Jefferson Hinkley is back in the newest thriller in the Dick Francis tradition, this time on a special mission to the United States to investigate a conspiracy involving the biggest horse races in the country.
The richest prize in racing. The perfect motive to commit a crime.
Jeff Hinkley, a British Horseracing Authority investigator, has been seconded to the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA), where he has been asked to find a mole in their organisation, an informant who is passing on confidential information to fix races.
Jeff goes in search of answers, taking on an undercover role as a groom on the backstretch at Belmont Park racetrack in New York. But he discovers far more than he was bargaining for, finding himself as the meat in the sandwich between FACSA and corrupt individuals who will stop at nothing, including murder, to capture the most elusive and lucrative prize in the world: the Triple Crown.
©2016 Felix Francis (P)2016 Recorded Books
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My dad and I both love Dick and Felix Francis and look forward to September each year. Dad got first read this year and he was underwhelmed. I got second read and I was underwhelmed. Dad isn't the world's best literary critic but he said "They always grab me and I can't put them down but this one doesn't" - he was right, I could take or leave it. It didn't grab me from the start then there was a whole lot of narrative with heaps of technical information that just seemed to keep on coming, none of the short sentences, action packed plot that characterised older books. Dick rarely repeated his heroes but we have had several now with Jefferson as the hero and he's wearing a little thin - there wasnt even a decent love contact this time. Sorry, disappointed with this one.
The overall story was pretty good although the main character seems a bit old fashioned in a modern world... but I nearly stopped listening as the accents were so bad.
Martin Jarvis is a fantastic narrator but it turns out he's not great at Irish accents or Puerto Rican for that matter. It was painful.
"Not your best."
A decent story line.
He had obviously researched a great deal for this book and he wanted his readers to learn all about the drugs and what they did to the horses. There seemed to be more about the research than a story which involved people.
The start as I always look forward to a book written by the Francis family.
Certainly the seconds with the solicitor at the end an intelligent man would not let his solicitor get away with such rubbish.
So disappointed, you are a fiction writer and this means a story which should draw you in and keep you involved not turn you off with too much boring information. Most of all make it believable even if we are dealing with Americans.
Good book, true to Francis performance but recording of music makes it annoying but still good
"ALWAYS Love a Francis Novel...BOTH Father & Son!!!"
Well Done Felix. . . love that you're carrying on in the meaty world of Racing & BEYOND...Always a well twisted plot...no cookie cutters for you! Thank you!
I generally love Dick and Felix Francis books. But I found this one slow to get into. I usually like all the background information and for the first time I was a bit bored. I have liked other Jeff Hinckley books, with his sister's illness etc. But this time there was little about him.
"The Ending Could Have Been Better"
It has a good Outline Good Story But what happened to The End.
No Word on His Girlfriend.
I know it was Rocky at the Start.
too much violence and not enough plot. convincing details of US customs about finance and horse races..
"Very interesting book"
Nice to hear part 2 in the story about Hinckley look forward for part 3
"Excellent narration, very good story."
The return of Jeff Hinckley, this time in the USA, produces a well paced story with a very good story line. Martin Jarvis provides an excellent narration. The story develops well, and has an interesting twist at the end. My single disappointment is the length of time the lead character took to recognise the major clue. But this may be less apparent to a layperson.
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