daughters was younger she went through a phase of reading this author. Owning a horse and living near racing stables was probably part of the attraction.
As an ex jockey turned writer he obviously knows the racing world inside out and draws on his own background and experiences for his novels. As it has been languishing on our bookshelves for a couple of years and I was looking for a book that would be easy to concentrate on, I decided to pick this one. It met my expectations as suitable for the mood I was in and I finished it very quickly.

The main protagonists are two couples, Pat a jockey who is unwisely operating a scam with Andy the husband of Harriet, who just happens to be the sister of Pat's girlfriend Zoe. Harriet is the only one of the foursome who does not work in the world of horse racing. Somewhat bored with the lifestyle she gets involved with a hunky tennis coach at the health club where she works in the hairdressing salon.
As this is a crime thriller there is of course the inevitable murder along the way which is well plotted although I had guessed correctly who did it before the author finally reveals the truth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Francome !! 14 July 2014
By Ali G
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John Francome never fails........his books all have fantastic story lines - Free Fall is Brilliant !!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be st seller 20 Feb 2014
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once again Francome has told a wonderful story, he makes you so involved with both the characters and the yards and his knowledge of the racing scene .
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4.0 out of 5 stars John Francome book collector 20 Jan 2014
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Have all John Francome's books up to Cover Up enjoying reading them. Just got this book for Kindle am sure I will enjoy reading it as I did his others.
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