Dick Francis's Gamble

Dick Francis's Gamble

by Felix Francis

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Overview

One of the youngest winners of the Grand National, Nick “Foxy” Foxton suffered a near-fatal injury that cut short his career. Years later, he’s out for a day at the Grand National races when his colleague, Herb Kovack, is shot at point-blank range right in front of him. Like the police, Nick is baffled: Why would anyone kill such an apparently gentle soul?

Then Nick finds a threatening note in the dead man’s coat, and he begins to doubt how well he really knew his friend. And on discovering that Herb named him beneficiary in his will, Nick wonders why he’s been entrusted with the legacy. Is this a generous gift from a friend, or is it, in fact, a poisoned chalice?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399157479
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,227,399
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Felix Francis is the younger of Dick Francis’s two sons. Over the last forty years Felix assisted with the research of many of the Dick Francis novels, not least Twice Shy, Shattered, and Under Orders. Since 2006, Felix has taken a more significant role in the writing, first with Dead Heat and then increasingly with the bestsellers Silks, Even Money, and Crossfire, all father-son collaborations. He lives in England.

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“[Felix Francis] has one priceless advantage. He couldn’t have had a better teacher.”—The Washington Times

“A suspenseful read. Francis aficionados will hope that Felix chooses to carry on the family tradition on his own.”—Publishers Weekly on Crossfire

