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Even Money

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  2,114 ratings  ·  271 reviews
Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker - taking over the family business from his grandfather. He's seen the ups and downs before - but, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if it's worth it any more.
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Michael Joseph (first published August 1st 2009)
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I wanted to love this. What's not to love about a new Dick Francis, right? But I'm sad to say I only liked it. Our typical Dick Francis hero is there with an interesting profession, family problems, a mystery to puzzle through, and villains to defeat. But for some reason the story never completely pulled me in. I still recommend this for any and all Dick Francis fans, but I have to say that while it's not my least favorite Dick Francis, it also doesn't make my list of favorite Francis mysteries. ...more
An Odd1
"Even Money", yet another Francis racehorse action mystery, may refer to balancing bets for wins and losses to come out ahead. In a dark deserted Ascot car park, third generation bookie Ned is accosted by a stranger who claims to be his long-lost father from Australia, warns him of danger, and dies in his arms from a sudden knife attack.

Ned's nerd techie provokes a thug villain. His manic-depressive wife wants to come home from the psych ward. Research is on library microfiche. Masked intruders
Sarah ( Paris )
نيد تالبوت "بطل الرواية " عمل طيلة حياته وكيل مراهنات على خيول السباق - بعد أن ورث عمل العائلة عن جده -شهد حياة صعبة ، ورأى الكثير ، كد واجتهد وقاوم الظروف التي واجهته . بين زوجة مريضة وعمل صعب حيث منافسة بقية الوكلاء والشركات الكبيرة تقضي على مكاتب المراهنات الصغيرة .
بوصول رجل يدعي أنه والده تنقلب حياته ، خاصة وأنه من المعروف له أن كلا والديه قد توفيا في حادث سيارة حين كان عمره عاما واحدا .
تتصاعد الأحداث بعدأن يقتل والده - الذي عرفه لساعات قليلة - أمامه ويخبره قبل وفاته أن يتوخى الحذر ..

رواية م
Sarah ( Paris )

رواية مختلفة تدور في عالم المراهنات على الأحصنة مختلطة بالكثير من الألغاز والطرائف ، ويميزها السلاسة التي سارت بها الأحداث وأسلوب القص

رابط تحميل الرواية :
I buy novels by Dick Francis out of hope for a spark of the old energy, but haven't found it i a while.
The Dick/Felix Frances author combo still doesn't have the magic that made me a huge fan of Dick Frances's books, and I'm not quite sure what it is. Even Money is again about the racing environment, delving into the world of the bookies and the punters on the racetrack. Perhaps I was lost because there was an awful lot about bookmakers odds--lots of fractions and numbers that went right over my head even with the help of the chart at the front of the book. It also seemed as if the editor left in ...more
Not good. I don't think Felix quite gets it. He has a heavier hand than his father in the earlier books. The characters are not as delightfully genteel and the educational content (here about betting, id-ing horses, bi-polar disorder, electronics and MORE) is way over done. The plot is also over done. In this story Ned Talbot is a bookie on the racetrack who meets a man claiming to be the father that Ned thought to have died 30 years ago. The same day Ned meets him, the father who lives in Austr ...more
Felix suffers from Tom Clancy Syndrome. That is where an author is compelled--maybe by OCD--to share EVERYTHING he learned in researching the book with the reader. He gives far too much information on betting and how odds are set to the reader--to the point of including tables at the first of the book. Whereas his dad knew how to feather in the necessary information into the story in a way that educated the reader, but kept the story moving along briskly.

(BTW when you see a combination like this
Evyn Charles
Another winner.
If you have never read Dick Francis, he is addictive. If you already know his books, you don't need this review because you--like myself--eagerly awaits everything he writes!
His last few books have been co-authored with his son Felix and that seems to have invigorated his writing. I have never read a disappointing book from this author; of course, they all follow predictable "formulas" but it works for me. Kind of like your favorite ice-cream flavor should always taste the same. I
Teddy “Ned” Talbot has had both his feet in the horse and bookie world, since he was a little boy. He worked as a runner for his grandfather. He knows all there is about the business of being a really good bookie.

