Dick Francis’s Refusal

Felix Francis, Author
Felix Francis. Putnam, $26.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-399-16081-3
Reviewed on: 07/08/2013
Release date: 09/03/2013
Paperback - 571 pages - 978-1-59413-681-8
Hardcover - 511 pages - 978-1-4104-6216-9
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Compact Disc - 978-1-4703-8203-2
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Francis successfully resurrects one of his late father’s most popular creations and only series character—disabled jockey–turned–PI Sid Halley (last seen in 2006’s Under Orders), who has given up detecting as a concession to his wife, Marina. Well-off from investments, Sid leads a happy if placid country life with Marina and their six-year-old daughter. Given his desire to avoid the rough stuff, Sid is reluctant to look into “some corrupt goings-on in racing” when asked to do so by Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the British Horseracing Authority. Sir Richard is sparing with details, providing only a list of recent races, and Sid is careful not to commit. Sid changes his mind after Sir Richard dies while sitting in a running car in a closed garage, an apparent suicide. Of course, his involvement in the case places Sid and those dear to him at risk. Longtime fans will be hard put to tell this gripping thriller from the senior Francis’s work. Agent: Philippa Brophy, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Sept.)
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