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Longshot OK, I m officially going through the equivalent of mind numbing TV enjoyable, quick and instantly forgettable plot driven books My mind lately has been like fizz and all I want is to read something easy and diverting so I m raiding the children s library I run eg reading through a box set of Dick Francis that my mother also likes and gave me I ve probably read them already a few years ago, but as I said they re not memorable and now the technology described is really out of date I m al OK, I m officially going through the equivalent of mind numbing TV enjoyable, quick and instantly forgettable plot driven books My mind lately has been like fizz and all I want is to read something easy and diverting so I m raiding the children s library I run eg reading through a box set of Dick Francis that my mother also likes and gave me I ve probably read them already a few years ago, but as I said they re not memorable and now the technology described is really out of date I m also reading my husband s crime mystery type books you know, fun, fast paced, all action, describing the minutiae of the protagonist s life ie that they got up and had a shower and exactly what they ate for breakfast and that they turned the key in the ignition to start up their XXX car etc etc So apologies if I m dumbing down the literary level here but hey I m still reading just not the medical journals I m supposed to be reading Longshot by top notch Dick Francis is an arrow that just misses the heart Narrator John Kendal meticulously details directions for constructing such, bows, traps, diagram of arteries guarding life blood, in six glossy white hardcover survival guides Return Safe from the Wilderness Jungle, Desert, Sea, Ice, or Safari Generous large racehorse trainer Tremayne Vickers invites John to leave starving in an frigid garret for a month live in biography commission Daughter in law Mackie skids th Longshot by top notch Dick Francis is an arrow that just misses the heart Narrator John Kendal meticulously details directions for constructing such, bows, traps, diagram of arteries guarding life blood, in six glossy white hardcover survival guides Return Safe from the Wilderness Jungle, Desert, Sea, Ice, or Safari Generous large racehorse trainer Tremayne Vickers invites John to leave starving in an frigid garret for a month live in biography commission Daughter in law Mackie skids their jeep into a deep water filled ditch, where our hero saves her, the head lad Bob Watson, client Fiona Goodhaven, and respective spouses quiet Ingrid and happy Harry, from ice cubery p47 We get drawn into the family circle with sons friendly Gareth 15 pal appropriately nicknamed Coconut 14 , and otherworldly woodworker Perkin Fiona s cousin violent jockey Nolan, arrested for strangling a party girl there the previous April, publicly attacks and threatens John Interspersed are third person accounts of Berkshire lilting local Inspector Doone finding the bones of missing strangled sleeparound stable girl Angela Brickell Her murderer keeps on trying, inspired by the guides John needs a strong will to save his own skin I d forgotten the title, but I ve enjoyed this at least thrice now I knew the perpetrator and fate at first meeting, but I wallow in expressions like still mornings as rare as honest beggars p 64, that bring eccentric character voices to life, my new friends I still fear huge horses, even after moving to the country and learning to ride Western along with new neighbors But I read everything I can find by Francis, edge of the seat suspense Surprise endings twist our perception of justice.At the end, John is the loner cowboy riding off in the sunset, but the people have beenfinely delineated than in modern book series that drag on too long I mourn the author, not alive to writehis son has not yet achieved the same pinnacle of talent I read this book yesterday I mean, I read the whole thing yesterday, if that gives you an idea of how much it grabs you Francis was the master of that last sentence that makes you have to start the next chapter whether you want to or not. 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.Buttha 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.Butthan 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 Douglas 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 A freelance writer, specializing in survival guides decides to write the biography of a horse trainer There s a murder in the background, not really connected to the trainer, but everybody in the trainer s orbit is worried about it As usual, one murder isn t the last Can the writer figure out who did it before he gets killed A lot of tension. Francis is so reliable a read You know the ethical and loyal hero will triumph, there are plenty of red herrings and horses of various colors and action Still, the writing is not flabby or plain He writes with verve, good depictions of people and horses and places.Never a disapppoinment. Another great protagonist by Francis Thrilling, with a unique angle. An enjoyable Francis staple a worthy hero, plenty of horses and racing Most of the Francis books tie the mystery plot to something Francis has obviously researched