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I’ve been reading and re-reading the novels of Dick Francis since the early 1990’s and I’m hardly objective when it comes to judging their worth. I am aware that many critics consider him a ‘one trick pony’ who somehow stumbled over a succesful formula for writing murder mysteries set in and around the racing world, and then applied ‘rinse and repeat’ for about forty more novels written in the same manner, with the same type of characters and the same type of plot. Yet ...more
I had a little trouble getting into this one. Having said that, I'm glad I stuck with it. I can see how the protagonist was a foundation for my (later published) favorite, Sid Halley. Dick Francis does (did) such an amazing job of of creating likeable protagonists. Sadly, I've almost read everything he's published.
May 05, 2014 Lorraine rated it liked it · review of another edition
Philip Nore is a steeplechase jockey and an amateur photographer. George Millace is a professional photographer who had recently died in a car crash. His son is a fellow jockey, and gives Philip his father's batch of "mistakes". Philip discovers that the mistakes are really hidden photos and letters extorting money from people. Philip reveals what he had learned to a couple of people in the racing world and soon his own life is under threat.