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Come to Grief (Sid Halley Series #3)
     

Come to Grief (Sid Halley Series #3)

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by Dick Francis, Simon Jones (Narrated by)
 

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The bestselling author of Decider is back with another suspenseful ride


The hero of Whip Hand returns


Although more than a decade has passed since the publication of Whip Hand, little time has elapsed in Sid Halley's life. Still in his mid-thirties, he remains troubled, courageous, unwilling to admit defeat to disabling

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The bestselling author of Decider is back with another suspenseful ride


The hero of Whip Hand returns


Although more than a decade has passed since the publication of Whip Hand, little time has elapsed in Sid Halley's life. Still in his mid-thirties, he remains troubled, courageous, unwilling to admit defeat to disabling injury or to corruption. Now, though, Sid faces nineties' dilemmas, dangers, and deeply demanding decisions.


"I had this friend that everyone loved, and I put him on trial...I grieved for the loss of a friendship, and for the man who looked the same but was different, alien...despicable. I could more easily have grieved for him dead."


Having exposed an adored racing figure as a monster, Sid must testify at the man's trial. But the morning of his appearance, a tragic suicide shatters the proceedings and jars Halley's conscience. Plagued by regret and the suspicion that there's more to the death than has yet come to light, he is catapulted into days of hard, rational detection, heart-searching torments, and the gravest of perils. Business as usual for Sid...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Francis fans will welcome the return of narrator Sid Halley (Odds Against; Whip Hand) as the one-handed PI and ex-jockey takes on a case of multiple mutilations of thoroughbreds; unnervingly, the amputation of the animals' front left hooves mirrors Sid's own injury. The investigator soon realizes that the man behind the crimes is his old friend Ellis Quint, ex-gentleman jockey and now a beloved TV host. Sick at heart, Sid builds a strong case; but, when Quint is charged, British law bars any public discussion of the case, rendering Sid mute at the huge public backlash against him. Particularly vicious and unrelenting is The Pump, a garish tabloid. When another mutilation occurs and Ellis has a seemingly unbreakable alibi, Sid finds some odd connections between a business tycoon, The Pump's noble owner and Ellis. Finally, the honorable, brave and thoroughly decent Sid faces his worst nightmare-the loss of his good hand-while doing what he must. A subplot about a little girl with leukemia offers some touching sentiment, and there are flashes of dry wit throughout as Francis, who turns 75 later this year, proves himself still at the top of his game. BOMC featured alternate; Reader's Digest Condensed Book; simultaneous Simon & Schuster audio; author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
No word yet on the plot of this latest thriller from the author of such best sellers as Decider (Putnam, 1993), but it's a good bet that the cast features plenty of horses and jockeys.
School Library Journal
YA-The champion jockey turned detective, Sid Halley, returns in this mystery to find the perpetrator of heinous crimes committed against prize-winning horses that are not insured. The horse community rejects his findings and does everything in its power to stop the investigation. Physical force, slanderous newspaper stories, and bugged phones are some of the tactics used to discredit and demoralize Halley. Fortunately, the nature of the crime is so unnerving that some powerful people enter the scene demanding that he finish his work. Francis has once again created a plausible mystery that can't be solved before finishing the book. The reading is easy and descriptive. The story, set in the present, includes characters and situations that will appeal to teen readers...especially horse lovers. Another Blue Ribbon selection from this notable author.-Linda A. Vretos, West Springfield High School, Springfield, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671536299
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Series:
Sid Halley Series , #3
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 cassettes, 3 hrs.
Product dimensions:
4.58(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.83(d)

Meet the Author

Dick Francis (pictured with his son Felix Francis) was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster.

He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957, he published an autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks.

A three-time Edgar Award winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger, was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000. He died in February 2010, at age eighty-nine, and remains among the greatest thriller writers of all time.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies
Date of Birth:
October 31, 1920
Date of Death:
February 14, 2010
Place of Birth:
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales
Place of Death:
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies
Education:
Dropped out of Maidenhead County School at age 15.

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4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SID HALLEY IS LIKE AN OLD FRIEND TO ME. I TOO MISS DICK FRANCIS GREATLY BUT FELIX DID A GOOD JOB CONTINUING SID'S STORY
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree that Felix is not the writer his father is, but he is stll better than many other mystery writers today. It is just that Dick was one of a kind. He had a very distinct and clear style. The only critisim I have ever heard oh him was that his heroes were all interchangable. But that was not a weakness in my eyes, it was a strength.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love everything by Dick Francis. NOT the stuff with his son Felix, you can tell that Dick wasn't in control by then. I miss him very much. wish he were still with us and writing.
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bluegoose More than 1 year ago
I don't know why the reviewer on June 05, 2005 thought this novel was "too close to home." It makes me wonder if the reviewer had personal experience (as a victim) with the type of crime in Come to Grief. Even though I am a fan of Dick Francis, this was a tough read for me because of the violence and evil perpetrated by the criminal on animals. I gave the plot 4 stars because it is not for the squeamish. That being said, it was an excellent book full of the taut suspense, solid characterizations, and pacing that make all Dick Francis books great. It is important to know that the Mystery Writers of America gave this book the Edgar Award for Best Novel of 1996. Do not let one poor review turn you away from Dick Francis books. If you're not sure if you can handle the plot, try reading the synopsis on the dust jacket (or back) of the books. For those who haven't read Dick Francis' novels yet, I recommend starting with Dead Cert. It's a brilliant book as are all the others he wrote. Mr. Francis passed away in February 2010. The last novel he wrote (in collaboration with his son, Felix Francis)is titled Crossfire and will be available August 17, 2010.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always used to love the Dick Francis books until this one. This one is too close to home for my liking, which is a great shame, as before this book I had seen Dick Francis through rose coloured glassed, and I hated having those glasses removed from me.