Crossfire

Dick Francis and Felix Francis, Putnam, $26.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-399-15681-6
In the enjoyable fourth and final collaboration between Francis (1920–2010) and son Felix (after Even Money), the army career of Capt. Thomas Forsyth abruptly ends when an IED in Afghanistan blows off one of his feet, leaving him with a prosthetic replacement (like another Francis lead, Sid Halley). Upon discharge from National Health Service care, Forsyth makes his way home to Lambourn, where he gets a less-than-warm welcome from his mother, Josephine Kauri, a horse trainer. After learning that her stable has had a series of mishaps, Forsyth discovers that Kauri has been sabotaging her own animals in response to a blackmailer's threats to reveal her tax evasion to the authorities. With nothing else to occupy him, he turns detective to identify the extortionist. Though the plot details won't linger as long as those in Dick Francis's best work, like Whip Hand, this is still a suspenseful read. Francis aficionados will hope that Felix chooses to carry on the family tradition on his own. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/05/2010
Release date: 08/01/2010
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Hardcover - 505 pages - 978-1-4104-2801-1
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Open Ebook - 352 pages - 978-1-101-45208-0
Open Ebook - 352 pages - 978-1-101-44726-0
Open Ebook - 352 pages - 978-1-101-44244-9
Compact Disc - 978-0-14-242847-4
Paperback - 504 pages - 978-1-59413-481-4
Paperback - 325 pages - 978-0-14-104849-9
Mass Market Paperbound - 432 pages - 978-0-425-24262-9
Hardcover - 978-0-7181-5664-0
Hardcover - 392 pages - 978-1-4458-5468-7
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