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by Dick Francis

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Longtime jockey Philip Nore suspects that a racetrack photographer's fatal accident was really murder--and unravels some nasty secrets of corruption, blackmail, and murder.


Longtime jockey Philip Nore suspects that a racetrack photographer's fatal accident was really murder--and unravels some nasty secrets of corruption, blackmail, and murder.

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New York Times
Reflex enthralls.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
English actor Britton's rich, chameleonlike voice immediately immerses the listener in the intricate plotting and well-drawn characters that typify the work of Francis. Britton (The Day of the Jackal, etc.) expertly tells the story of narrator Philip Nore, an aging jockey who uncovers widespread corruption among his associates after delving into the allegedly accidental death of a sports photographer who "trafficked in ignominy and humiliation." Excellent sound quality and Britton's impressive vocal range echo the intense emotional turmoil Nore experiences as he moves closer to discovering a killer, putting his own life at risk and confronting the truth of his troubled conscience and Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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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

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
Dropped out of Maidenhead County School at age 15.

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Reflex 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyed it greatly
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is completely awful. The plot is a boring, dead weight and i feel as if i am dragging myself along through it's scumbaggery and skullduggery trudging through the ridiculously dry, arrogant and mostly completely non-existant humor, and the story's lack of any real thrill, importance, interest, etc. I really am not sure if there even is humor, i can't really tell. Seriously, you don't have anything better to read? Do you know that there is life beyond this terrible old man and his terrible, drawn-out books? How many years do you have left? If I'm thinking right it's probably four or five non-feeble one's if I'm not too late. Unsurprisingly you probably are feeble...but I'm glad that you can use that crazy magical new-fangled thing called 'the interweb'..righteous, isn't it?! But really, what could possibly be more boring than a book about horse racing? Why don't you write a comprehensive murder mystery that entirely revolves around car racing? Just instead of cocky brits on horses drinking earl grey it can have ignorant rednecks in pick-ups listening to toby keith. Granted I'm only on the 8th chapter, but seriously...why would you make someone who's a senior in high school read this novel? I'm a senior in high school, not an actual senior...they're the one's with all the sick discounts. I seriously sit there and wonder if there's anything better I can be doing because I'm not gaining anything from this. Give me something engaging! Jesus Christ Hamlet was more interesting. Maybe George Millace deserved to die. Because this book sucks and Dick Francis knows how terrible this book is so he took it out on his character. But he can get away with it becuase there are several thousand nursing homes in need of teething/reading fodder. If one of you old people live's long enough and is attentive enough to finish this book contact me and tell me how it goes. I'm kind of tired of this.
Reader42AS More than 1 year ago
Author is DICK FRANCIS not Katy Gardner. But it is a great book. one of his best.
dallas1 More than 1 year ago
i have not read this book yet but 4 starters i like it