Dick Francis's Refusal

Dick Francis's Refusal

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"Dick Francis's beloved investigator Sid Halley returns in the riveting new mystery by New York Times-bestselling author Felix Francis. Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He'd been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing or else. At first Sid ignores these warnings, knowing that once he submits to this criminal bully, he will forever be under his control. But as the intimidation tactics escalate-and Sid's own family comes under threat-Sid realizes he must meet his enemy head-on or he might pay the ultimate price for his refusal"--
"A Dick Francis novel from the author of Dick Francis's GAMBLE and Dick Francis's BLOODLINE"/
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons,, [2013]
ISBN: 9780399160813
Branch Call Number: M FRAN
Characteristics: 371 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Refusal


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Jan 06, 2020

Loved this private detective mystery set in England involving the horse race biz! Fun,page turning great read! I have ordered another to read of the Francis duo,Bloodline!

Jun 23, 2018

Felix Francis has written a great mystery adding some of the old characters from his father books. Worth reading if you liked his father Dick Francis. Felix he has really become a good mystery writer. Really enjoyed it, I thought I was reading a Dick Francis book that I started reading when they first published.

Sep 16, 2015

A good read but not as good as his dad.

Felix Frances is not the writer his father was. As Judith E. writes [below]
the characters are not as appealing and are less heroic than in previous Dick Frances novels. Still, for those of us who are fascinated by the racing world and all the ways the betting public can be hoaxed, this is an interesting peek behind the curtains. Hope Felix improves in his next attempt.

Mar 22, 2014

I really like Dick Francis and own many of his books and often re-read them. This book started out just OK and then I ended up not liking it at all. The formula Dick Francis used with his main characters had them changing and overcoming personal obstacles, often against dangerous enemies, it is true, but they seemed to be how the character could learn to overcome his personal demons. Here, there was much more violence, some appalling (the threat to rape, murder, and feed to pigs a 6 year old girl, for example), no character development I could see, a husband and father who took stupid risks with his family, a wife I didn't like who behaved inconsistently. And the continuing violence was both unpleasant and tedious. I ended up skipping to the next chapter frequently, just to get some idea of how it would end, given I'd invested so much time listening so far. (It wasn't worth it!) I won't read any other books by this author.

Nov 29, 2013

book is easy read, lots on the horse race world. enjoyable!!!

rowanquincy Nov 25, 2013

disappointing. not the quality of his dad.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Oct 28, 2013

Felix is carrying on his father's fine tradition of race related mysteries. This book involves the return of Sid Halley. He has left the private investigation (and horse racing) world far behind but is dragged back in by the death of the racing chairman. He and his family and friend are put at risk. If you liked Dick Francis, I'm "betting" you'll like how his son has carried on his legacy!


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