by Dick Francis
Book with an orange cover....In Crossfire by Dick Francis, the main character is veteran Tom Forsyth who returns home after time in the British military. His estranged relationship with his mother, Josephine, presents tension right away. At first, Tom falls back into his usual catty ways with his mother and stepfather, both of whom he's never felt close to or overwhelming love towards. Soon however he discovers that his mother, who is a renowned horse trainer and owner of Katrina Stables, is intentionally making her horse lose a race. After doing some detective work, Tom finds out that his mother is being blackmailed and is scared of her tax fraud being discovered. Despite his underlying distain for his mother, Tom uses his military training to hunt down the blackmailer and help his mom become current with her taxes so she may avoid prison. The mystery has a few twists but in the end the Kauris come out winning. Tom loses the love of his life in the process, but inherits the horse stables when his mother retires. I listened to this and enjoyed the voice actors very much. Their accent made the story come to life.