Book Reviews of Reflex

Reflex
Reflex
Author: Dick Francis
ISBN-13: 9780449207130
ISBN-10: 0449207137
Publication Date: 7/12/1984
Pages: 318
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Fawcett
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Mystery novel revolving around horse racing and photography. The author clearly is quite familiar with both areas. The plot and sub-plots are a bit convoluted but hold the reader's interest.
The protagonist tells the story in the first person as a jockey. He is surrounded by corruption and other evil, and he himself seems amoral.
Novel was worth reading, but not the best in this genre.
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Philip loves racing but will never achieve greatness. He turns to his hobby, photography, and gets pulled into an investigation after the death of a racetrack photographer whose talent he respected and whose ethics he deplored. Was the motive revenge or a blackmail victim's homicidal terror?
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This was a great ride, kept me guessing until the end. It has to be one of my favorite Dick Francis books.
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Dick Francis has a formula that almost all of his books follow, but the details that Francis provides makes it work every time.
In this case, our hero is a jockey. Now, many people may be like me- they never got around to reading Dick Francis because they thought all the books are just about jockeys and horseracing. Well, as it turns out, most of the books written in the past 25 years DON'T have jockeys as their primary characters. So I wound up reading some of those, and then just had to read more Francis. And I came to this one, in which the hero IS a jockey - and I liked it anyway!

Our hero is a jockey and amateur photographer who has led a rather rootless life. Left by his mother with a series of friends all through his childhood, he has no close attachments, and in the course of the book must finally learn to acknowledge emotions and grow close to people. The middle-aged woman in this one is one of the women who took care of him when he was young; he spends part of the book trying to find places from his childhood. There's also the stock character of the cunning, wily, whim-of-iron old lady, who thinks the world is motivated solely by greed, and a few other stock types. There are also some unusual bits- although this book was written in the 80's, before the current trend toward acceptance of homosexuality, Francis has included in our hero's checkered childhood a loving gay couple who give him the most stable part of his upbringing. Our hero is himself quite straight, and falls in love with the middle-aged woman's daughter.

The details about photography are fascinating- maybe more than some people might want, and some of it so obscure you have to suspend disbelief a little to think that an amateur might figure out what was going on. But of course, that's part of our hero's hitherto unrevealed cleverness. Some of the photos have been part of what turns out to be one of the oddest blackmail schemes ever. We also get an unusual scheme for sulphide gas poisoning, one of the odder methods for potential murder... and some arson, assault, and other violence. It's not overdone, though.

If you're afraid of reading about jockeys and racing because you're not interested in those subjects, then this book will cure you of that fear.
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Dick Francis, as you probably know, was Queen Elizabeth's personal Jockey for most of his career. He knows every aspect of the racing world, inside and out. His mysteries are so well written and there is so much knowledge imparted as you enjoy the mystery. Every book manages to be different, but each one ties into the racing world but from a diffferent perspective, i.e. track owner; bookie; horse buyer; horse breeder; etc. I have had the good fortune to receive a box of his books and read each and every one! I gave them to a friend's daughter that is raising, showing and breeding Paint horses.
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Murder and photography mix in this good Francis story.
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Excellent Dick Francis mystery!
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A Dick Francis Hardcover that I never really got into. Perhaps someone else will enjoy a combination of horses and mystery.
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One of his best!
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Loved this story. Great characters, great plot, lots of suspense.
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This is a beautiful copy for it's age.

Dick Francis has a formula that almost all of his books follow, but the details that Francis provides makes it work every time.

In this case, our hero is a jockey. Now, many people may be like me- they never got around to reading Dick Francis because they thought all the books are just about jockeys and horse racing. Well, as it turns out, most of the books written in the past 25 years DON'T have jockeys as their primary characters. So I wound up reading some of those, and then just had to read more Francis. And I came to this one, in which the hero IS a jockey - and I liked it anyway!

Our hero is a jockey and amateur photographer who has led a rather rootless life. Left by his mother with a series of friends all through his childhood, he has no close attachments, and in the course of the book must finally learn to acknowledge emotions and grow close to people. The middle-aged woman in this one is one of the women who took care of him when he was young; he spends part of the book trying to find places from his childhood. There's also the stock character of the cunning, wily, whim-of-iron old lady, who thinks the world is motivated solely by greed, and a few other stock types.

There are also some unusual bits- although this book was written in the 80's;Francis has included in our hero's checkered childhood a loving couple who give him the most stable part of his upbringing. Our hero is himself quite a straight guy, and falls in love with the middle-aged woman's daughter.

The details about photography are fascinating.It just makes the book more interesting.