As an occassional visitor to the racecourse, it had occurred to me that the scope for corruption in racing did exist. This novel did nothing to rid me of this notion. Of course one must separate fact from fiction, but Francome's novel is entirely convincing. The style is quick and absorbing, with many twists and turns both on and off the racecourse. The whodunnit element is obvious when revealed at the end - but it leaves the reader annoyed that he/she did not spot it earlier. Thoroughly enjoyable, this novel stopped me doing anything else for a full day.