The primary reason I continue to seek out and read Dick Francis is that he continually creates heroes that are efficacious and rational. He avoids the common pitfalls of most modern writers, and instead invents characters who pass the ultimate test: "Would I like to meet and know this person?" If you can answer "yes" to that question then there is great potential for enjoyment in the fiction centered around that character. If you answer "no" to that question, why even bother reading further?
Dick Francis' characters almost always recieve an unreserved "YES!" Read "Enquiry," it's not the best from Francis but it's still furlongs beyond the rest.
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Jockey Kelly Hughes and trainer Dexter Cranfield had bee barred from racing--a devastating event for them both. The charge at the secret enquire? Throwing a race for person a profit. It was a vicious frame-up and worse, they had nowhere to turn to clear their names.
Still Hughes refused to take the phony veridict lying down-even though his personal enquiry might have him lying down permanent;u...
This book is about a jockey and trainer who both have been banned from racing. It's all a coverup for someone who wants him out of racing. Unraveling the how's and why's is an enthralling process and keeps you interested the whole time. Another pageturner by Francis!
Typical Francis but with more detective work and less horse racing.
Throwing a race for personal profit is the last thing this jockey would do---and exactly what he stands charged with...
This is my favorite Dick Francis book, but they all are really. In this one a jockey and a horse trainer are accused of throwing a race and are banned from racing. While this hurts deeply, and Francis is a master at describing pain, mental or physical, the two react differently. The trainer just goes into an alcoholic stupor and contemplates suicide, but the jockey wants to know who set them up and why. He goes after the accusers with a vengeance. Of course he gets beat up and then nearly killed, but he doggedly continues with the search for the truth. This character is the perfect example of Francis' main characters. They are not superhuman or anything but they are strong-willed and have a desire to succeed and do the right thing at all costs. I like that in them. They have personal values and attributes we all would love to have and hope we do--integrity and grit. This is a Francis book that has you really hating the bad guys and deeply empathizing with the good guy--the Lone Jockey :-). The good guy even gets the girl in this one. She's also likable, although not at first. Not all of Francis' secondary characters remain static unlike some authors. Francis doesn't always let the main character get the girl which is a refreshing change from most authors, but his characters are always such that you know they'll survive without her. As a woman, I find Francis' characters interesting--especially the one in this book. This was definitely another great suspenseful mystery from Dick Francis. No fan should be without it!
This was a great story. I could hardly put it down. Dick Francis is a great author. If I want to read a book that I am sure will be good, I read one of his.
He lost a race everybody thought he had thrown. Hughes knew he'd been framed. And the harder he tried to prove it, the more entangled he became in a web of jealousy, money and one woman's murderous insanity.