A good read but not as good as his dad.
Felix Frances is not the writer his father was. As Judith E. writes [below]
the characters are not as appealing and are less heroic than in previous Dick Frances novels. Still, for those of us who are fascinated by the racing world and all the ways the betting public can be hoaxed, this is an interesting peek behind the curtains. Hope Felix improves in his next attempt.
I really like Dick Francis and own many of his books and often re-read them. This book started out just OK and then I ended up not liking it at all. The formula Dick Francis used with his main characters had them changing and overcoming personal obstacles, often against dangerous enemies, it is true, but they seemed to be how the character could learn to overcome his personal demons. Here, there was much more violence, some appalling (the threat to rape, murder, and feed to pigs a 6 year old girl, for example), no character development I could see, a husband and father who took stupid risks with his family, a wife I didn't like who behaved inconsistently. And the continuing violence was both unpleasant and tedious. I ended up skipping to the next chapter frequently, just to get some idea of how it would end, given I'd invested so much time listening so far. (It wasn't worth it!) I won't read any other books by this author.
book is easy read, lots on the horse race world. enjoyable!!!
disappointing. not the quality of his dad.
Felix is carrying on his father's fine tradition of race related mysteries. This book involves the return of Sid Halley. He has left the private investigation (and horse racing) world far behind but is dragged back in by the death of the racing chairman. He and his family and friend are put at risk. If you liked Dick Francis, I'm "betting" you'll like how his son has carried on his legacy!
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