They're all doing it... It's not so much a contest between horses, as a race to find the best recipe.
When young scientist Jean Campbell is invited help root out drugs in sport, she enters a murky world where power, privilege, money and illicit practices mix easily. It is Australia in the 1940s, the war is over, and Jean and her charismatic boss Howard Carter risk everything to expose the cruel underbelly of the 'sport of kings'.
But old-school racehorse trainer Martin Foley refuses to go quietly, and his influence and 'connections' go straight to the highest echelons of polite society. Success or failure turns on a surly young stable hand from a broken home named Frank Littell, and the fateful decision he is forced to make...
From the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Carpet Wars comes a brilliant new novel full of sin, iniquity and unforgettable characters.
About the Author
Christopher Kremmer was born in Sydney and educated at the University of Canberra. His early short fiction was published in literary magazines and won several awards. In 1990 he moved to Asia and spent a decade there writing and broadcasting for the ABC, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. His first book, Stalking the Elephant Kings: In Search of Laos (1997, later republished as Bamboo Palace), won the Qantas/City of Brisbane Prize for Asia-Pacific Travel Writing; his next, The Carpet Wars (2002), was a bestseller published in ten countries and shortlisted for several literary awards. The Chase is his fifth book, and his first published novel. His father was a jockey. Christopher lives with his family in Dulwich Hill, NSW.
I have been a fan of Kremmer's since the Carpet Wars. Now writing fiction for the first time, this former foreign correspondent and son of a jockey brings us a novel of racing, corruption and standover men all set in Sydney of the 1940s.
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Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st August 2011
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.49