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Bolt (Kit Fielding #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,429 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
The hero of Francis' bestselling Break-In now gets involved in finding a cruel killer of horses, loses the women he loves to an aristocrat, and is menaced by an aspiring arms merchant.
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published March 16th 1987 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 1986)
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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
Kara Jorges
Aug 09, 2011 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dick Francis returns us to the world of jockey Kit Fielding, who we met in an earlier novel. Kit is engaged to the beautiful Danielle, but their relationship seems to be on the rocks. Lately, Danielle seems rather distant to Kit, and he worries he may be losing her to another man. The story begins at the races, where Kit is riding for Princess Casilia deBrescou, a fine woman who owns several racehorses she enjoys watching at various racetracks. Kit and the princess are fairly close, and after th ...more
May 31, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
A worthy follow up to Break In. It's great to spend another book with the ever-capable Kit. It was also neat to spend more time with the princess, meet her husband, and get to know them better. It's a bit disappointing to me that Kit's sister Holly and her husband, who featured so heavily in Break In, never appear.

The book synopsis here on Goodreads is laughably inaccurate. Someone is shooting horses and there is an arms dealer but beyond that the synopsis is pretty bogus. Having successfully de
what can i say? books and horses
Nov 16, 2014 Scoats rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I understand why Dick Francis thought every book would be his last. Making something this flawless must have been really draining. Great plot, great placing, great characters, great twists, and above all amazing smooth, tight prose that appears to be effortless. The sort of effortlessness that totally belies the amount of effort that most likely went in.

Once again set in the racing world. Kit Fleming, who appears in another Francis book I read eons ago, is back. The horse racing world wouldn't o
There is something comfortable about old and familiar series. Yet, the strange thing is, I never read any of Dick Francis's books growing up, even if we had a name in common. I thought in this particular book his antagonist was weak, not very well developed, nor highly believable. And yet, the story flowed, tension was developed the ending left you satisfied and you cared about the other characters.

There is something comfortable about Dick Francis's writing. I can't put my finger on it, but I en
Kit Fielding #2 - Kit's patron, Princess Casilia is upset - her husband's (Roland Brescou) business partner (Henri Nanterre) is threatening to expand his business to plastic guns, and insists that M. Brescou sign the papers or else. Kit tells them to hold their ground, but now the princess's best horses are being killed with a humane "bolt". Danielle, the princess' niece and Kit's finance, is chased after work one evening through some dark London streets after two of her car tires are flattened, ...more
Andrea Ika
When Kit Fielding, champion steeplechase jockey, finds out that his chief patron, Princess Casilia, is facing an increasingly serious threat, he goes unhesitatingly to her aid. Neither realises that his instinctive support is the first step towards a frightening battle involving violent risk, with the honour of the princess' family as the prize and Kit's own destruction as the forfeit. Beset by other problems, not least his troubled romance with Danielle, the princess' niece, Kit knows that whil ...more
Billie Johnson
Oct 13, 2015 Billie Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a shamelessly enthusiastic fan of Dick Francis novels....this is my second read of BOLT, which is the second of Francis's Kit Fielding-starring adventures.

