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You submitted the following rating and review. We'll publish them on our site once we've reviewed them. Continue shopping. Item s unavailable for purchase. Please review your cart. Sort order. Aug 04, Harry rated it it was amazing Shelves: british-detectives , favorites , detective-mystery. What is there to say about Dick Francis? As I think about all of his books yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I've read them all I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society - either directly or indirectly.

The heroes aren't always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world. But more tha What is there to say about Dick Francis? But more than that, Francis's heroes are rational human beings.

The choices made are rational choices directed by a firm objective philosophy that belies all of Francis's novels. The dialogue is clear and touched with humor no matter the intensity of evil that the hero faces. The hero's thoughts reveal a vulnerability that is touching, while his actions are always based on doing the right thing to achieve justice.

Causing the reader to deeply care about the characters in a novel is a difficult thing to do. No such worries in a Francis novel. The point of view is first person, you are the main character as you read the story usually the character of Mr. The hero is personable, like able, non-violent but delivering swift justice with his mind rather than through physical means.

This is not to say that violence is a stranger to our hero. Some of it staggering and often delivered by what we would think of normal persons living in British society. You will come to love the world of Steeple Chase racing, you will grow a fondness for horses, stables, trainers and the people who live in that world. You will read the books, devouring one after the other and trust me Dick Francis has a lot of novels over 40 by my last count. There are several series woven into the fabric of Francis's work: notably the Sid Halley and Kit Fielding series.

Assessment: Dick Francis is one of my favorite writers. I read his books with a fierce hunger that remains insatiable and I mourn his death. View 1 comment. Mar 04, Nolan rated it really liked it. Lee makes a living by prowling around Britain scouting out old ruined buildings and businesses he can remodel, restore, and revitalize. Lee shares his house with his wife, Amanda, and six boys. As this book opens, Lee has just finished restoration of an old barn, turning it into the house he, Amanda, and the boys now share. And Lee indeed has some visitors as this book begins.


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Too officials from a nearby racetrack come to beg for his help. But why would the visitors come to Lee Morris? Because many years ago, before Lee was born, his mother was married briefly to one of the hyper-abusive sons of the wealthy racetrack owner. She left the home, but the family quickly closed ranks around the son, and she agreed to never mention the abuse and marital rape as long as she could simply be left alone. Instead, she kept the shares, and they eventually reverted to her son, Lee, upon her death. Lee initially declines their offer, but a series of events cause him to change his mind and actually show up at a board of directors meeting wherein all of the family factions with their naked hatred for one another are in full bloom.

While there, they witness a horrible racing accident that kills a rider and horse. He quickly alerts his father, and the boy and his father must now rescue the other boys who are playing in the grandstands. All but one boy leaves the area, and while Lee searches for his 9-year-old son, the stands explode in a horrific manner. Lee and the boy are reunited just seconds before the grandstands blow, and while the boy is spared, Lee sustains injuries on his back and legs as some of the structure falls in on him.

Lee is in constant danger from family members who want him dead, including his half sister, the girl born as a result of the forced sexual assault and the man once briefly married to his mother. Dick Francis does a magnificent job as usual with this plot. Their differences and strengths and weaknesses are used by this author to move the plot along nicely. The Stratton family, who are so hateful to one another and so divided as to the future of the racetrack, are also masterfully developed.

The plot is consistently fast and constantly interesting. This is a rather short book, but long on character development and excitement. So detailed are their descriptions that you feel as if you know each one of them individually. I probably would have given this one five stars but was so disappointed in the ending! Lee Morris is an architect with six sons all young. It is obvious from his story that he is very proud of them and loves each one but sadly, his marriage is struggling.

However he is committed to his family, and is about to prove his commitment when his family is introduced to danger at the racetrack. Lee is through marraige distantly related to a family of shareholders and because of a tragic past, has nev I probably would have given this one five stars but was so disappointed in the ending! Lee is through marraige distantly related to a family of shareholders and because of a tragic past, has never attended the meetings. However, learning that the racetrack is faced with either a permanent closing, or pointless renovations Lee's field , he decides to attend a meeting.

