Gamble

Gamble

A Dick Francis Novel

Book - 2011
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As one of the youngest ever winners of the Grand National, Nick 'Foxy' Foxton's career as a world class jockey is on perfect track until a near fatal accident cuts his dream brutally short. But when he returns to Aintree as a spectator years later, nothing can prepare him for what unfolds.

Minutes before the biggest event on the racing calendar, Nick's affable American colleague Herb Kovak is shot at point blank range, the gunman disappearing amongst the stunned crowd. Along with the police, Nick is left baffled as to why anyone would want to kill such an apparently gentle soul.

With the press speculating links to gangland crime and a crumpled note containing a threatening message found in the dead man's coat, Nick begins to doubt how well he really knew Herb. And on discovering Herb had named him as the benefactor of his will, Nick questions why he has been entrusted with the legacy. Is this a generous gift from a friend or is it, in fact, a poisoned chalice?

Publisher: London : Michael Joseph, 2011
ISBN: 9780718156657
071815665X
Branch Call Number: M FRA
Characteristics: 418 p. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Francis, Dick

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Doris527
Oct 15, 2015

A comfortable, easy read. Felix is not yet as good as his Dad, Dick Francis, but almost there.
A good book for a rainy afternoon or a snowy weekend.

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Matthew412
Nov 20, 2012

First Francis novel I have ever read as I had heard good things about him. Was not planning to read any more until I saw that this book was written by the son (Francis) and not the father (Dick). So I'll give Francis (Dick this time) another try.

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ghmck
Jan 09, 2012

Felix takes over his father's franchise. Good story, but not as polished as Dick's

Cdnbookworm Dec 21, 2011

Following in the footsteps of his father, Dick Francis, this is Felix Francis' first solo Dick Francis novel. He assisted his father on many of his recent books, and this novel feels and reads in the same style. Here we have Nick 'Foxy' Foxton ex-jockey, sidelined due to an injury, who is now an independent financial advisor. Because of his past, he has a lot of clients in the horse-racing world, and goes often to races. As the book begins, Nick is at the Grand National with a work colleague and possible new friend, when his friend is shot to death beside him. Herb was a nice young man, an American, who seemingly got on well with everyone, so Nick is unable to understand what has happened. He wonders if the wrong person was targeted. When Nick discovers a threatening note in Herb's coat pocket, he struggles to figure out what Herb was up to. Nick's concern grows when he finds that Herb has made him his executor and beneficiary.
Nick is also approached by a member of the gentry involved in the horse-racing world, who has concerns about a particular investment one of Nick's bosses has involved him in. Nick promises to check into it quietly. Nick is also worried about his girlfriend Claudia and what he perceives as a growing distance between them.
Nick has thought of his life as boring since leaving his life as a jockey, but now he is getting more excitement than he wants, and he trusts very few as he digs deeper into the mystery.

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jsfinch
Aug 15, 2011

Loved it. It was just like Dick's books. An excellent mystery!

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