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The Devil to Pay Hardcover – January, 1993

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After stumbling out of the starting gate, Daniel's racing thriller soon finds its stride with heart-stopping steeple-chase scenes and a plot that twists through nasty family secrets. Nick Storr, spoiled scion and rising-star jockey of classy Waylands stables, is abruptly and publicly sacked by his father, Perry, and Perry's second wife, Deirdre. Stable owner Maria Thornton, an earlier victim of Perry's rage, lures Nick from a drunken stupor onto her horses and into her revenge plans, spurring him to dig into his father's mucky past. Nick's mother helps, too, revealing some unlovely truths about Perry's acquisition of Waylands, which was bequeathed to him upon the death of a young widow many years earlier. Attacks by thugs mark Nick's progress until he is momentarily deflected by a job from his father's friend, mobster Chris Wildman. An arsonist--hired by Perry--torches Nick's mother's modest stable yard, setting Nick back on course and in real peril until he puts his main threat out of the running. Writing like Dick Francis without kid gloves, Daniel ( Unbridled ) layers multiple surprises into the extended conclusion of this rewarding tale of a rough-edged racing crowd.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Several missing persons complicate a Dick Francis-like plot in which a wealthy British trainer arbitrarily yanks his jockey son from an important race. Young Nick Storr, mostly at odds with his father and stepmother anyway, wallows in self-pity for a moment or two, then looks for reasons why. His research uncovers the seedy side of gambling and horse-racing, hidden aspects of his father's past, lost heirs, and old murder. Nicely detailed background, characters, and dialog highlight a fine addition to most collections.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); 1st U.S. ed edition (January 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316172650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316172653
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,358,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book was fairly well-written, but I found some of the "facts" in this story pretty hard to believe. Youngblood contends that the events in the story are factual for the most part. But author Robin Moore is strangely silent. Moore never once claims that the book is non-fiction or is a biography. It is simply what Jack told him.

The book reads like a teenage boy's fantasy, where Youngblood is a mixture between Han Solo and Indiana Jones, a rogue with a heart of gold. He can handle any gun and fly any plane. And all women love him, of course.

Jack Youngblood is definitely a true character. But I believe that he is a bit prone to exaggaration. He reminds me a bit of the dad in the movie "Big Fish".

If you would like to know more about Jack Youngblood, including links regarding his possible involvement in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, (...)
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By A Customer on January 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
IF YOU LIKE SMUGGLING, GUN RUNNING, AND THE DRUG CONNECTIONS OF THE POST CASTRO ERA IN CUBA; AND CENTRAL AMERICAN HIGH-JINKS. IT'S ANOTHER ROBIN MOORE, WITH BOOKS, FAST MOVING AND INTERESTING. ALLEGEDLY NON-FICTION.
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truly one of the best books I have ever read
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