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By Dick Francis

Whilst globe-hopping British First Secretary Peter Darwin returns to his youth domestic fo a trip, he's sorry. watching for him have been long-hidden thoughts, a string of racehorse deaths and murder. As Darwin starts off to achieve that the most important to it all includes his personal prior, he needs he'd by no means get back, simply because he simply may possibly by no means go away back --- alive....
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