I ve read and learned about glass blowing, ancient computer viruses, and gold mining from some Francis plots, and I ve come to expect these non horse bits as much as the upstanding hero And many books contain a couple of these side research plot points beyond the well known and expected horse racing touches For Longshot I fe An enjoyable Francis staple a worthy hero, plenty of horses and racing Most of the Francis books tie the mystery plot to something Francis has obviously researched I ve read and learned about glass blowing, ancient computer viruses, and gold mining from some Francis plots, and I ve come to expect these non horse bits as much as the upstanding hero And many books contain a couple of these side research plot points beyond the well known and expected horse racing touches For Longshot I feel Francis may have been on a tight schedule The unique skill described is survival, and you get the feeling he picked up a book at the shop on surviving in the British wilderness and wrote bits of that into this story Quite a few bits There s always another one coming The other inner workings parts of the story involved selling a book to a publisher and the workings of a horse training farm, neither of which I suspect required any additional research for this author I felt a bit disappointed after being entertained in aexotic manner in earlier books.But that didn t really hurt this story it s a good one As I said at the beginning of this review, this is a typical Francis plot, and I enjoyed it And since I bought 5at the library sale, all thick paper hardbacks, I will keep reading him.This is the 20th Francis book I ve read, and the first in paper the previous ones either audio or ebooks I believe I still prefer audio for these kinds of mysteries, since they tend to keep driving and I feel I would have completed this quicker and with as much retention and enjoyment as reading the paper novel I can t say the same for every author or genre of book In my most read author chart on Goodreads, Francis is coming strong in third behind Ross Macdonald and James Lee Burke, leaving Philip Roth and John LeCarre behind and Ian Fleming hoping to findbooks to publish The serious fiction plodders are behind and struggling to keep up I have not read too many Dick Francis novels, but this one made a big impression on me since it involved the world of writing, literature, literary agents John Kendall is a struggling writer I have identified with this for years and his attempts to survive in this sphere sparked empathy from me His early interactions with his agent piqued me even if he would learn that his agent even before talking to him, had accepted a position on his behalf before deigning to brief him Indeed ther I have not read too many Dick Francis novels, but this one made a big impression on me since it involved the world of writing, literature, literary agents John Kendall is a struggling writer I have identified with this for years and his attempts to survive in this sphere sparked empathy from me His early interactions with his agent piqued me even if he would learn that his agent even before talking to him, had accepted a position on his behalf before deigning to brief him Indeed there is a lot of human warmth, great intelligence, fecund interactions amongst people in Francis novel.But always terrifying is the sinister, cruel proclivities of certain individuals villains in his works People one would not necessarily associate sheer, palpable evil with, often turning out to be incredibly malevolent And so it turns out here too Late in this work, we flinch with horror as our hero has an arrow embedded in him, with the concomitant excruciating pain that goes with this Yet the tormentor is still bent on tormenting him further, by trying to pull the goddamn arrow out Excuse me Even now I shudder trying to imagine the throes of pain The mystery in this work, as usual, is exceedingly brilliant, complicated yet simple in the end Yes, Kendall is a struggling writer who has nevertheless managed to publish some books His encounter with an established, formidable, revered female writer late on in this work, for me, was worth the price of this book alone Hot On The Heels Of His Runaway Bestseller Straight, Dick Francis Once Again Breaks Away From The Pack With His Dazzling New Mystery, Longshot A Starving Writer Turns To Work That Will At Least Pay The Bills, But He Soon Discovers The Perils Of Rural England His Agent Had Warned That His Impulses Would Kill Him, But He Didn T Listen Not By A Longshot


About the Author: Dick Francis

Dick Francis CBE born Richard Stanley Francis was a popular British horse racing crime writer and retired jockey.Dick Francis worked on his books with his wife, Mary, before her death Dick considered his wife to be his co writer as he is quoted in the book, The Dick Francis Companion , released in 2003 Mary and I worked as a team I have often said that I would have been happy to have both our names on the cover Mary s family always called me Richard due to having another Dick in the family I am Richard, Mary was Mary, and Dick Francis was the two of us together Series Sid Halley Mystery Kit Fielding Mystery


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