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What becomes clear very early on is that the protagonist suffers from clinical depression. So this interesting tale of tracking down stolen horses in the U.S keeps taking sudden and unexpected downturns as Hawkins contemplates for the nth time whether to top himself. Approaching 40, our depressed hero falls in love with an 18 year old girl who returns his feelings with interest (a bit of wishful thinking on the author's part, I felt). Together with some absurdly good fortune in tracing the thieves, this is a roller-coaster of an uneven ride. By no means one of Dick Francis' best. Good audio quality throughout.
I love all Dick Francis books and Tony Britton is my favourite narrator so I admit I'm a bit biased but this really is a great book to buy. Having experienced depression first hand, I can tell you the descriptions and struggles of the lead character are genuinely realistic. The storyline is pure Dick Francis and as always it's hard to stop listening once you start! Tony Britton is really one of the best narrators around with different voices for each character and very believable female voices. He definatly adds to rather than destracts from the story.