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Derek Franklin is a steeplechase jockey nearing the end of his career. He broke his left ankle in a fall from a horse during a steeplechase at Cheltenham a few days before and talked his doctor into putting him in a soft cast so his muscles would not atrophy. After returning from the doctors, he received a telephone call in which he was told that his brother Greville was in intensive care at St. Catherine's Hospital at Ipswich close to 2 hours away. Not being able to drive himself, he gets his neighbor Brad to drive him. His brother has been in a horrible accident in which scaffolding fell on him as he was walking down the sidewalk. Hours after Derek's arrival his brother passes away leaving Derek all his possessions: his house, his horses (Dozen Roses & Gemstones) and his business (Greville is a gem merchant).
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Derek is in for a wild ride; not only must he learn his brother's business, he must acquaint himself with his brother's employees, Greville's girlfriend Clarissa, and a certain jeweler named Prospero Jenks. Then there is the case of the missing diamonds that his brother took a 1.5 million-dollar loan out to buy and his brother's ransacked office and house. Moreover, to make matters worse there is a racing scandal dealing with Greville's horse Dozen Roses, a trainer named Nicholas Loder and a drug kingpin named Rollway.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   horse crime General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   drug dealers If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

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


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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