The Edge

The Edge

by Dick Francis
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The Edge 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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.
JudeTX More than 1 year ago
A good yarn. Pretty classic Dick Francis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another subject I never thought I'd be interested in, fashioned into a great read
Anonymous 11 months ago
Excellent read
Anonymous 12 months ago
A great story in a unique setting. An Orient Express for horses with all the intrigue and anticipation of foul deeds neatly foiled. A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Well written. Good characterization
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Francis' works are adventurous, charming, and entertaining. When you're looking for a light, easy mystery; his books are a sure bet to please. aj west
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This mystery is fun and engaging. I enjoyed the way the main character created an identity that let him be an observer and interact with the other characters.
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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