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I thought I had read all the Dick Francis books I m so glad I was wrong Lately, as I reread them, I naturally find them less than original, less fun to read It s so nice to find one I didn t know existed and recapture that fun and esteem that comes from reading a book like Hot Money It s a typical Dick Francis novel A mild mannered protagonist who is forced into helping someone out of a jam inspired by a murder, usually involving a strange or estranged family and always involving horse racing Nothing new to see here, except I really liked it I guess the newness came from finding it in the first place The last lines are also typical, the main character has gone through an adventure and grown, usually spiritually and closer to a loved one, but ultimately he is the same person who started the novel Did you notice I d taken the golden dolphin and the amethyst tree and so on out of the wall and put them in the sitting room he asked casually Yes, I did I sold the gold too I glanced at him He looked quizzically back The price rose sharply this year, as I thought it would I took the profit There s nothing in the wall now except spiders and dust Never mind I m leaving the clause in the will, though The family had been curious about his leaving me the piece of wire, and he d refused to explain I ll buy gold, and sell it Buy and sell Forward and backward One of these days his blue eyes gleamed you may win on the nod Francis, Dick Hot Money I ve read this and most of the other Francis books about a bazillion times now They are great comfort reading It s been long enough since I read this one that I didn t remember whodunnit, though I did remember many of the major plot points.I very much enjoy this sort of tight, economical, understated British writing, especially when read by outstanding narrators like Tony Britton I just can t get enough of this style I recently read Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey, and that gives a similar effect I must read of her books. Malcolm Pembroke Never Expected To Make A Million Pounds Without Making Enemies Nor Did He Expect His Latest Wife To Be Brutally Murdered All The Clues Suggest The Killer Comes From Close To Home But After Five Marriages And Nine Children, That Still Leaves The Field Wide Open When He Finds His Own Life In Danger, Pembroke Entrusts His Safety To His Estranged Son, Ian, An Amateur Jockey And Through Him Discovers A Compulsive New Outlet For His Financial Expertise Soon He S Playing The International Bloodstock Market For Incredible Stakes Not The Safest Bet For A Man On The Run From Avaricious Relatives Particularly When One Of Them Got A Bomb Great read Getting to know the family can be deadly Started this one on May 28th and read it straight through I loved the cast of thousands and had no difficulty keeping them all straight in my mind Each character was distinctly drawn, and the whodunit clearly disguised, the main protagonists were fully rounded and likeable Sign of a genius. A clever enough plot that entwines itself around a highly disfunctional and greedy family, all of which are blindly intent on maximising their inheritance At 432 pages, the story was padded in parts, and maybe the editor s red ink could have deleted a couple of the race meetings even a trip to Australia for the Melbourne Cup , that I felt were superfluous in the grand scheme of things.4 stars I intensely disliked my father s fifth wife, but not to the point of murder So begins Hot Money, Francis s 1987 masterpiece of homicidal family drama Malcolm Pembroke is a filthy rich gold broker and serial husband with a string of wives and children surrounding him When someone murders his latest wife by suffocating her in her own potting soil, he turns to his estranged son Ian for protection and help.Ian, while interesting enough, is a fairly innocuous hero the true focus of the novel are the poisonous relationships radiating out from Malcolm, who can t seem to stop stirring up drama between those closest to him In order to solve the mystery, Ian has to go back to the resentments of childhood and study the psychologies of all his half siblings, which is where a large part of the charm of the book comes in In Hot Money, Francis creates not so much a charismatic hero as a charismatic family, one you want to keep finding out about and one with a terrible secret to hide Hot Money was written right as Francis was entering into the height of his powers, and is superbly paced and plotted There s nothing earth shaking about it, exactly, but it holds up well to repeated reading, and is guaranteed to provide plenty of pleasure to Francis fans or anyone who enjoys a good mystery. The there is to grab, the greediest the people That quote summarises the story of this book Malcom Pembroke is a multi billionaire He was a shrewd businessman who traded in Gold Buying low and always selling high He was very wealthy But with this much fortune, came great corruption Greed, jealousy, and strife were some of the demons lurking in this family Moira, Malcoms 5th wife was dead Murdered by an unknown assailant Now, Malcoms life was hanging on the balance Attempts had already been made on his life He believed that his likely heirs were responsible The motive The family wanted him to stop squandering what they thought to be their inheritance That is the the plot of this novel which I thought was very absorbing and interesting. 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 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 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. I intensely disliked my father s fifth wife, but not to the point of murder I read those fourteen words, and I was hooked That is the compelling first sentence in this standalone novel by the master storyteller, Dick Francis This book has convinced me that I want read all of his work, which is a massive collection of horsey based writing Francis uses a brilliant concept for the structure or plot, if you want to call it that, of this mystery Narrated by Ian Pembroke, an amateur jockey, Francis weaves a complicated story about Ian s father Malcolm, an incredibly rich gentleman who makes his money by buying and selling gold Before Ian will help his father, they must try to mend a three year long rift in their relationship, tied to Malcolm s decision to marry wife number five, despite Ian s pleas to drop her Someone has tried to kill Malcolm, shortly after his fifth wife, Moira, has been found murdered at their large country home Who suspects him of this crime, you say The police, and most of his family, numbering in the twenties, if you count stepchildren, daughters sons in law, and ex wives There are so many members of this family that Francis kindly provides a list of them, at the front of the book To cope with the threat to his freedom and his life, Malcolm, as he is called by all of his children rather than Dad or Father, decides to spend huge chunks of money on a variety of causes and items This flagrant spending causes the family members to come running to Malcolm, suggesting that he has gone mad after murdering Moira, and he intends to throw away their inheritance on anything or anyone but them In desperation, Malcolm turns to his son Ian, afraid for his life and needing help to get out from under his family s verbal and physical attacks Who among this large group is capable of murdering Moira, and or Malcolm Francis masterfully creates detailed personalities for all of the twenty plus members of Malcolm s extended family The interaction between the ex wives and their children, step children and each other, bring to mind a very large knot found within a ball of wool when I am knitting Unravelling this ball takes patience as I well know, and Francis leads us through this unravelling with elegant detail, vivid characterizations, and considerable suspense All is revealed, and by book s end, he leaves you marvelling at his plotting and characterization A gem of a book I count myself officially a member of the Dick Francis fan club.