Dick Francis's Refusal

Dick Francis's Refusal

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Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He'd been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing. or else.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2013, p2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781470382056
Characteristics: 1 sound file (9 hr., 45 min.) : digital
Alternative Title: Refusal

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JudithE
Mar 22, 2014

I really like Dick Francis and own many of his books and often re-read them. This book started out just OK and then I ended up not liking it at all. The formula Dick Francis used with his main characters had them changing and overcoming personal obstacles, often against dangerous enemies, it is true, but they seemed to be how the character could learn to overcome his personal demons. Here, there was much more violence, some appalling (the threat to rape, murder, and feed to pigs a 6 year old girl, for example), no character development I could see, a husband and father who took stupid risks with his family, a wife I didn't like who behaved inconsistently. And the continuing violence was both unpleasant and tedious. I ended up skipping to the next chapter frequently, just to get some idea of how it would end, given I'd invested so much time listening so far. (It wasn't worth it!) I won't read any other books by this author.

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