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His local is usually England but some are different such as “The Edge” which involves a transcontinental rail excursion from Montreal to Vancouver. Very interesting. So far my favorite is “Straight” which is a mystery, yes, but also a story about ...more
I enjoy that we come to know Greville as a character, ...more
Although I really did like the main character in the book, and the story was interesting, it was so slow that I never felt hooked. It was only toward the end where I felt that I wanted to ...more
I really liked the unexpected turns this one took. I feel that there’s little point talking too much about Dick Francis books because they are all quite similar, but some are still more complex than others. This was one of the better ones. There were many surprises and even as someone who cheats and peaks at the last few pages to find out the...more
I had a real hankering to read this again and I did enjoy it as much as the first 5 times I read it!
I have been reading Dick Francis books since I was about 14 and my mum owns them all and I've read all of them several times. They seem a bit dated and not quite as good anymore, but they've been part of my life for a long time. As always with Dick Francis the research is really impressive - in this case all about the gem trade (excellent) and gadgets (from the 80's of course). It was alway ...more
Francis, Dick - 28th book
When Derek Franklin, a steeplechase jockey nursing a shattered ankle from a bad spill, learns of the death of his older, long-estranged brother Greville, he's stunned to find himself named as both executor of the will and sole heir. But in rapid succession, Derek is mugged, his brother's gemology firm is robbed, and Derek himself is assaulted in another robbery attempt; understandably, he comes to suspect that Greville's death may not have been an accident.
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