Kit is a jockey and is employed by many racehorse owners and trainers, though he is especially fond of one owner whom he calls Princess. In a prior novel, Kit meets and falls in love the Princess's niece, Danielle. So when a nasty situation develops in the first few pages of BOLT, it is only natural for the Princess to turn to Kit for hel
Richard Howes
May 09, 2012 Richard Howes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. Almost everything Dick Francis wrote is great. To me, he is the best and got me reading again after not having time for the last twenty years. He also inspired my first novel, "The Killer's Co-op". I have a whole shelf of DF novels and I look forward to putting a shelf full of my own right next to his.
And also just reread this book for about the millionth time. Less fun of a read than Break In because worse things happen and Kit isn't in as great a place…but just as compelling and awesome. Where's my Kit Fielding? I've been waiting for him for FOREVER.
May 25, 2016 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just reread this book, and I loved it as much if not more than the first time I read it. It was nice to be able to read both of the Kit Fielding stories back to back. I highly recommend this author. Dick Francis is the best!
Boots S
Feb 29, 2016 Boots S rated it liked it
When Kit Fielding, champion steeplechase jockey, finds out that his chief patron, Princess Casilia, is facing an increasingly serious threat, he goes unhesitatingly to her aid. Neither realises that his instinctive support is the first step towards a frightening battle involving violent risk, with the honour of the princess' family as the prize and Kit's own destruction as the forfeit. Beset by other problems, not least his troubled romance with Danielle, the princess' niece, Kit knows that whil ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, england
Kit Fielding's future father-in-law, Roland de Brescou, is co-owner of a construction firm in France. The other co-owner, Henri Nanterre, wants to branch out the business to include the manufacture of plastic guns. Henri comes with papers to force Roland to sign the agreement. Roland refuses. Henri issues all sorts of threats against Roland's family and loved ones (which includes a number of the horses that Kit rides) in an attempt to get Roland to buckle under and sign. Kit is called in to act ...more
Jan 10, 2016 Alarra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, francis
I did not enjoy the sequel to Break In so much. Kit reveals so much more insecurity in his jealousy over Danielle's relationship with her cousin, and the dangerous situations become more and more unbelievable. I also don't care as much for the Princess' husband and extended family and the financial drama/shenanigans that drive the mystery, and there are just too many villains. Also, lots of horses die in this, if that upsets you (it weirdly did me considering they're not real). Danielle and Kit' ...more
Sharon Storm
Jun 24, 2014 Sharon Storm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently re-read Bolt, and it was as enjoyable as the first time. Actually, I enjoyed it more this time because there were parts of the story that made more of an impact. I enjoyed the intersection of the plot lines: Kit Fielding coming to the aid of one of his employers. Princess Casilia; Kit trying to salvage his relationship with Danielle; and the ongoing feud between Kit and Maynard Allardeck, which was introduced in Break In, the first book in which we meet Kit and some of the other chara ...more
Jun 27, 2015 Coleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a confirmed Dick Francis fan, I saw this book at a book sale and had to buy it. When I started it, I noted the charated Kit Fielding and some of the characters sounded familiar so I thought I might have already read it. NO, I HAD NOT. There were two Kit Fielding books, and I had read the other one, but not this one. Glad I actually checked to be sure so I did not miss this excellent quick read from Francis. Sad, as in other of his books, to have injuries occur to horses, but that is part o ...more
Sara Diane
Jul 29, 2014 Sara Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, mystery, 2014
I always love a Dick Francis mystery--they are charming. I love Francis' main characters--they are loveable and comforting--just the sort of man you might want to settle down with.

This one (which is a second with a character, which I didn't realize) has Kit Feilding, a jockey, who just happens to ride horses for a princess (not of England, but we are never told her country of nationality, only that she lives in England now with her French husband, and she is not French). Someone is killing her
Angie Rhodes
Nov 23, 2014 Angie Rhodes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Dick Francis writes really clever thrillers, based around racecourses and horses, Kit Feilding is a jockey, and a good one too, he races for his patron Casilia,and her invalid husband Roland De Brescon.
Kit notices she is not in her box, watching him win a race,he becomes concerned, she never misses a race,
Once found she tells Kit, she is being threatened by a cruel thug of a business partner, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, if that means killing her horses with a bolt gun, so b
Lisa H.
Sep 30, 2011 Lisa H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: dick-francis, mystery
Dick Francis' Bolt revisits jump jockey Christmas "Kit" Fielding, first encountered in Break-In, as he matched wits with high-powered and sometimes murderous businessmen to save the horse training stables of his twin sister Holly and her husband Bobby Allardeck.

