Under Orders

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`Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than an eyebrow.' It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley. Former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well - but in his day, jockeys didn't usually reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest. But this is precisely how he finds jockey Huw Walker - who, only a few hours earlier, had won the coveted Triumph Hurdle. ...

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roan

Sep 30, 2007

not one of his best

One certainly doesn?t need to be an equine lover to enjoy Dick Francis? novels. His characters are diverse and interesting and the plot twists are practically scary. Each story has a sort of theme. One was about abstract painting. Another focused on a survivalist/travel writer. A great one, Proof, involved liquor stores. Under Orders is mainly about online gambling sites and the inherent pitfalls. There is still the same first-person narration in that smooth voice he manages to write down very well. There?s much more of a risqué aspect than his other books. Normally, this is done rather tastefully, but here it?s as if he?s attempting to cater to pulp fiction standards. There?s nothing cool about that. The twists and turns are still there and it is a good story. Sadly, this just doesn?t measure up to his others novels. Field of Thirteen was a decent book, but showed signs of a downturn. Under Orders is evidence that while Francis has had a great run, he?s past the goal post and needs to get off the track or find a different race.

Genie

Apr 23, 2007

Dick's 39th Novel

In this fast-paced, action-packed novel, Dick Francis gives us a bird's-eye view of online gambling and race-fixing. As ever, the characters are fascinating and believable and once you've started, it is difficult to put the book down. At 87, Francis is assuredly a grand master of crime fiction!

Sydasacres

Apr 2, 2007

Fun and Full of Surprises

Not the best Dick Francis book I have read, but definitely an enjoyable read that will leave you happy at the outcome.

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