I LOVE Dick Francis and have read everything he's written, even though I do not follow horse racing. I love his corageous, no-nonsense heroes and he always gets me in the end!
From the book cover: "... ex-jockey Sid Halley, in a compelling tale of crime and justice, becomes convinced that one of his closest friends - and one of the racing world's most beloved figures - is behind a series of shockingly violent acts....he faces the most troubling case of his career. No one wants to believe that Ellis Quint could be guilty - so the public and the press are turning their wrath against Halley instead. Now he's facing opposition at every turn - and finding danger lies straight ahead..."
A great read - I couldn't put the book down.
His books are ALWAYS a 5 star rating. You're in for a treat if you haven't read any of Dick Francis. My husband and I both have reread most of his books. Always a good mystery and good characters.
Great mystery and suspence.
Classic Francis: ex-jockey Sid Halley realizes a major figure in the racing world is behind some shocking violence.
New York Times best selling author Dick Francis brings back one of mystery's most intriguing heroes, ex-jockey Sid Haley, in a compelling tale of crime and justice.
I really enjoyed this book. Dick Francis books are like Agatha Christie--Good mystery; a page turner, yet clean.
Dick Francis, need I say anymore? The racing/horsey set get themselves in trouble again, violent acts, mystery, intrigue and Dick Francis' wonderful writing
I love mystery/thriller novels. That's all I read. I've read some pretty grizzly plots, but this one involving horses really turned me off.
From Publishers Weekly
Francis fans will welcome the return of narrator Sid Halley (Odds Against; Whip Hand) as the one-handed PI and ex-jockey takes on a case of multiple mutilations of thoroughbreds; unnervingly, the amputation of the animals' front left hooves mirrors Sid's own injury. The investigator soon realizes that the man behind the crimes is his old friend Ellis Quint, ex-gentleman jockey and now a beloved TV host. Sick at heart, Sid builds a strong case; but, when Quint is charged, British law bars any public discussion of the case, rendering Sid mute at the huge public backlash against him. Particularly vicious and unrelenting is The Pump, a garish tabloid. When another mutilation occurs and Ellis has a seemingly unbreakable alibi, Sid finds some odd connections between a business tycoon, The Pump's noble owner and Ellis. Finally, the honorable, brave and thoroughly decent Sid faces his worst nightmare?the loss of his good hand?while doing what he must. A subplot about a little girl with leukemia offers some touching sentiment, and there are flashes of dry wit throughout as Francis, who turns 75 later this year, proves himself still at the top of his game. BOMC featured alternate; Reader's Digest Condensed Book; simultaneous Simon & Schuster audio; author tour.
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Ex-jockey Sid, in a compelling tale of crime and justice in the horse world.
I haven't found a Dick Francis that I don't like but this one was even more of a page turner with a great finish!
Ex-jockey Sid Halley in a compelling tale of crime and justice.When Halley becomes convinced that one of his closest friends- and one of the racing world's most beloved figures-is behind a series of shockingly violent acts,he wants to believe that Ellis Quint could be guilty-so the public and the press are turning their wrath against Halley instead. Now he's facing opposition at every turn -and finding danger lies straight ahead...