Überblick:Klappentext 'Francis an ex-jockey has a sense of pace that would be the envy of most of his former colleagues....He throws in a doozy of a bonus surprise.'PEOPLEWealthy gold trader Malcolm Pembroke has five ex-wives and nine chidren between them all fighting among themselves. But when violent death strikes the least likable of his former spouses Malcolm himself feels threatened and he calls on his most capable son Ian the family jockey to protect him from his nearest and dearest. While he's at it Ian is also commissioned to delve for the final critical clue in the darkly buried Pembroke past simmering with the greed hate and vengefulness that could motivate blood to strike against blood. Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende Dick Francis (pictured with his son Felix Francis) was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster.He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957 he published an autobiography The Sport of Queens before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks. A three-time Edgar Award 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 a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000. He died in February 2010 at age eighty-nine and remains among the greatest thriller writers of all time.