Dick Francis is brilliant. This (I think) is the first Sid Halley novel; it starts well and then improves; its the first time I've given 5 stars to a..Show More » book for a while! If you like Dick Francis you will love this.
I enjoy Dick Francis immensely. This book did not disappoint. Sid Halley is a likeable character, and Dick Francis lifts the lid on this private man, ..Show More »giving us a glimpse of the true character beneath the rock-like, fearless facade he presents to the rest of the world.
His affection for the little girl with leukemia is touching. Dick Francis really seems to understand what makes people tick, and there is always a heart-warming portrayal of the goodness and honesty of ordinary people, contrasted with the face of true evil in his villains.
As always, Francis' love and respect for horses is very much in evidence - the special relationship which can come about only through intimate association with these extraordinary creatures over many years. This is, indeed, classic Francis, and a book I shall enjoy listening to again and again.
Tony Britton cannot be faulted as the narrator of the Dick Francis novels. He is just right in every way, and brings out the different characters beautifully. I can't imagine anyone else reading them!
First novel for 5 years. WOW. I dip in and out of the Dick Francis body of work. A little violence. a touch of sweet revenge. clear cut villans & well..Show More » crafted hero's and of course, horse racing. Always coupled with a parallel area of interest to engage the reader.
I love em all.
This is a long awaited book. A Dick Francis classic. Everything is here. Worth the wait, worth the read. Read it and understand why he is revered both here in the UK and in the USA.
If this is your first Dick Francis novel, you are lucky you have a considerable back catalogue to enjoy and appreciate. I wish I was you.