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Come to Grief by Dick Francis
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Aug 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery-thriller, my-favorite-recent-reads

Dick Francis is still the only author to have ever won three Edgar awards for mystery novels, and this is the book that won him his third award. This is also the third of his four books using ex-jockey Sid Halley as his main character. This and Whip Hand have got to be my two favorite Francis books -- there is lots of Francis' patented spare prose, and lots of well-hidden internal conflict from Sid. There are also lots of complications and side-issues in the plot, mostly dealing either directly or indirectly with the different ways in which people handle or avoid or create or cause catastrophes within their own lives -- or as the title says, how they "Come to (or at) Grief".

If you only read two Francis novels in your entire life, make them Whip Hand and Come to Grief. There's a reason both of them won Edgars.
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