High Stakes: A classic racing mystery from the king of crime

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Dick Francis, the bestselling master of mystery and suspense, takes you into the thrilling world of horse racing.

Steven Scott may have been a successful, wealthy inventor with no experience in horse racing, yet with the inspired guidance of his trainer, Jody Leeds, and the prowess of a beautiful black hurdler named Energise, he has brought home several wins.

But his winning streak is about to come to a fast end when he discovers trouble in his own stables: trouble that could bring about his own termination if he doesn’t watch his step.

Praise for Dick Francis

‘[Francis] has the uncanny ability to turn out simply plotted yet charmingly addictive mysteries’ Wall Street Journal

‘Francis is a geniusLos Angeles Times

A rare and magical talent... who never writes the same story twice’ San Diego Union-Tribune

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Dick Francis is widely acclaimed as one of the world's finest thriller writers. His awards include the Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the crime genre, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tufts University of Boston. In 1996 Dick Francis was made a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement and in 2000 he received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

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Publisher
Canelo
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Published on
May 2, 2019
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Pages
300
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ISBN
9781788634816
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Animals
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Cats & Dogs
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
History / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century
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