Refusal

Refusal

A Dick Francis Novel

Book - 2013
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Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the British Horseracing Authority, wants Sid Halley to look into some suspicious race results, but Sid gave up the investigating business six years ago, and he thought nothing could make him go back.

He thought wrong.

The following day, Sir Richard is found dead and Sid receives a threatening call from a man with an Irish accent. The man insists that Sid Halley should investigate the alleged race fixing, and it is only when Sid's six-year-old daughter goes missing that Sid realizes that he may pay the ultimate price for his refusal. With his life in tatters and his family in mortal danger, Sid is forced to act.

Maybe he has underestimated his foe, but has his foe underestimated the guile and determination of Sid Halley? Extreme situations demand extreme solutions and Sid is desperate to get his life back - or die trying . . .

Praise for Dick Francis and Felix Francis

'From winning post to top of the bestseller list, time after time.' Sunday Times

'The Francis flair is clear for all to see.' Daily Mail

www.dickfrancis.com

Publisher: London : Michael Joseph, c2013
ISBN: 9780718159368
Branch Call Number: M FRA
Characteristics: 419 p. ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Francis, Dick

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nannip
Sep 16, 2015

A good read but not as good as his dad.

Felix Frances is not the writer his father was. As Judith E. writes [below]
the characters are not as appealing and are less heroic than in previous Dick Frances novels. Still, for those of us who are fascinated by the racing world and all the ways the betting public can be hoaxed, this is an interesting peek behind the curtains. Hope Felix improves in his next attempt.

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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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123Shannon
Nov 29, 2013

book is easy read, lots on the horse race world. enjoyable!!!

rowanquincy Nov 25, 2013

disappointing. not the quality of his dad.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Oct 28, 2013

Felix is carrying on his father's fine tradition of race related mysteries. This book involves the return of Sid Halley. He has left the private investigation (and horse racing) world far behind but is dragged back in by the death of the racing chairman. He and his family and friend are put at risk. If you liked Dick Francis, I'm "betting" you'll like how his son has carried on his legacy!

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