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Publisher's Summary

Malcolm Pembroke never expected to make a million pounds without making enemies. Nor did he expect his latest wife to be brutally murdered. All the clues suggest the killer comes from close to home, but after five marriages and nine children, that still leaves the field wide open.

When he find his own life in danger, Pembroke entrusts his safety to his estranged son, Ian, an amateur jockey; and through him discovers a compulsive new outlet for his financial expertise. Soon he's playing the international blood stock market for incredible stakes. Not the safest bet for a man on the run from avaricious relatives. Particularly when one of them's got a bomb.

©1987 Dick Francis

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Engrossing and Entertaining

Thoroughly engrossing & entertaining entry from the Dick Francis stable. Great performance by the reader. But the recording was clearly done many years ago resulting in poor audio quality with background noise like a cassette. Would be 5 stars all round if that could be cleaned up.

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  • Mary A.
  • 18-12-2005

Another Dick Francis Great!

I'm a Dick Francis Fan, so seeing so many more added to the store has just made me so happy! This title I hadn't read until just last month, so seeing Audible has it, was great! I love Tony Britton's voice, and this story, while not completely on a racing incident, had racing peripherally in the story line. I loved the story of Ian reconciling with his father, and then learning about his zany family added to this one's charm. As to who was trying to kill Ian's father, it had me guessing til the end. For one to enjoy cuddled up maybe even with a friend, you can't go wrong with this book!

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  • Claire
  • 14-01-2012

GOOD SHOW!

Would you consider the audio edition of Hot Money to be better than the print version?

I liked this book! It was different, not your average cop-detective story, nor your run-of-the-mill who done-it. The characters are so realistic some of them could be my own brothers. I missed them once the story ended. It also paid respect to the police, not making them all out to be dumb-clucks. In fact, most of them were not only kind, but also had great intellectual input. It may have dragged a little, yet it always came back with flair. My first listen with this narrator, who also seemed to have a great intellectual input, along with female voices his own mother, should be proud of. Good Show!

What other book might you compare Hot Money to and why?

I have been reading who-done-its for thirty years, no other book compares to this. It's in a league of it's own. Original plot line, charactures and completely different approach to solving crime. I seems in crime writting today there is a standard routine to all of them, but not this one.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was the night he went into the house and felt ....well..creepy. So creepy they left.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was particually moving when his father goes to his first race; nothing like it, he gets addicted.

Any additional comments?

I miss listening to this, I am addicted.

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  • A
  • 18-08-2011

brilliantly narrated

I've listened to many of Dick Francis' novels and they are all terrific; Hot Money is no exception.

There is a lot of "character development" in this book, more so than anything short of Dostoyevsky. Yet Francis keeps it moving along exceptionally well.

What really set this book apart was the language. If you like British English, you'll absolutely love this one. Of course all of Francis' novels use British English, but this one somehow has an extra dose that almost made me feel like I was listening to P.G. Wodehouse. Tony Britton really brought this book to life wonderfully.

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  • SUNEET
  • 15-02-2011

Very pleasant

The story is about Malcolm, five wives, money-hungry relatives, an estranged son, and a murder. And, of course, horses. The story begins with the murder of Malcolm's newest wife, and an attempted murder of Malcolm himself. He turns to his son Ian for protection. Ian protects Malcolm and plays amateur detective at the same time. This story isn't the Ludlum genre: super criminals, roller coaster thrills, incomprehensible plots, and high drama in italics. Hot Money is easy to understand. It moves along gently, a canter, not a gallop (perhaps I mean that it's slow), But I'll probably listen to it again some time, because I enjoyed the pace. It's the sort of book that fills you with the leisurely glow of a holiday. The characters are alive. I could understand every bit of the plot, and I must confess that this is a sort of achievement for me. My earphones weren't unputdownable, but the prospect of picking them up was always pleasant. AND, the narration is excellent (how does he do it?)

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  • James
  • 10-10-2010

Great fun!

