Triple Crown

Triple Crown

Large Print - 2016
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Jefferson Hinkley is back in the newest thriller in the Dick Francis tradition, this time on a special mission to the United States to investigate a conspiracy involving the biggest horse races in the country. Jeff Hinkley, investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, has been seconded to the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA) where he has been asked to find a mole in their organization an informant who is passing on confidential information to those under suspicion in American racing. At the Kentucky Derby, Jeff joins the FACSA team in a raid on a horse trainer s barn at Churchill Downs, but the bust is a disaster, and someone ends up dead. Then, on the morning of the Derby itself, three of the most favored horses in the field fall sick. These suspicious events can be no coincidence. In search of answers, Jeff goes undercover as a groom on the backstretch at Belmont Park racetrack in New York. But he discovers far more than he was bargaining for: corrupt individuals who will stop at nothing including murder to capture the most elusive prize in world sport, the Triple Crown."
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410493330
1410493334
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 523 (large print) ; 23 cm
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jeffreyochsner
May 13, 2017

Felix Francis does a great job carrying on the tradition of his father's books with horse racing at the center! This book takes place in the US, and it is interesting to hear the perspective of the UK visitor about the US violence, use of guns, etc. The title refers to the fact that the British visitor is here in the US during the triple crown races. It is a fascinating plot and the main character is smart and admirable.

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Roundcat
Nov 14, 2016

This latest Francis book is definitely up to the standards of the Francis family business. Jeff Hinckley has been asked to work in the U.S. for the fictional Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA) to find a mole who has been alerting race track owners of upcoming raids. In the process, he discovers that someone is fixing the three Triple Crown races. As usual Felix has done some research. We learn about the unenviable life of race track grooms, diseases of horses, and get tips on how to tail someone. Of course, there is violence and a chase. Altogether an well plotted, entertaining read.

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