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British gold tycoon Malcolm Pembroke is in a whole world of trouble. Not only has his nasty fifth wife just been gruesomely murdered, but he has moved back to the top of the police's suspect list after nearly dying in an attack staged to look like the suicide of a conscience-stricken wife-killer. Where to turn for help? To the person he trusts most in the world: his estranged son Ian, an amateur jockey and blookstock agent. But the investigation Ian undertakes is not easy or pleasant, because to him the most obvious suspects are his eight half-siblings and their bitter mothers, and the dark secrets he uncovers about their lives may well put an end to his own.
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The review of this Book prepared by Ruth Stout

Wealthy gold trader Malcolm Pembroke has five ex-wives and nine children 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.
The review of this Book prepared by Di Bingham

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very upbeat    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   relative Murder of certain profession?    -   "All in the family" murder Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   sports Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   jockey Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Australia Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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