The Race for Truth: Unmasking Corruption in High Stakes

P.D. Workman
2 min readJul 25

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It has been a long time since I read a Dick Francis book. Opening the pages of High Stakes, I was immediately plunged back into horse racing in England, with Steven Scott firing his trainer for what Jody Leeds claims was just an addition error on an invoice. But there is a lot more at stake here than a few quid. Dick Francis, with his masterful storytelling, weaves a compelling narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats, eagerly devouring each page in anticipation of the next twist or turn. Inventor Steven Scott is a classic Francis hero — a brilliant inventor of toys and useful household products, kind and generous, insightful and intuitive. He quickly sees what no one else has yet discerned. He digs down into exposing the conspiracy and getting back his own. At his own peril.

Prepare to be captivated by the intricate world of horse racing, where the thrill of the track merges with the dark underbelly of corruption.

Jody was rigid with fury. “I am taking that horse home with me, and nothing is going to stop me.”

Dick Francis, High Stakes


Dick Francis, Edgar Award–winning master of mystery and suspense, takes you into the thrilling world of horse racing.

Steven Scott may have been a successful, wealthy inventor with no experience in horse racing, yet with the inspired guidance of his trainer, Jody Leeds, and the prowess of a beautiful black hurdler named Energise, he has brought home several wins.

But his winning streak is about to come to a fast end when he discovers trouble in his own stables: trouble that could bring about his own termination if he doesn’t watch his step.

P.D. Workman

Writing riveting mystery, suspense, and young adult fiction about real life issues.