By Jamie Reid
Doped is the gripping true-story racing mystery set in Britain within the Nineteen Fifties and early Sixties. Combining a effective mixture of horse racing, medicines, intercourse, category, crime, playing and the monarchy, it tells the genuine tale of 1 of the largest doping scandals in British racing heritage. In March 1962, an audacious try and nobble one of many royal horses alerted police to a good organised band of racecourse criminals, subsidized by means of murderous London gangsters. the following Flying Squad pursuit of the crowd introduced the quaintly deferential global of racing into sharp clash with the harsher realities of the 'You've by no means Had It So Good' period. This additionally coincided with the start of the yearly Dick Francis novel. the forged of characters is headed by means of William Roper, a debonair ex RAF Sergeant became oddsmaker. His staff integrated an ex jockey, a number of underpaid strong lads, an higher type playing addict and a violent specialist gangster who went directly to face fees with the Kray twins in 1969. however the such a lot attention-grabbing member of Roper's company used to be a gorgeous and self-possessed younger Swiss girl known as Micheline Lugeon who turned the bookmaker's lover.
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There wasn’t a mark on him. It made no sense. Boone had been so certain that Rabbi had just been shot in the middle of the chest – the mark was still there in the wall behind him – but now he could only assume that somehow he had been mistaken. There was no time to dwell: two more petrol bombs landed in the room and the fire intensified, flashing over the ceiling and threatening to engulf all those inside. The wooden shelves, chest of drawers and even the state-of-the-art music system were now all ablaze.
Joining such a club is easy and requires little in the way of ongoing commitment. Patches are available for purchase by anyone who turns up to a rally or meeting and the main goal of the club is to enhance the social life of its members. At the other end of the scale are the MCs (Motorcycle Clubs). The absence of that one letter makes a world of difference. An MC is about more than brotherhood, more than camaraderie; it is less a club, more a way of life. MC patches cannot be bought, only earned, a process that can take many years.
In the course of researching this book, I made an official approach to the Outlaws MC hoping to interview a former member in order to clarify some of the club’s history. The request was categorically denied. The club’s business, I was told, is no one’s business except for members of the club itself. Boone saw things differently. He still feels enormous loyalty to his club and his many tattoos attest to the fact that it will always be a part of his life, yet he is willing to risk death-threats from his former comrades to reveal the inner workings of this hidden, secretive world.