Ned is approached by a man claiming to be his father. Ned doesn’t believe him as his father and mother died in a car crash years ago. Ned has no choice but to believe the man when he knows details and facts about things that only Ned’s father would know. Before they can get close, a ma
I wonder if this will be the last book published with Dick Francis's name first and foremost, or if, like the protagonist in this book, Felix Francis will cease to ride his parent's famous and successful coattails, and put his own name on the banner on future publications.

I liked this book. Interesting protagonist, twisted mystery, reasonably cogent plot, decent characterization, etc. I didn't love it, though, as I often have some of Dick Francis's novels. Accustomed as I am to stopping to admi
Reading a Dick Francis novel is as comfortable as an old pair of shoes. He writes wonderfully and even when the plot deals with an unfamiliar topic, bookmaking in Even Money, it makes little difference to enjoying the story. The main characters are ordinary individuals caught up in extraordinary circumstances. In Even Money it is a legal independent bookmaker at the track trying to entice bettors (punters) to bet with him by providing slightly better odds, and payout, than the big off-track bett ...more
Sep 05, 2009 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Francis fans but they would be better off reading earlier works
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2009
This latest collaboration between Dick Francis and Felix Francis again has all the elements of a book written by someone other than Dick Francis. There are long stretches of exposition about bookmaking, mental illness and other sundry things where in earlier novels the exposition was more limited. The dialogue and the spare crisp writing style are muted but the ordinary business man placed in a bad situation who has to get even against the evil bad man without resorting to the help of the police ...more
Lance Greenfield
Not quite a gripping thriller

Even Money is a fairly good story, with plenty of insight into the world of horse racing, and lots of accurate geographical descriptions of England’s countryside, roads and race courses.

The principal character, a bookmaker called Ned Talbot, struggles his way through a series of shocking revelations and seriously threatening challenges. I wouldn’t describe the story as taut or tense or gripping or unputdownable, or any of the other clichés that reviewers often apply
This was a real pleasure. I've been worried by the idea of the father/son collaboration, afraid that these racetrack mysteries will lose their charm if diluted by another voice. That was a waste of brain time on my part. Felix Francis has stepped into the partnership virtually seamlessly, and this latest offering is a real pleasure. The pacing moves as quickly as ever, and Ned Talbot is a likeable and sympathetic hero, whose marital love story is authentically touching. Add in some little touche ...more
I'm so glad Felix got involved with the family business. I think he's really got a feel for it. I was happy to read about the life of a bookies, a profession never explored by Dick Francis before (I can think of only one bookmaker's assistant who was a significant character). A great tale about depression, with a realistic, but positive message. I don't feel this ranks among the very best Francis novels, but it was good, and I was so happy to read it.
Elizabeth Elwood
I’m not a gambler and I’ve only been to the races twice in my life, so the settings of Dick Francis’ mystery books are not familiar territory for me and I’ve never been drawn to his novels. However, having picked this one out of a bargain book bin, I found I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely seek out some more in the series. In spite of the various layers in the plot, there was a linear quality to the style that made the book very easy to put down and pick up again without any sense of l ...more
This is book 3 that has been written with son Felix Francis. By far, the best that has been done since he started helping! I have always loved the horse racing aspect of Francis' stories. This one, centers on book maker Teddy Talbot and the art of betting. It was a great mystery and just a fun read.
I didn't warm up to this audiobook mystery at first -- I don't know if it was the writing or the narration by Martin Jarvis. In the end, this was an enjoyable mystery but not as good as Dick Francis' earlier books. Perhaps Felix doesn't have as much storytelling skill as his father or perhaps this one was just not as appealing to me personally... For example, there was a section near the end that seemed quite unnecessary - (view spoiler) - it came ...more
Ned Talbot is a legal small time bookmaker who works out of various British racing tracks. After a day at the races, a man comes up to him and tells him he is his father. Ned thought his father and mother had died in an accident 36 years earlier. As they leave the track, they are attacked by a man demanding to know where Ned's father has his money and kills him when he fights back. Thus starts Ned on a quest to find out why they were attacked, why his father was murdered while sparring with the ...more
Michael Anson
There are so very many great books out there, so many influential, life changing, intellectually challenging books that exist, that I am loathe to give a Dick and Felix Francis horse racing murder mystery five stars, but I gotta confess, Even Money is a damn good yarn. Even Money tells you just enough about bookmaking and the betting industry that follows horses, but doesn't overwhelm you with needless details. I still don't know what it means to bet a "monkey" either way on a horse, but I still ...more
June Ahern
I listen to an audio book of "Even Money" and enjoyed it to the end. The narrator, Martin Jarvis, did a wonderful job of catching the voices and personalities of each character. The characters were well-developed and full of personality, the storyline never dropped off to where I wished it'd hurry on,the plot thickened and the ending was a nice wrap up as all of Daddy Francis' mystery books are. I was happy for the same reading pleasure I had in the past of Dick Francis' stories and also because ...more
The third Horse Racing related thriller co-authored by Dick Francis and his son Felix. After one more joint venture, Dick Francis passed away in February, 2010, aged 89.

