By Edward Marston
With the kingdom a-flutter within the run as much as this nationwide occasion, a disembodied head is stumbled on on a passenger educate at Crewe; the 1st in a murky process occasions that takes in homicide, fraud and race-fixing. Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant are assigned to the case and are quickly tousled up in an internet of skullduggery stretching around the nation. they're pressured to invite themselves, simply how a lot is somebody ready to endanger to win?
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It’s my notice opposed to that of an ignorant barmaid. ’ ‘The woman can learn, write and inform the reality. ’ ‘All she’s advised you're the lies that Feeny unfold approximately me,’ stated Dowd, spitting out the phrases. ‘Frankly, I’m insulted so that you can think for a second something she stated. ’ ‘It accords with my very own observations, Mr Dowd. ’ ‘Are you wondering my honesty? ’ ‘I’m announcing that you’re very parsimonious with the reality, sir. ’ ‘I resent that strongly, Inspector! ’ ‘Your resentment is duly noted,’ stated Colbeck easily, ‘but it pales beside my very own. You wrote a letter purporting to return from an nameless rival. That was once gross deception. ’ ‘I defined that. i wanted to safe your awareness. ’ ‘You’ve definitely secured it now. ’ ‘It was once performed with the easiest of intentions. ’ ‘What approximately that tale of 2 males who attempted to cudgel Tim Maguire? Did you invent that with the easiest of intentions in addition? ’ ‘It was once no invention. ’ Colbeck raised a sceptical eyebrow. ‘Really? ’ ‘Yes,’ retorted Dowd. ‘And earlier than you accuse me of mendacity to you, enable me remind you that I didn’t file that incident to the police. We handled it ourselves as we’ve performed with many related incidents. for those who examine my list as a coach during the last 5 years, you’ll see how winning I’ve been. That annoys humans, specially participants of the English aristocracy who can’t undergo the idea of an upstart Irishman like me beating their pricey racehorses again and again. At Doncaster final 12 months, a person tied a silk handkerchief round the leg of my colt, Dungannon, then hit it with a stick. It’s a miracle the leg used to be no longer damaged. and also you don’t need to think me,’ he went on, operating himself up right into a fury. ‘The incident was once mentioned within the newspapers. It occurs whenever we come to England, you spot. We’re regularly lower than siege over the following. good, examine the facts. If one of many bastards can ship me the severed head of a lad I as soon as hired, you will discover what I’m up opposed to. ’ ‘Other vendors have their afflictions in addition, Mr Dowd. ’ ‘Who cares approximately that? ’ ‘Merry Legs may good were poisoned,’ stated Colbeck. ‘Can’t you discover an oz of sympathy for the pony? ’ ‘I’ve sympathy for each horse, Inspector, specially one that’s owned through Hamilton Fido. someone who attempts to kill an animal that method merits to have the poison poured down his personal throat. i am hoping you seize the fellow quickly. ’ ‘Can you recommend the place i would begin having a look? ’ ‘You do your activity and I’ll do mine. ’ ‘Unhappily,’ stated Colbeck, ‘the overlap so we’re absolute to see extra of one another prior to the day is out. As for what used to be, in essence, a cast letter written to lie to the police, I’ll need to seek advice my superintendent concerning the acceptable motion to take. on the grounds that he’s coming to Epsom this present day, he may possibly are looking to communicate to you himself. ’ ‘I’ll converse to the complete of the Metropolitan Police strength, when you wish,’ volunteered Dowd, ‘and you’re welcome to factor a superb or lock me up, if desire be. I ask just one favour, Inspector – please don’t do it prior to the Derby.