Devil to Pay

Devil to Pay

by Mark Daniel
     
 

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Arriving at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the steeplechase event of the year, jockey Nick Storr is shocked to learn that his father has fired him, and when his replacement loses the race, Nick is forced to confront the possibility that his father has purposely thrown the race. What Nick finds is disturbing. Can he ignore his findings, or will he turn the world of racing -…  See more details below

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Arriving at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the steeplechase event of the year, jockey Nick Storr is shocked to learn that his father has fired him, and when his replacement loses the race, Nick is forced to confront the possibility that his father has purposely thrown the race. What Nick finds is disturbing. Can he ignore his findings, or will he turn the world of racing - and the lives of his family - upside down?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After stumbling out of the starting gate, Daniel's racing thriller soon finds its stride with heart-stopping steeple-chase scenes and a plot that twists through nasty family secrets. Nick Storr, spoiled scion and rising-star jockey of classy Waylands stables, is abruptly and publicly sacked by his father, Perry, and Perry's second wife, Deirdre. Stable owner Maria Thornton, an earlier victim of Perry's rage, lures Nick from a drunken stupor onto her horses and into her revenge plans, spurring him to dig into his father's mucky past. Nick's mother helps, too, revealing some unlovely truths about Perry's acquisition of Waylands, which was bequeathed to him upon the death of a young widow many years earlier. Attacks by thugs mark Nick's progress until he is momentarily deflected by a job from his father's friend, mobster Chris Wildman. An arsonist--hired by Perry--torches Nick's mother's modest stable yard, setting Nick back on course and in real peril until he puts his main threat out of the running. Writing like Dick Francis without kid gloves, Daniel ( Unbridled ) layers multiple surprises into the extended conclusion of this rewarding tale of a rough-edged racing crowd. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Several missing persons complicate a Dick Francis-like plot in which a wealthy British trainer arbitrarily yanks his jockey son from an important race. Young Nick Storr, mostly at odds with his father and stepmother anyway, wallows in self-pity for a moment or two, then looks for reasons why. His research uncovers the seedy side of gambling and horse-racing, hidden aspects of his father's past, lost heirs, and old murder. Nicely detailed background, characters, and dialog highlight a fine addition to most collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380723287
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.42(w) x 6.91(h) x 0.73(d)

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