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Even Money (Francis Thriller)
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Dick Francis (Author) Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National Hunt jockeys. The winner of over 350 races, he was champion jockey in 1953/1954 and rode for HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, most famously on Devon Loch in the 1956 Grand National. On his retirement from the saddle, he published his autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write forty-three bestselling novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), and the biography of Lester Piggott. During his lifetime Dick Francis received many awards, amongst them the prestigious Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the genre, and three 'best novel' Edgar Allan Poe awards from The Mystery Writers of America. In 1996 he was named by them as Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2000. Dick Francis died in February 2010, at the age of eighty-nine, but he remains one of the greatest thriller writers of all time. Felix Francis (Author) FELIX FRANCIS studied Physics and Electronics at London University and then embarked upon a 17 year career teaching Advanced Level physics. Felix Francis is the younger son of crime writer and National Hunt jockey Dick Francis, and over the past 40 years Felix assisted Dick with both the research and the writing of many of his novels. Felix's love of racing, writing talent, and knowledge and experience as a physics teacher was invaluable in the father and son writing partnership. Felix has written ten 'Francis' novels, the first Under Orders was published in 2006. Then followed Dead Heat,Silks, Even Money, Crossfire, Gamble, Bloodline, Refusal, Damage and Felix's tenth novel Front Runner.

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This is the third novel coauthored by three-time Edgar Award winner Francis and his son, Felix, following Dead Heat (2007) and Silks (2008), both also available from Books on Tape/Penguin Audio and read by British actor Martin Jarvis. Present are the classic Francis hero (in this case, bookie Ned Talbot), information on modern bookmaking practices, plenty of nasty villains, and, of course, horses. Also present are far too many repetitive descriptions and a major plot line that merely fades away. Still, Jarvis delivers his usual splendid performance, so while this is not Francis at his best, it is still an enjoyable listen. For all mystery collections.-I. Pour-El, Ames Jewish Congregation, IA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

The third collaboration between bestseller Francis and son Felix (after Silks), a taut crime thriller, features an especially sympathetic hero. Bookmaker Ed Talbot is struggling with his wife's mental illness, even as technology threatens to give the big bookmaking outfits an insurmountable advantage over his small family business. Soon after a man shows up at Ascot and identifies himself as Ed's father, Peter, whom Ed believed long dead, a thug demanding money stabs Peter to death. Ed is in for even more shocks when he learns his father was the prime suspect in his mother's murder-and that Peter's killing, rather than a random act of violence, may be linked to a mysterious electronic device used in some horse-racing fraud. Ed must juggle his amateur investigations into past and present crimes with his demanding family responsibilities. Though some readers may find the ending overly pat, the authors make bookmaking intelligible while easily integrating it into the plot. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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