The hostility of the family is perhaps a little overdone but has the reader pulling for Lee all the way. When one of Lee's boys discovers a trail of hidden wire at the racetrack, the danger begins and as always, the hero of the novel will have to prove his mettle. Another fast-paced Dick Francis mystery that kept my interest all the way. Sep 18, David Highton rated it really liked it. Not a typical Dick Francis story, even though it is based around a family owned racecourse.

Lee Morris is a builder with six sons who has inherited a small share in the racecourse who gets embroiled in conspiracy and no little danger. But his recipe for a book is to also mix in one or two other topics, like glass blowing or computer viruses or movie making. The architect is our protagonist, and unlike many Francis books, you get more of a surface view of the life of the architect without getting much detail in his work. The detail that was there regarding explosives and design was not that compelling, and I missed that depth here. The book seemed to be much more about relationships, and the second topic was managing families.

Lee, our architect, manages this entire episode with his brood of sons with him. And the work Lee does in the story is related to a dysfunctional and rich family of racecourse owners. Francis has a way with navigating family politics and dealing with family trauma that he only touches on occasionally in his books. I think his writing about families give him the ability to bring some interesting characters to life, such as the grandson here trying to cure his baldness.

Francis also, as he likes to do, includes a beating scene here.

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They are always very cringe-inducing. Overall, one of the better ones. I love this one. It's the first mystery he's ever written where the hero had kids, so he gave him seven. All boys. On the other hand, he went back to the unhappy marriage theme letting the wife have an affair and the hero long to have one. Can't have everything. A great example of the history factor where it is only by learning what characters have done that the hero can blackmail his way to safety.

Also a fine example of psychological detection, since the hero must consider the various members I love this one. Also a fine example of psychological detection, since the hero must consider the various members of a large family to figure out who is the criminal. Compounding the difficulty of figuring it out, there are multiple crimes and criminals.

More stock Francis: the older iron-willed woman, wealthy, capable of graciousness that the hero comes to like and admire the Queen Mother I can't help but wonder? He deals with topical issues again, namely domestic and sexual violence, and I love the architecture stuff. Best of all, the hero lives in a barn with his brood.

This novel stands out because Lee is one of the few Francis characters to have children. That said Lee and his children are extremely well drawn. One wonders if Francis This novel stands out because Lee is one of the few Francis characters to have children.

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One wonders if Francis was making some comment on marriage, divorce and children. Or perhaps this is an experiment of a protagonist with children, just in case Francis had decided to take Kit or Sid there. Apr 20, Bardbooks rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , thriller.

This may be my favorite Dick Francis novel, with an atypical hero whose quiet architectural brilliance and unusually creative parenting of five boys sticks in my mind. This is my second read of Decider and I liked it even more this time, admiring the elegant turns of phrase, realism, and depth of character Francis creates. The integration of plot, character, and setting is OH so satisfying.

Aug 24, Jamilah rated it really liked it. I love Dick Francis' characters. They are very philosophical and good-natured, able to survive the most horrible calamities with a sense of humor. The hero of this book is in a rather depressing marriage, but as usual is a very likable guy.

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Fast-paced and tense, as most of his books are. Feb 20, Lori rated it really liked it Shelves: just-for-fun , british , mystery-suspense , audio , I've read Dick Francis before but enjoyed this one so much I will be picking up more from him in the near future. I actually found myself disappointed at remembering that I had finished this book when I would find a moment to hit "play. I don't know if any of his others are written as a "series" but this one is stand alone. In he was named by them as Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement.

Dick Francis died in February , at the age of eighty-nine, but he remains one of the greatest thriller writers of all time. Dick Francis. Free choice? There's no such thing, according to Lee Morris.