NoteThis is a USED book.
First published in 1984, Proof was Dick Francis's twenty-third bestselling racing thriller. Set in the world of wine and spirits, it is crafted with his usual high standard of drama, suspense and invention.You mix a liquid with gunpowder and ignite it, and it burns with a steady blue flame, then the liquid must be at least fifty per cent alcohol: and that's PROOF ...
That's the way they proved a liquid was alcohol in the seventeenth century when distilled spirits were first taxed, and that's what is meant by proof to this day. Tony Beach, wine merchant, knows his scotch, so to be asked to give his opinion of one particular bottle seems harmless enough. But the bottle contains firewater of a highly explosive nature and, without intending it, Tony finds himself trapped on a one-way route into danger.
From a harmless Sunday morning party at a racing stable and onwards to the edge of death, Tony comes nearer and nearer to a lethal adversary and, unexpectedly, to a fuller knowledge of his own true self.