10 lb Penalty by Dick Francis

By Dick Francis

A wanna-be jockey accepts a task in his father's crusade for Parliament--and realizes that politics may be the main perilous horse race of all.

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She saw it in Anna; memories could attach themselves to you like tentacles sucking away present sunlight, leaving you blundering forever in the grayness of the past. The bastard, she thought. I’m not letting him resurrect all that. I’m going to forget him. He’s gone. We’re safe now. In the evening Nick came by to see how they were settling in, still playing cloak-and-dagger games. “I parked around the corner, made sure I wasn’t followed. ” “Anna’s asleep. ” “She like the flat? ” “Definitely is,” he said.

That would be about four o’clock in the morning. ” “I often work late,” she said. They heard the klaxon of an ambulance in the distance. “You ought to be in the hospital yourself,” he said, grumbling. There was blood on one of her shoes. And suddenly she was looking full at him, smiling, astonishing him. “I’ve had worse,” she said. Walking back through the dawn to the Alexanderplatz, Schmidt knew he should have done more. Something had been going on in the Green Hat that wasn’t a straightforward, thwarted attack in the course of burglary.

Makes the farmhands walk backward,” Nick had said. Only Grand Duke Dmitry, Nick said, was showing a grasp on reality; he’d become a champagne salesman and was allegedly pursuing an American heiress. None of the bluer-blooded émigrés would invite Nick, the arriviste, to the homes other people had given them. But they were glad enough to go to the parties he threw, Esther thought, quick enough to touch him for a loan that they had no means and no intention of repaying. She’d seen them at his clubs in lachrymose gatherings, remembering the good old days, still pretending to dignity, still unable to believe that the serfs they’d maltreated didn’t want them back.

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