I usually don't read this type of book, but I have to say, it was great fun. Dick Francis takes you you on a fascinating, catch-me-if-you-can caper with the most dysfuctional (and hysterical) family the world has ever seen. It was really worth the credit. Great fun!

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  • Glendale
  • 27-06-2010

Tony Britton hot narration

I don't know what he looks like and frankly who cares....but when Tony Britton utters the first line of this book you'll be hooked --- it's so thoroughly English, a touch snobby and (to me) the hysterically funny renditions of the Dick Francis stable of characters may spoil you for other books. Now I look for anything narrated by this man. A total junk food listen.

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  • Patti
  • 25-01-2010

Francis at his best

If you like action-adventure, Francis never let's you down. This is one of his best, allowing you to keep suspended and really identify with the hero's most frightening events. Take this one for a whirl!

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  • Mary Ann
  • 16-10-2009

Outstanding

Once again Dick Franicis writes a riveting book with well developed characters! I could listen to Tony Britton all day.

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  • george
  • 18-02-2019

First Read (listen) - Great Start

Dick Francis gave me relevance (horse racing and gambling) with excellent dialogue (working and middle class Briton) while performer Tony Britton's presentation created real excitement.

I was hooked on Audible after this first up purchase.

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  • Fred
  • 03-01-2012

Dick Francis being Dick Francis

What made the experience of listening to Hot Money the most enjoyable?

Dick Francis tells a great story and they are all different. there is nothing horrible in a Francis book, no cringe making imagery to bum you out. Just a clever well written story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

i liked them all. always a collection of colorful, eccentric, and unusual people made very true to life.

What about Tony Britton’s performance did you like?

he gets the story.

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

lots of laughs at the foibles and absurdities.

Any additional comments?

if you like Dick Francis you will like this book. if you want an interesting light mystery with clever dialogue and believable characters who are very human you will like this one. if you want dark, violent, twisted emotions and a break neck plot that makes your heat race don't get this book.

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  • AGR
  • 24-04-2016

Production Issues

Really good story. Great performance. Be aware that the digital version was clearly created from aging masters because, at times, it is like listening to a poor cassette tape copy. If you are prepared to put up with that I'd still highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-2019

Hot Money

I have listened too a number of the dick francis books now on the advice of a friend, but till now I have not really been over impressed although excepted them But this was a really good book superbly performed by Tony Britton it was as though he really enjoyed it as well Where in other occasions he has not really wanted to perform a really excellent book and superb performance

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  • Fiona Gow-Howell
  • 14-05-2018

fantastic story loved it. Tony Britton is good,

read all of the Dick Francis books over the years they are very compelling reads. Now in audio versions even better.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-10-2021

Another brilliant audio book!

Dick Francis excels again with the wonderful voice of Tony Britton. Such a great narrator and a good plot. What more does one need!

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  • carlo1954
  • 20-09-2021

Poor quality recording

This audible book is a very poor quality recording. Crackles and faint noises in the background. Fades in and out with volume and clarity. Sometimes sounds as if narrator has descended into a cellar for some chapters. This spoils the telling of a good story.
I appreciate the recording must be very old and was probably on tape or CD originally but surely in this day and age it can be cleaned up to be a more professional offering. This does not meet audible’s usual standard of book.

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  • Jazz Piano
  • 23-03-2021

A Truly Great Read

I read this book about 30 years ago and was thrilled to find it on Audible. It is a fantastic whodunnit and superbly narrated by Tony Britton. I will be downloading more Dick Francis!!

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  • Lisa
  • 21-03-2021

Brilliant

Excellent story, writing, and narrator is so talented. couldn't put it down. Alround great book

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  • rogger
  • 24-09-2020

always a great read..page after page.

just love these books..can't wait for the next one..have enjoyed reading for years..thank you very much

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  • Welshlad
  • 06-06-2020

Another good one from Mr Francis

Excellent story teller and Tony Britton's voice was always wonderful to listen to! (R.I.P. Tony)

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  • Terri
  • 27-05-2020

fast paced from the off

Another excellent Francis. Lots of twists and turns right to the very end. Highly recommend

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