Phar Lap's rise to greatness in 1930 triggered extraordinary excitement across Australia—but it also spooked bookmakers, who faced ruin if the wonder horse won the Melbourne Cup. Rumours were swirling: would Phar Lap be stopped, whatever the cost?They Shot Phar Lap, Didn't They? starts with a scene straight out of a Raymond Chandler whodunit, as two shadowy figures, one armed with a shotgun, try to assassinate Phar Lap on a quiet suburban backstreet. With his life in peril, the champion is spirited away to a secret location, while one of the city's most famous detectives leads the hunt for the culprits.On Cup Day, an hour before the jump, Phar Lap's whereabouts remain a mystery to the public. Finally, he arrives at the track, a huge crowd cheering him on. The police have been told to 'have their men along the rails' because the perpetrators of Saturday's attack intend to strike again. But was the 'shooting' all that it seemed? Only one thing is...
As heard on BBC Radio 4: Midweek and BBC Radio 2: Simon Mayo drivetime.Coping with your own death, when you are not yet dead, is a strange thing...A natural on a horse since he was able to walk, and imbued with a pure love of riding, Declan Murphy became one of the most brilliant jockeys of his generation before his world came crashing down at the final hurdle of a race at Haydock Park. His skull shattered in twelve places, he was believed to be dead, the last rites were read and the Racing Post published his obituary. Miraculously, and the word is not used lightly, he survived and defied medical thinking in recovering to the extent that eighteen months after his fall, he was able to saddle up for one more race. As usual, he won.For 23 years, Declan has been unable to tell his story, to bring to words existence on the frontier between life and death, to describe the incredible bond between man and horse. But now, in an...
After the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service is assassinated, a terrorist organization intent on unleashing a weapon of apocalyptic proportions brings the British government to its knees.
In desperation, a deniable team is assembled to hunt down the terrorists. Called back from obscurity to lead them is Jack “Gorilla” Grant: a freelancer with a Smith & Wesson’ 39 and cut-throat razor. And he's ready to settle the score in his own, brutal fashion.
But in a game where power players, traitors and terrorists work hand in hand, the most serious threats sometimes come from within. The Sentinel Five team turns their gunsights to the East, and enters a killing ground of death.
Sentinel Five is a standalone novel, and can be enjoyed even if you haven't read other books in the series.