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By Dick Francis

While a champion jockey disappears--right sooner than an important race and the delivery of his child--Investigator David Cleveland bets on foul play.

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They don’t desire it, mate. They don’t bloody desire it. ’ ‘Bob Sherman informed his spouse he was once taking blue photos to Norway. ’ ‘And she believed it? ’ ‘The aspect is, did he? ’ ‘He by no means acknowledged a note approximately it to me. ’ ‘Do me a favour,’ I acknowledged, ‘Find out within the altering room right here this day if an individual ever requested any jockey to behave as a messenger… a service… of any papers of any kind from Britain to Norway. ’ ‘Are you critical? ’ ‘Bob Sherman’s useless. ’ ‘Yes. ’ He inspiration. ‘O. okay. ’ He gave me a noncommittal wave as he walked out to the 5th, during which he rode a vibrant, tight, tactical race to be crushed part a size by way of a greater horse, yet got here immediately out of the weighing room after he had replaced and placed an finish to my effortless conception. ‘None of them who've ridden in Norway has ever been requested to take over any papers or images or something like that. ’ ‘Would they are saying, in the event that they had? ’ He grinned. ‘Depends how a lot they’d been paid to fail to remember. ’ ‘What do you're thinking that your self? ’ ‘Hard to inform. yet all of them appeared stunned. There weren’t any realizing seems to be, kind of, if you happen to see what I suggest. ’ ‘Carry on asking, could you? the next day etc. Say they could inform me hush hush, in the event that they like. No kick backs if they’ve been fiddling forex. ’ He grinned back. ‘Some copper you're. Bend the principles like curling tongs. ’ That night I telephoned Baltzersen at his domestic. there has been no information, he acknowledged. He had consulted his pals within the police, and they might bring up no objections if I joined the quest. to the contrary, they might, as sooner than, allow me see what they’d bought, to save lots of me reploughing their furrows. ‘So, Mr Cleveland, will you come back? ’ ‘I bet so,’ I acknowledged. With flattering aid he acknowledged, ‘Good, good,’ explosively, and extra ‘Come the following day. ’ ‘ ’Fraid I can’t. i must supply proof in courtroom the next day to come, and the case may perhaps final days. Soonest will be Thursday morning. ’ ‘Come instantly to the racecourse then. we've a gathering on Thursday and one other on Sunday, yet I worry they're the final this 12 months. It’s a bit less warm now, and we've had frost. ’ I wrote ‘warm outfits’ in huge letters on my memo pad and acknowledged I’d see him on the races. ‘By the way,’ I stated. ‘You be aware of I advised you the folk who broke into the Shermans’ apartment have been searching for papers? Mrs Sherman now recalls that Bob took with him to Norway a packet which have been entrusted to him, which he believed contained blue photographs. Did an individual point out to you, or to the police, or to Arne in all these initial investigations into his disappearance, whatever in any respect approximately his bringing this type of packet with him, or offering it? ’ there has been an abruptly lengthy silence at the different finish of the road, yet in any case he in basic terms acknowledged uncertainly, ‘Blue photos… what are these? ’ ‘Pornography. ’ ‘I see. ’ one other pause. ‘Please clarify a bit. ’ I stated, ‘If the package deal reached its vacation spot, then it can't be that exact package deal that the boys have been trying to find. So i may cease chasing after blameless blue photographs and begin having a look somewhere else. ’ ‘Ja. I see.

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