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Dead Heat

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

    Dick Francis at His Best

    This is one of the best Francis mysteries ever. It is surprisingly buoyant and charming from a writer in his 80s! (Maybe it's his son's influence?) In any event, I loved it. Loved the main character, loved the restaurant and menu details (thanks to Gordon Ramsay) and loved the international intrigue that crept in. All was authentic -- characters, plot and of course his knowledge of horses.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2007

    A Flying Finish

    There is something charming about Dick Francis and his racing set mysteries. For the last ten years I have awaited each new book with anticipation, happiness and impatience - then while I am reading the novel I deliberately hold back from finishing it too soon. Do you know what I mean?? There is always that one writer that you prize more than any other and is probably not a literary or Pulitzer prize winning author, but someone who you can relax with and simply fall into their familiar and simple style. Someone you will collect every paperback and hardback edition of just to say you have it. With that said, this was the first time I felt a slight tremor of trepidation creep into my thoughts when I learned Francis wrote the book with his son Felix. Over the past several years we have seen authors build their libraries by using another writer to actually flesh out their own outlines (James Patterson) and others who use a relative to carry on the family tradition (Clive Cussler). We have even seen the dead carry on (Robert Ludlum) and entice us with stories that are written by ghost writers but have the author's name trademarked on the cover. I have read some of these books and though they are not horrible, they lack what their creator's originally mastered. So, when I saw Felix Francis stamped on the cover, I wondered what I was in for. I waited for the day it was released and bought my copy - I kept the faith on this one - and settled in. Fell in to be more precise. The book turns out to be one of the author¿s best: quick, funny and absorbing. The British flair to the dialogue, using words like bugger, bloody and plunker, is one of the reasons this author does it for me. All of his novels are fantastic, but there was another level of power evident in this mystery, entitled Dead Heat. Using the same racing background that has become his signature recurring character we see Max Moreton, a well established chef in the racing community, try to unravel the truth behind who poisoned an entire group of people at an event he catered. To make matters worse, the next day another group of people are bombed at the 2,000 Guineas, also catered by him. Trickles of post 9/11 terrorism and espionage are used to give the novel a more modern touch and in doing so endear this book to the reader. It doesn't try to make a grand statement, but instead entertains like it should. I get the feeling that Dick Francis' son Felix contributed an equal share to this story, moving neck in neck with each chapter to make it flow seamlessly. Felix Francis has been a researcher for his father on many previous books and with adding his writer's hand to the work has given us a true treat. I am not sure if this means that Dick Francis is retiring and that his son will carry on with the racing theme, but if he is then he put the project in the right hands. Dead Heat will not walk away winning the Pulitzer prize or even sell an exorbitant amount of copies, but the author has his followers and I am one of them. Needless to say, next year I will be back in the same frame of mind when I hear Dick Francis and Felix Francis have their new book out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2007

    Wow and Unexpected

    I absolutely love Dick Francis' books. I've read them all and was disappointed by Under Orders. However Dead Heat is funny, suspenseful, and even romantic. The pacing was faster than previous books. I was concerned that with his son, Felix, co-authoring that it would not live up to my expectations such as when Stephen Farley took over for Walter Farley but I have to say well done to the father-son team. I hope they continue writing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Dead Heat

    AWESOME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2008

    Forever Francis!

    This story had my heart racing with my taste buds tingling...great characters...Dick Francis continues to entertain and educate his readers on horses, racing, people, and everything else. I love this book as much as all the others. In fact, I read this book then bought the audio so I can listen to it at work. Thanks to the Francis' for a job well done!!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great mystery

    Business is booming at the Newmarket restaurant in Newmarket, England and the proprietor Max Moreton is hired by the racetrack to be the guest chef of a dinner. The meal is a success but most of the people came down with a bad case of food poisoning including Max. The next day he has to drag himself out of bed to perform as the guest chef in the sponser¿s box. A bomb goes off killing many and injuring even more including Max¿s staff. The cause of the food poisoning is caused by undercooked kidney beans. Max knows nothing in the dinner called for kidney beans.--------------- He believes somebody deliberately poisoned his meal so that they would have an excuse not to go to the sponsor¿s gala. Two couples who were supposed to attend the sponsor¿s gala never showed up one couple is one of Max¿s best customers and the other is Peter, an importer of polo ponies and his wife. While he is investigating he is almost killed when the brakes on his car go out and his house with him in it is set afire. When Max and his lover go to the states, he gets a broken arm just for asking about a certain person and showing a metal ball to the security guard. Even with his life in danger, Max refuses to give up his quest to find out who tainted the meal that left so many ill and he has a number of unexpected allies willing to back him up.------------------- This father and son writing team changes the dynamic of a book written by Dick Frances. There is more humor in the storyline and readers get even closer to the characters because Max is an everyman the audience can identify with even with his outrageous risks to clear his name. The mystery itself is clearly set up so that through the use of misdirection, readers aren¿t sure who the villains of this tale are.-------------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    A very good read. I strongly recommend this book.

    Both Dick and Felix Frances know how to tell a great story. And, of course, it is usually about race horses.

    I have read all of the Frances' books and they never disappoint. Don't miss Dick Frances' Gamble by Felix Frances

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  • Posted January 17, 2010

    Dick Francis is on fire.

    Another in a long line of wonderful Dick Francis books. This one focuses less on horse racing than some. Lots of interesting information about what it's like to run a restaurant and become a great chef. Nice romance too. Will definitely appeal to Francis fans and may win him some new ones.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Doesn't feel right.

    I was delighted to see my neighboring village of Delafield, Wisconsin featured!
    This was another carefully researched book with an interesting look into the life of a chef and a brief look at polo. However, this book had a different feel from all the other Dick Francis novels I have read and enjoyed. It was somehow less engaging, particularly the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Good

    Intriguing

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