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- Publisher: Pan Books
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 110mm x 176mm x 30mm | 222g
- Publication date: 2 March 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 033045482X
- ISBN 13: 9780330454827
- Edition: Unabridged
- Edition statement: Unabridged
- Sales rank: 79,802
'I wondered if I was dying. I wasn't afraid to die, but such was the pain in my gut, I wished it would happen soon.' The night before the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket sees the great and the good of the horse-racing community gathered for a black-tie gala dinner at the Hay Net - the racing town's favourite Michelin-starred restaurant - founded by Max Moreton, something of a local celebrity. Spending the night retching in the throes of agony is the last thing Max expected of the evening. But much worse is to come...his food is suspected of putting twenty-four dinner guests in hospital. Within hours, Max's restaurant is forcibly closed, his reputation teeters on the brink of ruin, and a court case looms. But the day is far from over, for soon Max Moreton finds himself desperately fighting for more than just his livelihood...
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Dick Francis has written more than forty international bestsellers and is widely acclaimed as one of the world's finest thriller writers. His awards include the Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the genre, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tufts University of Boston. In 1996 Dick Francis was made a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement and in 2000 he was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Sadly he died in 2010. Felix Francis is the younger of Dick's two sons. Over the last 40 years Felix has assisted with the research on many of the Dick Francis novels, including Twice Shy, Shattered and Under Orders. Felix took on a more significant role in the writing of Dead Heat.