Racing thriller - Ned Talbot is a bookmaker. After a day's racing he is approached by a man who claims to be his father, supposedly killed in a car crash 37 years earlier. After a short discussion they are set upon by a man who stabs his father to death. As Ned investigates his fathers background, he is floored by changes to what
Gaynor Thomas
This felt to me a bit like"Dick Francis lite". I did enjoy it but it wasn't as gripping as the earlier books. I was really pleased to find that Felix Francis seems to be able to tell a story as well as his father, but there were areas where the plot development didn't ring true. The bit where his grandmother tells him the truth about his past is a good example. Totally unbelievable that the old lady would do that, it was just a way to move the plot in the direction the author required. Very poor ...more
Doreen Fritz
After being introduced to Dick Francis books by my dear neighbor Leya many years ago, I cannot see a new one without picking it up -- even though I know that the new ones are really written by his son. Ah well. Felix tries to maintain the same tone of bemused detachment and to stick to the world of British horse racing, and for most of the book, that's enough. The main character in this entry in the series is a bookmaker -- according to him, a member of the profession disdained by many if not mo ...more
If you like horses, horse racing, and mysteries, then Even Money is your ticket to a winner.

Ned Talbot has been running his independent bookmaker business at racetracks since his grandfather Teddy started it years before. Everything is routine until a customer shows up one day and claims to be Ned's father, who was supposed to have died years ago. The man is then killed in front of Ned by a mugger, a man with close-set eyes and a scarf over his face, demanding money.

Ned figures out that his fa
What is there to say about Dick Francis? As I think about all of his books (yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I've read them all) I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society - either directly or indirectly. The heroes aren't always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world.

But more tha
Shonna Froebel
The latest book by Dick Francis, whom I've liked from the first read, and a winner as usual.
I started it yesterday and finished it today and enjoyed every bit of it.
Here the main character is Ned Talbot, bookmaker. Ned inherited his firm from his grandfather and has a young man, Luca, working for him that knows the computer side of the business. When a man tells Ned that he is his father, whom Ned was told died in a car crash with his mother when he was only a year old, Ned is sceptical, but agr
Ik was een 'paardenmeisje' van een jaar of twaalf, denk ik, toen ik de eerste detective van Dick Francis las. Nu ben ik een paardenmeisje van vijftig en heb zojuist de aller-, allerlaatste 'Dick Francis' gelezen. Deze Even money. Dick Francis is in februari van dit jaar (2010) overleden, dus meer volgen er niet.

Even money is, net als de voorgaande twee, samen met zijn zoon Felix geschreven. Het verhaal volgt het bekende stramien, hoewel dit keer de held maar twee keer geslagen wordt en niet eens
Beth Gibson
This is one of many books written by Dick Francis about the horse racing world. In this one, the main character is Teddy Talbot, a bookmaker. They are in the modern world though, hooked up to the internet, and using a computer to print out betting tickets.

One day, Teddy meets a man who claims to be his father. As far as he knows, his father has been dead since he was a toddler. Now he is finding out something different. Just a few hours after he meets him, a thug kills him. What is going on? Te
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