Lee shares his house with his wife, Amanda, and six boys. He’s a good dad despite the coldness and apathetic distance of the marriage, which is crumbling and dying not from verbal abuse so much as from a lack of love and co ...more
But more tha ...more
That said Lee and his children are extremely well drawn. One wonders if Francis ...more
This is only my second Dick Francis book, and I can assure you it won’t be my last. I enjoyed it far more than my first, which I liked very much. What an incredible depth this author achieves, yet in such incremental steps that the accumulated complexity never overwhelms the reader. And what a wide range of perfectly believable characters he creates. You feel as though you are peeking into people’s real lives.
While it started slowly, the last half was one of those "you can't put it down" storie ...more
Decider is the story of Lee Morris, an architect who gets pulled into the affairs of the Strattons, a well-to-do racing family. His mother was once married to Keith Stratton, an abusive, sadistic bully.
The internal stresses of the family, combined with a debt only ...more
Horses are involved, but in a peripheral fashion. There's more action in the building and demolition trade in this story.
Lee's six boys rampage through the narrative, playing pirates, munching through containerloads of fruitcake, getting into trouble, and generally having ...more
Francis, Dick - 32nd book
Lee Morris, 35, is an architect/builder specializing in restoring "ruins" like his own splendid barn house inhabited by his six sons and his lovely, but increasingly remote, wife. He is also one of few shareholders in Stratton Park racecourse, ownership of which is being hotly contested by the heirs of Lord Stratton. Lee's mother had married and quickly divorced the baron's vicious son Keith. Since part of her divorce settlement included the racecourse stock, ...more
In this novel, the main character is a contractor drawn in behind the scenes of a racecourse on the death of his former step-father. I thoroughly enjoy when the main characters fall into these circumstances quite by mistake. Since Dick Francis books always revolve around horse, and usually horse-racing, in one way or another, I l...more
This time around the protagonist (Lee Morris) is a builder and architect who specializes in innovative ways of bringing back to life ruins, dilapidated old barns, and the like - very forwarding looking in 2003, especially these days when everything seems to be about "sustainability."
Of course, like all of Francis's protagonists, Lee is intelligent, resourceful, confiden ...more
If you haven't read Dick Francis, you should. He's the only mystery author that I reread over and over again. It isn't about who done it. In fact, many times the reader knows from the beginning. It's about w ...more
Racing forms the common background to all Dick Francis stories; but as always, ...more