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Private Investigator Sid Halley is back in the sequel to Odds Against. After losing his bad left hand to the Howard Craye the villain in Odds Against, Sid has been fitted with a new mechanical hand. A few years have passed since the last book, old man Radnor (Sid's old boss) has died and Sid and his fellow PI Chico have gone freelance. However, it is hard to make ends meet on your own. Chico is teaching judo part-time and Sid is dealing in commodities and doing cases mostly pro-bono.

At the beginning of the book Sid is at home and is visited by Rosemary Caspar in disguise. Rosemary is the wife of a high profile Thoroughbred trainer George Casper; she suspects someone is sabotaging her husband's best horses, but no one believes her. Sid agrees to help her and finds out there is a lot more to the scandal then meets the eye and that the perpetrator is right under their noses. When Sid gets too close for comfort he is threatened by a sketchy character called Trevor Deansgate, who offers to take his good right hand from him if he does not make himself scarce.

Meanwhile he receives a second case, this case involves his ex-wife Jenny who has been coned thorough a fake charity scandal, Jenny helped the conman Nicholas Ashe (a alias) collect the money, now he has disappeared with it and has left Jenny to face the consequences. Then to complicate matters he receives a third case, this one from the Jockey Club to investigate several syndicates that have had some sketchy dealings. These dealings include a high profile racetrack con called Peter Rammileese and someone within the Jockey Club itself (which noone but Sid can find out about).
This report prepared by Amanda Campbell








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   horse crime General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

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

Setting

City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths 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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