In Bolt, Kit is still riding for trainer Wykeham Harlow and his primary owner, the Princess Casilia de Brescou, and is engaged to Danielle de Brescou, niece of the Princess and her husband Roland. A startling and confrontational visit fr
Feb 25, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
I have added this as a single representation of a Dick Francis mystery novel. to say the least this guy has been prolific and I have read quite a few of his books over the years. These are the go to books, if I find myself wondering in the library with no particualr read in mind. I will always fly through one of these novels at a fast clip. They all center around horse racing. As a "horsey little girl" I would be unlikely not to love the mixing of murder mystery and horses, so its a great blend ...more
May 02, 2009 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ryan by: Heather Sycamore
This book was really a outside my range of cultural awareness. Since the main character was a jockey, I figured this must take place in the late 1850s, before the invention of the automobile (and hence, NASCAR). Then Princess Casilia drives around in a Rolls Royce. Ummm...maybe 1920's, I thought. Then an aunt flies in from Miami. 1960s? Finally, Kit says something about it being 1986. I was floored. People still go to horse races in my lifetime?!? I thought that was restricted to the time of My ...more
Elaine Mayes
Dec 02, 2014 Elaine Mayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, mystery
This is vintage Dick Francis with an appealing hero and a villainous villain. Honor and duty play a big part in this short novel and good wins the day. But the plot moves forward with vigor and the characters (other than the villain) are nicely drawn and vivid. Francis writes the racing scenes exceedingly well and I almost feel like I'm on the horse along with the jockey. Light reading and very entertaining.
Rena Sherwood
This book is confusing if you haven't read the preceding book Break In (which I hadn't.) The horses are killed rather hideously, which was chilling to read and became gratuitously violent by the book's end. However, the horses would probably have hideous deaths anyway during the races. Kit Fielding is not as likeable as other Francis protagonists. Skip this.
Francis, Dick - 25th book / 2nd Kit Fielding

In Kit Fielding's breakneck world of steeplechase racing, the ultimate catastrophe strikes: someone is shooting horses with a weapon fiendishly called a “humane killer.” Kit must stop the murdering madness, and everyone in his upper-crust circle becomes a suspect—the princely rival who's trying to woo his woman, the personal enemy bent on ruining Kit's family, the black-market arms dealer whose plans could imperil the globe. Such dire situati
A.G. Lindsay
Oct 16, 2014 A.G. Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My dad really liked Dick Francis' books, so when I saw this for a bargain, I picked it up. It kept my attention, and I loved most of the characters.

I especially loved that when one story arc was done and most of the characters were content that the mystery was solved, the author had one more twist to throw at us.
Oct 21, 2015 Fiona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the things I dislike so much about Dick Francis's novels is his gratuitous violence/abuse of animals. Off the top of my head, apart from in Bolt,it appears in For Kicks, Banker and Come to Grief. As a racing professional, who chose to be a jockey and work with horses from a very young age, this is disturbing and unpleasant. I did read that "copy cat" abuse to horses took place in the UK after Come to Grief was published.

It was hard for me to think of the titles of those books because his
An entertaining read by Dick Francis, however the story relies on his well tried scenario of uninterested/incompetent police. Other times the police are not called in, even when there are witnesses and good evidence. Why not? Because then there would not be a story. I like Dick Francis's books, but this is a regular weakness.
I expected Nanterre to die and was anticipating such for much of the book. I'm pleased the story turned out not to be so predictable. Killing the baddy off at the end is usu
Jan 23, 2011 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunnit, mystery, 2011
I am always pleased after I finish a Dick Francis novel. Kit Fielding is the leading man Francis loves to give us. He’s charming, unflappable, and a little out of place in his profession, yet isn’t invincible, and isn’t the luckiest in love. We have three storylines here that are woven together expertly and in unexpected ways. Kit is asked by his friend that he rides for, Princess Casilia, to help them fend off an over-exuberant business partner who says he’ll do anything to get what he wants. A ...more
M. Patrick
Oct 21, 2014 M. Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bolt by Dick Francis is a pleasantly paced Whodunit with the intelligent British style that makes reading or listening a pleasure. It fascinates me that a Welch writer who quit school at 15 can write so much better than many American writers who have forced themselves through various graduate degrees. One wonders if it is the water, the latitude, or the educational system.
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