'Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than an eyebrow.' It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley. Former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well - but in his day, jockeys didn't usually reach ...
'Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than an eyebrow.' It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley. Former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well - but in his day, jockeys didn't usually reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest. But this is precisely how he finds jockey Huw Walker - who, only a few hours earlier, had won the coveted Triumph Hurdle. Just moments before the gruesome discovery, Halley had been called upon by Lord Enstone to make discrete enquiries into why his horses appeared to be on a permanent losing streak. Are races being fixed? Are bookies taking a cut? And if so, are trainers and jockeys playing a dangerous game with stakes far higher than they realise? Halley's quest for answers draws him ever deeper into the darker side of the race game, in a life-or-death power play that will push him to his very limits - both professionally and personally. In his first new novel for six years, Dick Francis returns to prove once again that he is the Grand Master of thriller writing.
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One certainly doesn?t need to be an equine lover to enjoy Dick Francis? novels. His characters are diverse and interesting and the plot twists are practically scary. Each story has a sort of theme. One was about abstract painting. Another focused on a survivalist/travel writer. A great one, Proof, involved liquor stores. Under Orders is mainly about online gambling sites and the inherent pitfalls. There is still the same first-person narration in that smooth voice he manages to write down very well. There?s much more of a risqué aspect than his other books. Normally, this is done rather tastefully, but here it?s as if he?s attempting to cater to pulp fiction standards. There?s nothing cool about that. The twists and turns are still there and it is a good story. Sadly, this just doesn?t measure up to his others novels. Field of Thirteen was a decent book, but showed signs of a downturn. Under Orders is evidence that while Francis has had a great run, he?s past the goal post and needs to get off the track or find a different race.
Apr 23, 2007
Dick's 39th Novel
In this fast-paced, action-packed novel, Dick Francis gives us a bird's-eye view of online gambling and race-fixing. As ever, the characters are fascinating and believable and once you've started, it is difficult to put the book down. At 87, Francis is assuredly a grand master of crime fiction!
Apr 2, 2007
Fun and Full of Surprises
Not the best Dick Francis book I have read, but definitely an enjoyable read that will leave you happy at the outcome.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-07-31 Beloved series character Sid Halley, a champion jockey, makes a welcome return in the latest fast-paced crime novel from bestseller Francis (Come to Grief). When a crippling injury forces Halley into retirement, he begins a second career as a PI. Thanks to his doggedness and integrity, he attracts many clients, including a mysterious government figure who asks him to assess the unintended consequences of Britain's legalization of Internet gambling, and others who wish him to unravel the nest of puzzles surrounding the murder of a jockey, Huw Walker, suspected of throwing races. This time, the sinister forces arrayed against him have an unexpected weapon threats of violence against Halley's new significant other. The writing and action are as crisp as ever, though longtime Francis fans may find the plot a little familiar. BOMC and Mystery Guild main selection. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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