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Dick Francis's Gamble 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hadn't planned to purchase Felix Francis' Gamble; as a long time fan of Dick Francis (I've read all his books), I didn't think anyone - even his son - could recreate the magic to which I've looked forward for over 30 years. Then I picked up the book and read the first page. He grabbed me immediately, and I bought it. All the Francis elements are present: the racing, the seemingly random murders which our Everyman protagonist must solve, the related conspiracy where the reader is educated about a field unrelated to horse racing, that upper class villain, and a personal subplot to make the protagonist's life real and compelling. The prose races along; I dropped everything to devote myself to the last third of the book. Readers will love the horseback ride. I did predict accurately the real villain, but anyone who has read all or most of Francis' mysteries will as well. One minor complaint I have - the random allusions shoved into the story: Arnold Palmer, Tanya Harding, and Lee Harvey Oswald. They seem contrived and unnecessary. However, any Dick Francis fan will enjoy spending time with Nicholas (Foxy) Foxton and his family. Felix, your father would be proud. "Heads you win."
cage47 More than 1 year ago
Because Felix Francis worked with his father he picked up on his writing style and added a bit of his own personality. The writing is slightly less crisp but the characters are interesting and the story a good one. This was going to be my 'give him a chance book' and Felix Francis came out on top.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the familiar features of a Dick Francis novel are there to enjoy, but readers who have read more than one of the original Dick Francis mysteries will detect a slightly different tone, an undefined sense of "Something has changed" to the characters and story. I enjoyed the book and will re-read it, as I have re-read his father's books. I hope Felix will continue to write and develop his own style.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After breaking his neck when he was a jockey, Nicholas "Foxy" Foxton became a financial advisor at Lyall & Black, a small but profitable investment firm. Also employed by the company is Herb Novak. The pair attends the Grand National when someone shoots Novak while Foxton stands next to him. Foxton does not know what the killer looks because he looked at the gun when the murder occurred. Foxy is shocked to learn Novak named him estate executor and a beneficiary. He realizes Herb had a scam going on with internal gambling using his British credit cards to enable people in the United States to go on line to place bets. Pondering what he should do, Foxy decides he needs to identify the gamblers to end the betting scheme and locate the money Herb hid so he can pay off the estate's debts. A client informs Nicholas that an investment brought to the attention by one of the Lyall & Black advisors is bogus as the so called bulb factory in Bulgaria is nonexistent. Foxy investigates the legitimacy of the claim, but someone tries to kill him. Running for his life though unaware why Herb's assassin wants to kill him, Foxy's lover Claudia has been diagnosed with cancer. Talk about a chip off the old block, Felix Francis provides a winning thriller that his late father will be proud of. Filled with action and tense twists and red herrings, Nicholas holds the story line together as he is there for his lover and when danger stalks him, he goes to extraordinary lengths to keep his beloved Claudia safe as he does the unexpected.
koalamom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Felix Francis has shown himself to be a fine successor to his father's series of books on horse racing and intrigue.Nick Foxston seems to have a knack of being involved in someone's demise or near demise, including his own. The only question is why are these people being hurt. The more he searches the deeper his troubles get. Will he find out the truth in time?
4fish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nicholas "Foxy" Foxton, an ex-jockey and current independent financial adviser, is shocked when his colleague is gunned down beside him at the races. He gets another shock when he discovers that Herb has made him executor and chief beneficiary of his estate. Then he discovers that Herb has a whole lot of credit cards and has apparently been gambling online, losing millions of pounds. When Nicholas starts asking questions, he suddenly becomes the target of the same assassin who shot Herb. Following the best-selling formula created by his father Dick, Felix Francis creates a believable if not very original mystery set in the British horse-racing world. Like all Francis heroes, Nicholas has one foot in the horse-racing world and the other in another world, in this case personal finance. Nick likes his job and is always surprised when others find it boring, but in the book he spends more time investigating or getting chased than following the markets.
ellenr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast read. Typical likable character in difficult situation amid racing venue with sub-frame of financial world.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Francis formula lives on! A bright and competent man falls into a situation that is dangerous and unfamiliar to him and triumphs. Nicholas Foxton was standing next to a work colleague at the races when the colleague is murdered by an unknown assailant. Both men are Independent Financial Advisors for the same firm - Lyall and Black. Nicholas was a former race jockey who had to find a new career after he broke his neck in a riding accident and lost his jockey license at age 21. He still very much misses the excitement and thrills of his old career and believes that his new one is boring.But he is soon proved very wrong as he delves into his colleague's life and also into the affairs of his company. Foxton soon becomes the target of the same unknown killers who killed his friend. He has to struggle to find out what he knows that is so dangerous. His colleague was also the front man for an online gambling scheme and Nicholas has to straighten that out too. He was named Kovak's executer and is in charge of settling his estate. At first he thinks the murder attempts might be related to that scheme but it is just a "red herring."Nicholas also has to deal with personal issues in the story. His live-in girlfriend Claudia has become distant and isn't picking up phone calls. Nicholas has to wonder if she is seeing someone else and if their relationship is breaking up. He is torn because he doesn't want the relationship to end. When he finds out that she has ovarian cancer, he isn't relieved but at least he and Claudia are together. He is trying to protect her from the danger she faces because of the murder attempts and support her in her illness.What I like about Francis books is that the characters are always interesting and honorable. Nicholas Foxton is in over his head but he doesn't stop fighting for what is right until he triumphs (or, at least, survives.) The mystery was well-done. I didn't correctly identify the villain until Nicholas did. I couldn't put the book down. I was frantically turning pages until the wee hours because I couldn't rest until I knew how things were going to work out for Nicholas.Mystery lovers won't be disappointed in this suspenseful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved every Dick Francis book I have ever read. If you love a good mystery and horses, these books are like chocolate.
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TWD More than 1 year ago
Great to see the old master and young journeyman at work once again! The plot and characters are excellent and well developed. A MUST BUY for any Dick Francis fan!
HeatherLB More than 1 year ago
I, like others, read this as a kind of trial, wondering how Felix would measure up to his father and was not disappointed. Sure, there were some differences. Dick Francis's books never seemed to date themselves with the exception of the eventual advent of computer usage and cell phones etc. But rarely did he mention anything from popular culture or politics, leaving the books with a certain timeless quality. Gamble has about 3-4 mentions of current events, or events that were recent or current when this was written, therefore leaving the reader with less a timeless quality. And I think that the protagonist is more wordy and conversational than Dick Francis's tend to be. However, leaving those two things behind, I very much enjoyed the book and even stayed up late last night to finish it. While I may have started as a Dick Francis fan, Felix has won me over. I look forward to more.
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Not up to his father's standards yet, but interesting and creditable nonetheless. Its time for Felix to develop his own characters, though. I'm not quite damning with faint praise, but it really isn't a book I'll read twice.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Felix Francis is following in his father's footsteps and that is encouraging. The Dick Francis elements are in place. We have the reluctant everyman hero, the racing backdrop, and the tidbits of info about an unusual occupation. At times the protagonist seems too be a bit lucky in his escapes from death, but overall Felix is well on his way to keeping the family tradition alive.
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WGFL More than 1 year ago
Another winner by Dick Francis.
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