Dick Francis's Gamble

By Felix Francis

One of many youngest winners of the Grand nationwide, Nick “Foxy” Foxton suffered a near-fatal damage that reduce brief his profession. Years later, he’s out for an afternoon on the Grand nationwide races whilst his colleague, Herb Kovack, is shot at point-blank variety correct in entrance of him. just like the police, Nick is baffled: Why could an individual kill such an it sounds as if mild soul?

Then Nick unearths a threatening be aware within the useless man’s coat, and he starts off to doubt how good he particularly knew his buddy. And on gaining knowledge of that Herb named him beneficiary in his will, Nick wonders why he’s been entrusted with the legacy. is that this a beneficiant reward from a pal, or is it, in truth, a poisoned chalice?

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Now that i used to be Patrick’s such a lot senior assistant, i might should have a dialogue with him a few elevate. I flicked throughout the accounts yet there has been not anything that looked as if it would shine out like a lighthouse to lead me to his killer, even if I did discover that Herb were what my mom continuously defined as a “free-spending spirit. ” It was once a time period she used for these she thought of to squander their cash on lavish, pointless purchases rather than prudently saving it for a wet day as she had consistently performed. separate invoices from a neighborhood trip agent confirmed that Herb’s loose spending had run to at the least British airlines top quality roundtrip tickets around the Atlantic at 8 thousand kilos each one, one in every of them dated merely the former month for a deliberate yet now not but taken journey in may well. He could have been incomes greater than me, yet there has been no method he can have financed these out of his source of revenue from Lyall & Black even with no the net playing bills he had run up at the charge cards. I questioned if he had inherited a wide sum from his lifeless mom and dad. i assumed it not going as he had continually claimed that his father had gambled away so much of his family’s funds. yet maybe Herb have been busy spending and playing away the remainder. yet the place had he stored it? I appeared back on the photocopy I had made from his final financial institution assertion. I had in simple terms made it to have a checklist of Herb’s account quantity and type code. i might want them while I contacted the financial institution to notify them of his dying. the most recent stability used to be a bit lower than 10000 kilos, yet there have been no entries at the statements that looked to be funds for the bank card bills, and positively no 8 thousand kilos to the trip agent the former month. Herb needed to have had one other checking account, yet there has been no signal of it at any place in his table. I checked out my watch. I had known as Claudia approximately part an hour in the past, and the adventure must have taken her in simple terms ten mins from Lichfield Grove, Finchley, to Seymour means, Hendon. I went to the door to work out if she was once outdoors someplace, yet there has been no signal of her or the Mercedes. I waited within the doorway for 5 additional mins with just a little expanding inflammation. I didn’t really need to name her back, yet she was once starting to attempt my persistence. as soon as i'd were so curious about the possibility of seeing her, I wouldn’t have minded if she were part an afternoon past due arriving. On one party I have been at Heathrow Airport at the least hours sooner than her flight used to be because of land simply to ascertain to not omit her passing via customs. yet now, and never for the 1st time, I questioned if our courting had run its direction. She ultimately arrived a few thirty-five mins after I had referred to as. She stopped in the midst of the line and positioned down the passenger window. I leaned via it and collected my laptop from the seat. “Thanks,” I stated. “See you later. ” “OK,” she stated, and drove off fast. I stood within the street waving yet no matter if she may perhaps see me she didn’t wave again. There have been a time after we by no means parted with no us waving vigorously until eventually we have been thoroughly out of sight of one another.

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