Okay, Dick Francis is one of my all-time favorite authors and I think I can safely say that I have read everything he has written and listened to every unabridged title that Audible offers multiple, multiple times. (I'll take 3 stars out of petty cash, thank you).This is the first of the books that Dick Francis wrote after the death of his writing partner--and partner in life--Mary and it has been a while since I read it. However, I do remember my reaction. The writing is terrible. The grammar and diction are off. Something is missing (would that be Mary??) I almost did not go on to read the subsequent books written by pere et fils, which improved slightly over their first outing.