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Pan Books, 1970 - Detective and mystery stories - 208 pages
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Bert Checkov was a Fleet Street racing correspondent with an unnerving talent for tipping non-starters for big races. But the advice he gave James Tyrone, a few minutes before he fell to his death, was of a completely different nature...

Not one for the quiet life, Tyrone has a bloodhound's nose for trouble and pretty soon he's caught up in an increasingly dangerous game. One that threatens him, his crippled wife and the credibility of the racing world.

Blowing the roof off is the number one policy of The Sunday Blaze ... and Tyrone hyas stumbled upon explosive material.

'A superb chiller and killer' New York Times Book Review

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Review: Forfeit

User Review  - Sally - Goodreads

Another great mystery with a racing correspondent investigating a betting scheme that uses blackmail as leverage. He has a wife who has been stricken by polio (just as Francis's wife was for a while ... Read full review

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User Review  - Greer Andjanetta - Goodreads

What an unexpected find - a Dick Francis book I had not read before. An excellent, very enjoyable story (as always), one that you wish would not end. A book to keep rather than exchange to enjoy again in a couple of years. Read full review

About the author (1970)

Dick Francis was born in Wales in 1920. Because his father was a jockey and a stable manager, Francis grew up around horses, and after a stint as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II, he became a steeplechase jockey himself, turning professional in 1948. Francis noted in his autobiography, The Sport of Queens, that he would probably be remembered as the man who didn't win the National, the prestigious English steeplechase race; while riding for the Queen Mother in the 1956 National, his horse, in the lead and expected to win, faltered just yards from the finish line. Of course, Francis made that prediction before he began writing bestselling thrillers. When he retired from racing in 1957, Francis went to work as a racing correspondent for the Sunday Express, a London paper. In the early sixties, he decided to combine his love of mysteries with his knowledge of the racing world, and published Dead Cert in 1962. Every year since then, on average, Francis has produced another best-selling thriller. Set mostly in the racing world, his other mysteries include Forfeit, Blood Sport, Slay-ride, Odds Against, Flying Finish, Smoke Screen, High Stakes, and Long Shot. Francis's For Kicks received the Silver Dagger award from Britain's Crime Writers Association and the Gold Dagger for Whip Hand; he also received the Diamond Dagger award in 1990. He has been honored by the Mystery Writers of America, as well, receiving Edgar awards for Come to Grief and Forfeit, and, in 1996, the designation Grand Master. Francis lives in the British West Indies; however, he and his wife travel extensively to attend races, to research his books, and to visit their sons in England.

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