Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He’d been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong.
Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing...or else.
At first Sid ignores these warnings, knowing that once he submits to this criminal bully, he will forever be under his control. But as the intimidation tactics escalate - and Sid’s own family comes under threat - Sid realises he must meet his enemy head-on...or he might pay the ultimate price for his refusal.
©2013 Felix Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"This is fascinating reading on every level, from the neatly calibrated plot, moving from suspense to terror, to all the details of the racing world Francis provides. Halley is now, as before, an utterly complex, interest-holding character. And the final, moral turn that Francis makes of “refusal” is brilliant. A heroic return for Sid Halley." (Booklist)
"Francis successfully resurrects one of his late father’s most popular creations and only series character—disabled jockey–turned–PI Sid Halley... Longtime fans will be hard put to tell this gripping thriller from the senior Francis’s work." (Publishers Weekly)
felix and dick francis book are a good listen the narrator brings the book to life
it was interesting good story plot
very similar to tony britton in the reading style
refuse and you die
"Not his father"
Dick Francis combined good plots, growing characters, excellent research on engaging topics, and excellent writing to produce easy reads that left readers satisfied. His son tries to copy his formula, but falls short on every single aspect. Sid Halley, Charles and Marina were complex and multifaceted and grew through the books, but stagnated here. The plots meandered. And the transplantation component was a sideline, so the research didn't come through.
In general, this book was a negative to the Francis brand, and even though Martin Jarvis is a good reader, he couldn't make up for the fact that the book was just poor.
I will read Felix's next attempt, because his father's legacy is good to continue. But if that is only twice as good as this one, I won't read the one after that.
"Story good, narrator disappointing"
Another fast paced and enjoyable Sid Halley story from the Francis stable, if sometimes seeming more laboured than the original ones.
I did not like the narration though, not varied enough and the Michael Caine imitation voice of the police inspector drove me mad!
"Dreadful pastiche of the Dick Francis style"
No sense of action like the originals, the 'hero' agonises in tiresome internal self-questioning monologues for minutes at a time where a true Dick Francis hero would have just got on with it and allowed his internal confusion to be inferred.
the result is that the whole book is interminably slow and has me practically shouting 'get on with it'.
Martin Jarvis's droll voice, perfectly suited to the Just William stories, which he made his own in an admittedly idiosyncratic way, is just not remotely suited to what ought to be a pacy thriller. It simply compounds the book's weakness.
All the internal monologues.
"Not the best"
Just found this book repetitive with long explanations of things which were really not interesting. The story was far fetched and not great also felt the end was rushed . Read better
"Awful no where near Dick Francis standard."
If someone else had written it. All of the characters had had personality transplants in this book. Felix should have used new characters.
I am not put off books in the genre, but i won't ready any more by Felix Francis.
There were no issues with Martin Jarvis's performance.
The characters were all old friends and there were nothing wrong with the characters it was the plot and the writer that was the issue.
I only got half way through the book before I gave up on it. I have never done this with a Dick Francis book.
"A worthy successor"
Listened to in one sitting. Felix has done his Dad proud with this sequel with Sid Halley. Read with great characterisation by Martin Jarvis especially Halley's internal thoughts & fears.
"Just as good as Dad"
Very high standard
Any Dick Francis
His voices are very believable
Not yet haven't finished only half way through
Only that Felix should keep on writing His Dad I'm sure would be so proud.
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