Dick Francis is good at writing a cracker of a thriller and this is no exception. As usual there's horses involved but this time it's almost as a peripheral idea. The story revolves around a man, Andrew Douglas, who helps rescue kidnap victims and a couple of the people he helps rescue. It not only deals with the kidnapping itself but also the aftereffects of the kidnapping on Alessia Cenci. It's interesting and engaging but pretty predictable.