* Banker

* Blood Sport

* Bolt

* Bonecrack

* Break In

* Come to Grief

* Comeback

* The Danger

* Dead Cert

* Decider

* Driving Force

* The Edge

* Enquiry

* Field of Thirteen

* Flying Finish

* For Kicks

* Forfeit

* High Stakes

* Hot Money

* In the Frame

* A Jockey's Life

* Knockdown

* Longshot

* Nerve

* Odds Against

* Rat Race

* Reflex

* Risk

* Second Wind

* Slay Ride

* Smokescreen

* The Sport of Queens

* Straight

* 10 lb. Penalty

* To the Hilt

* Trial Run

* Twice Shy

* Whip Hand

* Wild Horses






"To be repeatedly forgiven destroyed the soul."

Date of Publication: 1984

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Foreign Titles: Weinprobe German

Setting: a Thames-side town, a little ways from Reading

Wine merchant Tony Beach is no stranger to personal tragedy - or to the world of fine vintage of wines. But when hidden hit men literally - and brutally - crash a society party he has, as usual, expertly catered, Tony finds himself caught in the terrifying midst of a mystery that begins with sham scotch and counterfeit claret and escalates to hijacking and murder. Strong drink indeed for a man of otherwise peaceful pleasures who must draw on every reserve of hidden courage to crack a sophisticated scam and to save many lives - especially his own.

Main Characters:
Tony Beach
Jack Hawthorn
Paul Young
Detective Sergeant John Ridger
Gerard McGregor
James d'Alban

Tony Beach is a wine merchant.
Gerard McGregor is an investigative consultant.

Comes after: The Danger

Villain and Motives: Spoilers! Click here to reveal the villain!

The battle must be soon now. It is essential not to show fear to the men, but God, I fear. Why can't I have the courage of my father.

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1. What kind of drink was Jimmy d'Alban suspicious of in the beginning?

2. What is Gerard's wife's name?

3. Why is Orkney named that?
He was bornt there

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