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Dead Weight

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  9 reviews
There's no hiding place for a jump jockey when his courage deserts him
Mass Market Paperback, 353 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Leisure Books (first published December 2nd 2002)
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“After a crashing fall, champion rider Phil Nicholas returns to racing, but though his body has healed, his mind has not. Flashbacks of his accident invade his dreams, rob him of his sleep – and freeze him in the saddle. While Phil is battling to overcome his fear, his weighing-room colleague Adrian Moore is viciously attacked after losing a race he should have won. It’s the start of a vendetta by someone determined to hurt those who break the rules of racing. If Phil wants to save the sport – a ...more
The cover of my copy of this book states "(Dick) Francis fans will certainly want to give Francome a try. I am a Dick Francis fan and I was disappointed with this book. True, it is about horse racing and the life of the track and the people who frequent it but the character and plot development have far to go in order to reach the level found in Dick Francis' writings. Still the tale was exciting and it did serve to carry me though to the end.
As you would expect given that Francome is an ex-professional jockey himself Francome knows about horses and racing but can he write a thriller?

As you would expect the horse-racing sections are very knowledgable and feel authentic but otherwise I found the remainder of the book rather tame. The story is told at a good pace and I felt that the characters of Phil and Julia were well drawn but also that some of the support characters were a bit thin. I also thought that the ending was somewhat pred
Dick Francis is one of my all-time favorite writers and I was a bit insulted on his behalf when one of the review quotes said "move over Dick Francis" John Francome had arrived. But since I love the racing theme, I gave Mr. Francome a try. The plot was interesting and complex, the characters were individuals with flaws and inner strength - plenty of challenges with which to deal. While I will always morn the loss of Mr. Francis, John Francome writes an exciting book set amongst horse people and ...more
Catherine Woodman
I have loved the Francis books but this is the first one I've read by this former British jockey--well constructed story and I would readn another one
Nick 2E0NAQ
I found this book quite slow in places but it could just be me. After finishing the book I dont think I will read any more of John Francome books.
I have some really good books by john Francome but this did not meet up to his usual standard. The story was predictable and a bit flat.
If you liked Dick Francis, you'll like this author.
A mystery from the viewpoints of the jockeys.
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Ex-National Hunt Champion Jockey John Francome is a broadcaster on racing for Channel 4. He lives in Berkshire.
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