Dick Francis is back with our old friend Sid Halley, and provides us with another great page-turner. The writing in this one is a little choppy, with a little bit of issues with the overall flow, but with the solid plot and characters, it's easily brushed off. Another great Dick Francis novel.
I really like the Sid Halley series that Mr. Francis wrote, and this one is no exception. This book is about a trainer who is accused of killing a jockey, and then is found dead himself, possibly from suicide. Halley doesn't believe that this is the case and decides to investigate himself. I really like all of Mr. Francis's books because each one is so different. I can usually not guess what is going to happen in the end, which is something that I like. I don't like it when the mysteries are too predictable. I recommend this book to all horse mystery lovers. They will not be disappointed.
I'm on the I liked it side of the fence for this book, but just barely. I liked visiting with Sid Halley again but his character seemed a bit sketchy, as though Francis relied more on the reader knowing Halley from previous books. I didn't care for the change in his father-in-law's character. And there were moments when I felt the scenes had been recycled from previous Francis books, which isn't necessarily bad, but still. The writing - especially the dialog - does not feel the same as the old Francis either. Nonetheless it's one of his last, and I'll keep it with my other Francis books for old time's sake.
I have very little interest in horse racing but I love all of Dick Francis' books. This story kept me interested from page one to the last page and I hated for it to end. It is a good combination of integrity, mystery and romance and I really like the main character, Sid Halley.