Dead Heat

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G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2007 - Fiction - 342 pages
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After a six-year absence from the bestseller lists, Dick Francis roared out of the gate with 2006's Under Orders, demonstrating once again every ounce of his famed narrative drive, brilliant plotting, and simmering suspense. Hard on the heels of that triumph comes Dead Heat, set against the backdrop of Britain's famed Two Thousand Guineas Stakes.

Max Moreton is a rising culinary star and his Newmarket restaurant, The Hay Net, has brought him great acclaim and a widening circle of admirers. But when nearly all the guests who enjoyed one of his meals at a private catered affair fall victim to severe food poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his reputation takes a hit. Scrambling to meet his next obligation, an exclusive luncheon for forty in the glass-fronted private boxes at the Two Thousand Guineas, Max must overcome the previous evening's disaster and provide the new American sponsors of the year's first classic race with a day to remember.

Then a bomb blast rips through the private boxes, killing some of Max's trusted staff as well as many of the guests. As survivors are rushed to the hospital, Max is left to survey the ruins of the grandstand-and of his career. Two close calls are too close for comfort, and Max vows to protect his name-and himself- before it's too late.

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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

As usual, the horse related parts are quite interesting. The romance is really intrusive, and our protagonist is required to be really stupid in order to make sure the book doesn't get too long. Like ... Read full review

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User Review  - JenneB - LibraryThing

Oh, boy. Obviously Felix is being groomed to take over the Francis dynasty from his dad, but I think we should just let it end. This had all the elements you expect in a DF book, but it was just ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Dick Francis is the author of more than forty books, including the New York Timesbestsellers Under Ordersand Shattered. A three-time Edgar Aware winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger, was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2000.

Felix Francis, a graduate of London University, worked for many years teaching advanced level physics at three English schools. He is an accomplished outdoorsman, marksman, and pilot, and has assisted with the research of several of his father's novels.

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