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Would you risk it all to get the truth?

The sudden death of a jockey-in-decline leaves his best friend with some very serious questions in Safe Bet, John Francome’s compelling racing thriller. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis’ Pulse and Triple Crown.

‘Francome provides a vivid panorama of the racing world… and handles the story’s twist deftly’ – The Times

Only when it’s too late does Mike Powell realise that he’s wasted his talents as a jockey and spoilt his marriage. His riding career is in decline; his beautiful wife, Tessa, has left him. And, to cap it all, he’s almost bankrupt, having tried to build a future by pinhooking. Then, on the way to the Sports Personality of the Year Awards, Mike is killed in a car crash.
When his old friend Jed Harvard discovers that Mike’s estate has been left to an American called George Parker – a man he’s never heard of before – his suspicions are aroused. While tracking down George, Jed discovers that Mike’s business deals have left a number of bitter enemies, and he realises that all is not what it seems…

What readers are saying about Safe Bet:

Another cracker from the man who has taken his skills from the saddle straight to his writing desk
Excellent as always’

‘[John Francome is] carrying on the excellent suspenseful Dick Francis style