By Dick Francis

A closed-door enquiry has stumbled on a jockey accountable of the bottom attainable crime--throwing a race for cash. His popularity scarred, he is all started his personal investigation--but asking the incorrect questions simply may possibly get him killed.

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He raised his eyebrows. ‘We by no means need to provide purposes for our judgements. ’ I smothered amusing. The method had its makes use of. Lord Ferth sat down within the chair back and positioned the letter in his briefcase. Then he packed up the tape recorder and tucked that away too. Then with an air of delicately making a choice on his phrases he stated, ‘A scandal of this type might do racing loads of damage. ’ ‘So you will have me to take my licence again and close up? ’ ‘Er… definite. ’ ‘And now not chase after the blackmailer, in case he blows the gaffe? ’ ‘Exactly. ’ He was once relieved that I understood. ‘No. ’ I stated. ‘Why no longer? ’ Persuasion in his voice. ‘Because he attempted to kill me. ’ ‘What? ’ I confirmed him the chew of exhaust manifold, and defined. ‘Someone on the dance,’ I stated. ‘That signifies that our blackmailer is one in all approximately 600 humans, and from there it shouldn’t be too demanding. you could kind of rule out the ladies, simply because few of them might drill via forged iron donning a night gown. a lot too conspicuous, if somebody observed them. That leaves 300 males. ’ ‘Someone who knew your car,’ he acknowledged. ‘Surely that might slender it down significantly. ’ ‘It will possibly not. somebody can have obvious me getting out of it on the races. It was once a obvious vehicle, I’m afraid. yet I arrived overdue on the dance. the automobile used to be parked correct on the again. ’ ‘Have you…’ he cleared his throat. ‘Are the police fascinated with this? ’ ‘If you suggest are they at the moment investigating an tried homicide, then no, they don't seem to be. in case you suggest, am I going to invite them to enquire, and so on. then I haven’t made up our minds. ’ ‘Once you begin the police on anything, you can’t cease them. ’ ‘On the opposite hand if I don’t commence them the blackmailer may need one other pass at me, with only a fraction of an inch extra luck. which might be rather adequate. ’ ‘Um. ’ He concept it over. ‘But in case you made it transparent to every person now that you're not any further searching for out who framed you… he would possibly not attempt back. ’ I acknowledged apparently, ‘Do you actually imagine it might be most sensible for racing if we simply go away this blackmailing assassin romping round loose? ’ ‘Better than a full-blown scandal. ’ The voice of firm international relations. ‘And if he doesn’t stick with your line of reasoning… and he does kill me… how might that do for a scandal? ’ He didn’t solution. simply checked out me levelly with the new eyes. ‘All correct, then,’ I acknowledged. ‘No police. ’ ‘Thank you. ’ ‘Us, although. We’ll need to do it ourselves. locate him and care for him. ’ ‘How do you suggest? ’ ‘I’ll locate him. You care for him. ’ ‘To your pride, I suppose,’ he acknowledged satirically. ‘Absolutely. ’ ‘And Lord Gowery? ’ ‘He’s yours completely. I shan’t inform Dexter Cranfield something in any respect. ’ ‘Very good. ’ He stood up, and that i struggled up and about directly to the crutches. ‘Just one thing,’ I acknowledged. ‘Could you manage to have that package deal of Lord Gowery’s despatched to me right here? ’ ‘I have it with me. ’ with no hesitation he took a wide Manila envelope out of the briefcase and placed it at the mattress. ‘You’ll know the way he fell on it with reduction. ’ ‘Things being as they were,’ I agreed.

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