This Dick Francis book was a fascinating read. This time, he tells us about the world of a master glass artist, friend of a champion jockey. The ensuing chaos when the jockey dies leads to murder, mayhem, and love, as three videotapes are confused and alternately lost and found and lost again. The trail leads through the cybernet, along the downs with vicious attack dogs, and gets stirred up by a gorgeous, wealthy chauffeur-driven force of nature who happens to be the mother-in-law of the dead jockey. The twisting plotline and remarkable setting mark Shattered as another superb Francis read!
I got this book because it was the only Dick Francis I did not have. It is not one of his best. The hero is a designer and creator of glass objects d'arte. The premise is very far-fetched and not very believable. None the less, the characterizations ( which in my opinion is Francis' strong point) are excellent and the love story satisfying. I would rate it three stars.
Another terrific thriller by Dick Francis! The ONLY reason I'm giving this book up is that I own two other copies. Dick Francis is one of the very few authors so good that I own every single one of his books, both in hard copy and paperback. His writing is always brilliant and mesmerizing. "Shattered" is no exception.
After his friend is killed in a horse-racing accident, up-and-coming glass artisan Gerard Logan finds himself embroiled in a deadly search for a stolen videotape. His friend had it. Some very bad people want it---and they think Logan's got it. Believing the tape to contain priceless information, a vicious group of criminals sets out to get the answers out of him in any way possible. To sruvive, Gerard will have to uncover the truth about his friend's death while keeping a good distance between himself and his pursuers. Because if they catch him, they will most surely break him...