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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Dick Francis

Narrated By: Martin Jarvis

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: September 2006

Duration: 9 hours 55 minutes


Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than one eyebrow." It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley. Last seen in 1995's Come to Grief, former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well-but in his day, jockeys didn't usually reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest. But this is precisely how he finds jockey Huw Walker-who, only a few hours earlier, had won the coveted Triumph Hurdle.

Just moments before the gruesome discovery, Halley had been called upon by Lord Enstone to make discreet inquiries into why his horses appeared to be on a permanent losing streak. Are races being fixed? Are bookies taking a cut? And if so, are trainers and jockeys playing a dangerous game with stakes far higher than they are realistic?

Halley's quest for answers draws him even deeper into the darker side of the race game, in a life-or-death power play that will push him to his very limits-both professionally and personally.


  • Anonymous

    Dick Francis' Enquiry is, as always, outstanding. Narrator does an excellent job.

  • Rachel M

    A slow starter, but a good mystery all-in-all. I'd rent it if you have some patience for the beginning!

  • Tony Rozendaal

    Excellent, and a good reader. Enjoyed the book very much, and all the characters were wonderful

  • Anonymous

    Dick Francis is always at his best when the main character is directly involved in horse racing, and Sid Halley has always been my favorite lead character. If you have not read Dick Francis before, this would be a good, current novel to start out on. If you are a long time fan, it will not disappoint.