Book Reviews of Field of Thirteen

Field of Thirteen
Field of Thirteen
Author: Dick Francis
ISBN-13: 9780515126099
ISBN-10: 0515126098
Publication Date: 10/1/1999
Pages: 289
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 56 ratings
Publisher: Jove Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Award-winning Master of Crime Dick Francis tackles a new distance with thirteen nerve-tingling tales of politics, passion, horses and crime - each one of them tied to a milestone event in the international racing calendar.
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Murder,mystery and mayhem in the horseracing world.Whether it's an elegy for a sportswriter on the skids or the ballad of a Welsh groom and her social climbing daughter,the stories linger long after you turn the page.
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Excellent, as always for this author.
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Looking forward to this story from a favorite writer
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This is 13 short stories by author Dick Frances, all of them about some aspect of horse-racing. Fast, easy reading that's well-written and enjoyable.
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Here, a jockey who bends a race by feeding a horse a drugged carrot receives his comeuppance by losing his concentration as a result of his crime and getting involved in a nasty accident; as in most of the stories, there's a light twist to the ending. Horse racing figures in every entry, of course. Sometimes it's the focus of a crime?as in "Blind Chance," in which a blind boy picks up on how bettors are getting inside info on races with photo finishes. Sometimes, it's only background, as in "Collision Course," about how a fired newspaper editor hoists poetic justice upon a horrid restaurateur/horse trainer. Most of the stories are superficially clever, but below the quick plotting there's emotional depth; in "Spring Fever," for instance, Francis plumbs the innocent desperation of unrequited December-May love. And throughout there is Francis's voice, strong, smart, ironic, developed even at the beginning but maturing in timbre as he hones his skill. Even more than the horse racing, this voice is the tie that binds these 13 tales into a charmed entertainment.
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Good read. Typical from Dick Francis. Great fwhen passing time in lines and on flights.
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I normally don't like to read short stories, simply because at the end of each one I am expecting it to go on, yet another entirely different story has begun. Not the case with these short stories. Each one is a complete short story and I felt satisfied when they ended that I had reached the end of that story, and I enjoyed all of them.
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Cool! Like all Dick Francis books. Well written. Great plot.