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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Dick and Felix Francis once again affirm that a father-son writing team can provide quality mysteries

The first day of the Royal Ascot horse races gala was like any other opening at the prestigious event and Ted Talbot, his co-worker Luca, and their assistant Betsy are taking book from the punters. Out of the crowd comes an elderly man demanding to speak with Ted. He ...
The first day of the Royal Ascot horse races gala was like any other opening at the prestigious event and Ted Talbot, his co-worker Luca, and their assistant Betsy are taking book from the punters. Out of the crowd comes an elderly man demanding to speak with Ted. He insists that he is Peter James Talbot, Ted's father. This is a shocker as Ted was raised by his paternal grandparents who claimed his parents died in a car crash.

Peter informs his still stunned son that he has two half-sisters living in Australia, but before they can get into a car, two thugs demand the older Talbot hand over the money. During the subsequent brawl, James is injured and rushed to the hospital where he dies. Ted goes to his dad's hotel room and finds proof that his father was involved in an illegal activity. The thugs still demand their loot and the code used on chips that are imprinted and then inserted into the horses. Ted's life is in jeopardy but he also wants justice for his father and the insurance these punks will not go after him or his loved ones in the future. He ignores the cops because the lead police officer investigating his father's death assumes he is guilty of something.

Dick and Felix Francis once again affirm that a father-son writing team can provide quality mysteries. Readers are caught up in British horse racing (a trademark of father) and the shenanigans that occur away from the track including some instigated by Ted. Still he receives plenty of empathy as criminals are coming after him as the likely recipient of his father's legacy, he has a mentally ill wife institutionalized, and a co-worker wanting to be his partner in the family business. With plenty of thrills, chills, and spills EVEN MONEY is a sure bet.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on June 27, 2009

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Not the Dick Francis I know and Love

I have read every Dick Francis novel and even preordered Even Money because I was so excited to see that a new book was being released. However, within the first few pages I could tell that Dick Francis probably did not contribute much to this book. One of the great a...
I have read every Dick Francis novel and even preordered Even Money because I was so excited to see that a new book was being released. However, within the first few pages I could tell that Dick Francis probably did not contribute much to this book. One of the great aspects of a Dick Francis novel is that you get to know and care about the main character very quickly (for example Sid Halley). The stories were always exciting and pulled you in. When Silks was released I was excited to see that Felix Francis was writing with his father. I thought that the Francis style would continue on. But that does not seem to be the case. Even Money seems to drag along at a very slow pace and is laden with details about horse betting that do not advance the story. Also, even though Dick Francis novels are centered around horse tracks in Britain, there is much more vernacular in this book than any of the other books. So I am very disappointed; I miss the Dick Francis style that I have come to love.

posted by Vbaugh on October 1, 2009

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