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Straight

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'Irresistible' (The New York Times)

Publisher's Summary

Derek Franklin is an injured jockey. The last fence at Cheltenham has left him on crutches. But his brother's death means even bigger trouble. He inherits a jewellery business, a mistress - and some very shadowy business associates.

Franklin likes to play things straight. But with £1.5 million in diamonds gone missing, he finds honesty can be a deadly virtue. His only hope of survival is to identify his brother's mysterious enemies.

Money hungry men who scorn the good and despise the straight

©1989 Dick Francis; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Shoshi Devon, United Kingdom 29/03/2008
    Shoshi Devon, United Kingdom 29/03/2008 Member Since 2016
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    "My favourite Dick Francis book"

    This is my all-time favourite Dick Francis book, brought beautifully to life by Tony Britton's matchless narration.

    There is a really intriguing mystery to this story. The dead brother is a very secretive man with a love of electronic gadgets and hidden caches, and the story unfolds like a treasure hunt. As usual, Francis' central character is a likeable man, and you are behind him all the way, especially when the poor man is assaulted again and again, despite his already injured state!

    His uncommunicative assistant is a joy, too - always ready and willing to help, and allergic to being thanked or paid for his trouble! The relationship between the two men is restful, giving our hero some respite during his all-too-painful exploits to get at the truth about his brother's final business dealings.

    As with most of his novels, Dick Francis has chosen a secondary theme to the base-line horse-racing theme, in this case gemology; as always, it is well-researched and absolutely fascinating, and an unusual choice of subject which has the effect of making one want to find out more.

    I really love this book!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Tooting Bec, London, United Kingdom 23/05/2009
    Frances Tooting Bec, London, United Kingdom 23/05/2009 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth a Return Visit"

    This is one of my all time favourite books which I bought in audio so that I could listen to it again whilst I was driving. The characters are very real and leap off the page and the setting, the semi-precious gem stone trade is interesting too. It's one of those books I find myself returning to re-read every now and then and for a crime novel (where there are no surprises once you have read it) that's rare even for a sad serial re-reader like me. If you enjoy this book try "To The Hilt", "Decider", "High Stakes" and "Hot Money" on the grounds that they are my other favourite Francis titles and perhaps we have similar tastes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Irene Ann Finn 16/11/2016
    Irene Ann Finn 16/11/2016
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    "Great read"

    A great read, pity the technical recording was sub standard, ŵith back ground noise and hissing throughout the total book. Hence I have to mark down the overall read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leopardskin Lil 09/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Dick Francis at his best!"

    The research that goes into Dick Francis' stories enhances the experience. You learn so much about the subject of the story as well as enjoying a rattling good read. Who wouldn't want to know about diamonds? The trouble with Dick Francis books is I want to know what happens next! I want the story to go on........
    Not a bad strategy that, leaving your audience wanting more!

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  • Tracey
    craigmore, Australia
    19/12/14
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    "straight"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Straight to be better than the print version?

    haven,t read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Straight?

    the whole book is good hard to pick just one moment


    Have you listened to any of Tony Britton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes good storyteller


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no i just enjoyed it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    10/10/11
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    "Another Dick Francis Classic"

    Another Dick Francis Classic. Great with a fast moving engaging plot, a page turner,a great companion for anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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