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The Edge
     

The Edge

4.3 18
by Dick Francis, Peter Marinker (Narrated by)
 

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"BEWARE. MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM." So proclaims the ad for the Great Transcontinental Mystery Race, a glittering rail junket that promices not only the opportunity to race a thoroughbred on some of the world's great courses but something more: an intriguing mystery to be enacted on board, which passengers will be invited to solve. But Julius Apollo

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"BEWARE. MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM." So proclaims the ad for the Great Transcontinental Mystery Race, a glittering rail junket that promices not only the opportunity to race a thoroughbred on some of the world's great courses but something more: an intriguing mystery to be enacted on board, which passengers will be invited to solve. But Julius Apollo Filmer, one of the most ruthless operators of the racing underworld, hatches a strange plot of his own. For Tor Kelsey, undercover security agent, a scenario of imaginary mayhem is about to explode into a nightmare of real and bloody
murder. . . .

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To catch a murderer, an undercover agent for the British Jockey Club poses as a waiter on the ``Great Transcontinental Mystery Race Train.'' ``There is no limit to the thrills along the way, and no way of predicting the stunning denouement,'' lauded PW. 1,000,000 first printing. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Young Tor Kelsey, competent, race-horse wise, and independently wealthy, works for undercover security at the English Jockey Club. ``Loaned'' to the Canadian Jockey Club, he spies on charming but slippery British extortionist Julius Apollo Filmera horse flesh aficionadoaboard the first-ever Transcontinental Mystery Race Train. During the week-long trip, put together to promote Canadian racing, Kelsey narrowly avoids detection, single-handedly averts catastrophe, and even falls in love. This most excellent and memorable construction, crisply crafted and sparkling with intensity, evidences a deft, masterful hand. Literary Guild main selection. REK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780886462451
Publisher:
Durkin Hayes Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
05/28/1989
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 6.96(h) x 0.77(d)

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"It's obvious Dick Francis had a good time writing The Edge."

Meet the Author

Dick Francis, CBE, wrote more than 40 bestselling novels during his career, selling over 60 million books worldwide. He first published his autobiography in 1957, and his first thriller, Dead Cert, followed five years later. He received many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger, and three Edgar Allan Poe awards from the Mystery Writers of America. They also made him a Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement. Dick Francis died on Valentine's Day in 2010, aged 89.

During a long career that has encompassed stage, TV and cinema, Tony Britton has become a familiar face to millions through the long-running series Don't Tell Father and Don't Wait Up. Among his other TV appearances are The Royal, Doctors and The Way We Live Now, while his films include These Foolish Things.

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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The Edge 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
JudeTX More than 1 year ago
A good yarn. Pretty classic Dick Francis.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
Dick Francis writes about the world of horse racing with crisp plots and tightly drawn characters that are a delight to experience. The Edge is mostly set on a train in Canada which is bringing horse owners from race to race as part of celebration of the Canadian horse racing industry. It’s a delightful setting and serves Francis well as his hero, Tor Kelsey, attempts to figure out A) how bad guy Julius Apollo Filmer plans to disrupt the event, and B) how he (Tor) is going to stop him from doing so. Along the way we meet a cast of colorful characters and Francis writes the most convincing romance of his career. This one is running neck and neck for the title of best Dick Francis novel with other greats such as Hot Money and Straight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another subject I never thought I'd be interested in, fashioned into a great read
ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
PLOT OR PREMISE: An arrogant horse-owner in England joins The Great Transcontinental Mystery Race Train across Canada, with the train stopping at several sites along the way for horseraces, with an actors troupe on the train posing as real passengers. . WHAT I LIKED: Francis is a master at moving players around in the story and having them interact in interesting ways. His descriptive prose, and his keep-it-simple style, make it easy to both imagine the scene and understand the characters. The sports element is there, as it is in all of Francis' books, but he again shows his mastery in leaving it as the backdrop against all the other characters' interactions. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The overall feel of the book is that similar to a play or film with an ensemble cast -- no one is really well done, but most are sufficiently interesting to hold our attention for awhile. Some characters are still left hiding in the background as mere caricatures. As for the villain and the protagonist, both needed to be better developed, and I never felt the villain was particularly evil nor the protagonist particularly interesting -- too much on actions and not enough of his own thoughts to reveal his true character. Unfortunately, I also figured out the plot fairly early, although there was one character at the end who was slightly different than expected. I also saw three or four points in the story where Francis could have easily taken the reader down a darker or more interesting path, yet the opportunities were left abandoned alongside the tracks in the story. . BOTTOM-LINE: Another good mystery from Francis . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him / her on social media.
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anneli More than 1 year ago
With any Dick Francis book you know you're going to get a fast paced, clean, suspenseful read. This one is my personal favorite--there is a very bad guy on a very high-class train going across Canada.
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It moved to the eighth result