Blood Sport

By Dick Francis

Gene Hawkins takes at the activity of finding a lacking beneficial breeding stallion. yet he will get extra motion than he bargained for from a gaggle of horse thieves who are looking to positioned Hawkins out to pasture--permanently.

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I needed … i wished …’ His voice stopped. there has been no pulse. No heartbeat. not anything. not anything in any respect. I positioned lightly down at the flooring the nice and cozy hand with the rounded fingertips, and stretched out my very own, and close his eyes. it may were me mendacity there, now not Walt. I shook with surprising impotent fury that it wasn’t me, that Walt had taken what I’d sought after, stolen my loss of life … it will have mattered so little if it were me. It wouldn’t have mattered in any respect. Walt … Walt … Sam Hengelman acknowledged, ‘Is he useless? ’ I nodded with no taking a look up. ‘There’s a tender man within the car,’ he acknowledged. ‘He’s useless too. ’ I acquired slowly, achingly, to my toes, and went to appear. the auto was once a blue Ford convertible, and the younger man was once Matt. with out being concerned, immediately, I took in that the auto had smashed the right-hand door of the storage shed and ploughed into the wall in the back of it. lots of the windscreen was once scattered in splintered fragments all around the within the automobile, yet in a single nook, the place a few nonetheless clung to the body, there has been a finger-sized gap. Matt used to be mendacity over the guidance wheel, his fingers dangling, his eyes open. The cranium above the left eyebrow used to be pierced and crumpled inwards, and there has been blood and hair at the chromium upright which had held the windscreen. I didn’t contact him. After your time I went again to Walt. ‘What will we do? ’ Sam Hengelman stated. ‘Give me a second …’ He waited with out conversing until I seemed up and down the backyard. units of headlights nonetheless blazed on the manner in. ‘That’s Walt’s motor vehicle up there? ’ ‘Yeah. He drove up with the satan on his tail and jumped out and ran down once you …’ I became the wrong way and checked out the darkish storage. ‘The younger man should have been in there for all time, expecting us,’ Sam stated. ‘He got here roaring out and drove directly at you. I couldn’t have stopped him … too distant. Walt was once midway down the backyard …’ I nodded. Matt have been there for all time. now not in Las Vegas. now not at the street. mendacity in ambush, ready. He hadn’t handed us at the highway, and there has been no wrong way to the farm. He should have long gone again prior to us. became around at the street to Las Vegas and pushed again via Kingman whereas i used to be sitting within the bus station ready to cellphone to Walt. yet why? Why should still he have long gone again? He hadn’t visible me following him, I’d been a lot too some distance at the back of, and as a minimum I’d left him as soon as he was once correctly at the road. It didn’t subject why. It in basic terms mattered that he had. Sam Hengelman appeared down at Walt and summed up the mess we have been entangled in. ‘Well … what the heck can we do now? ’ I took a deep breath. ‘Will you fetch that torch of yours? ’ I requested, and he nodded and taken it from his van. I went with it over to the Ford, and took an extended, nearer glance. There wasn’t a lot to work out that I hadn’t noticeable sooner than, aside from a bottle of bourbon that have been smashed within the influence. The neck and jagged most sensible part lay at the ground to Matt’s correct, besides numerous smaller items and an asymmetric damp patch. I walked into the storage and checked out the Ford from front.

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