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Crossfire by Dick Francis
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Aug 27, 10

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Read in August, 2010

** spoiler alert ** A career soldier who's lost his foot in the war, Tom returns to his mother's home until he sorts out what he wants to do with his life since he can't be a warrior anymore. His mother runs a stable and is well known, but he's never gotten along with her or anyone else it would seem. At the start of the book, Tom comes across as a very cold fish, very reserved, distant, and quite bitter. I guess that's to be expected because of the trauma of his injury, but I get the feeling that he was that way before.

At any rate, once he finds out that his mother and stepfather are being blackmailed, the story gets better. He's got a job to do, to save his mother from going to prison. I think having that focus does change him a bit and he starts to be a bit more human.

There's a lot about finances in the book, more so than about horses, which I think slowed the pace of the novel. Still, there's quite a bit of action toward the end and a few surprises.

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