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Dead Heat

Dead Heat [Kindle Edition]

Dick Francis , Felix Francis
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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This fresh angle on the tried-and-tested formula will ensure another winner for the Francis dynasty. -- South Wales Argus

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'I wondered if I was dying. I wasn't afraid to die but, such was the pain in my gut, I wished it would happen soon.'

The night before the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket sees the great and the good of the horse-racing community gathered for a prestigious black-tie Gala dinner. It is a fitting testament to the glamour of the occasion that top chef Max Moreton is cooking the evening's meal.

Max is something of a celebrity in Newmarket circles. He is founder of the racing town's favourite Michelin-starred restaurant, the Hay Net. However, spending the night retching in the throes of agony is the last thing Max expects. But much worse is to come...his food is suspected of putting twenty-four of the dinner guests in hospital. Max's pride and professionalism tells him all is not as it seems.

Within hours, Max's restaurant is forcibly closed, his reputation teeters on the brink of ruin, and a court case looms. But the day is far from over, and soon Max Moreton finds himself desperately fighting for more than just his livelihood...

Dead Heat is the latest searing, intrigue-filled blockbuster from the Grand Master of thriller writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Sep 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9Y1E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We can still count on Dick Francis 21 Nov 2007
It's been a long while since I read a book by Dick Francis, having missed last year's UNDER ORDERS. For years I watched eagerly for his annual offering and many of them still hold a place on my shelves. I'm delighted that after the sad death of his wife Mary, a new collaboration with son Felix is producing such solid material.

In usual Francis fashion, the protagonist is a pleasant fellow with a connection to British horse racing; in this case, Max Moreton of Newmarket, a young Michelin-recognized chef. Moreton unknowingly caters a poisoned dinner on the eve of the prestigious 2,000 Guineas race, and on Guineas Day he is again catering when the site is blown up. Max's kitchen is closed and he's served with a notice of prosecution under the Food Safety Act.

To complete the tale of Max's woes, the brakes are cut on his car and his house is burned down. This is fairly standard for a Dick Francis protagonist, and Max withstands it all with the usual philosophical attitude. Max may be less edgy than some of Francis characters, and as a result less compelling.

DEAD HEAT varies in a few subtle ways from Formula Francis. For one thing, there's little of the racing world in evidence. No dawn rides in the misty Sussex training paddocks; no intrigue among the jockeys in their distinctive racing colors; no stables, spotless or otherwise, with the "lads" tending to the horses; no parade ring with the victorious horses steaming and tossing their heads while exultant owners brandish gaudy prize mugs. I never thought I loved Francis' books for the racing, but to my surprise, I missed it.

Another subtle difference in this book is that Max seems oddly devoid of friends and family. The story would have benefited from a few more characters to swell his progress.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many typing errors 31 July 2013
By RayB
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased Kindle Book Dead Heat by Dick Francis and Felix Francis.
The book downloaded OK. However, the book is full of typing errors. Wrong letters in word (eg VV instead of W), incorrect spelling of word so it loses context. The proof reading was extremely poor.
Often the incorrect word is a real word so spell check would miss it. Other times, error should be picked up by spell check. There must be at least 50 errors in book (about one every 3 pages) which made reading the book annoying.
The book needs to be proof read and corrected (up issued) before it is sold to anyone else.
The basic story is a reasonable standard of Dick Francis/Felix Francis so if the book had been produced correctly, I would have given 3 to 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Dick Francis read 27 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really adored the story of this book, in particular the descriptions of the food he cooks and tastes (this is probably because I'm a chef!).
The only thing that stopped it being the best novel I've read in years were the numerous spelling errors. Please could someone proof read this and reissue it, then I will enjoy re reading it in a couple of years!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 25 Sep 2007
I didnt think that he could write a better book than "to the Hilt" but he has surpassed himself with Dead Heat as it kept me spellbound for the entire storyline much to my partners disgust.

If you are a DF fan or even just a fan of intrigue \ mystery then this is a definate must as it is truly captivating right up until the final few pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected 7 Aug 2009
I picked up a couple of Dick Francis books because they were on special offer. One was For Kicks and the other Dead Heat. I read For Kicks first as it was older and found it really boring, the characters poor and the hero unengaging. So I had low expectations for Dead Heat but enjoyed it much more. There was less about horse racing so it was instantly more interesting and I found the plot much better. It still suffered from the 'tie the hero to a chair and explain the villain's motivation' moment that spoils the ending of so many thrillers but that aside it was a good read. Felix's contribution was obviously much needed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to His Very Best With This One 26 Oct 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
When Dick Francis stopped writing for personal reasons, which need not be mentioned here. It left a huge void, that was never really filled, although there are many authors with a horse racing background, writing books today. Most of them are very good, but none of them have the magic touch of Dick Francis. This is Dick Francis's latest novel. Before that he had written in excess of 35 novels. Many short stories, his autobiography and the biography of arguably the greatest jockey that ever lived, Lester Piggott.

After a spell out of the `saddle' as far as his writing career goes, Dick Francis returned with Under Orders, which many critics claimed was not as good as his previous novel. I have no hesitation in saying I was not one of them. Bad authors do not begin best seller authors overnight and Dick Francis had not lost his writing ability when he wrote Under Orders.

Some people claim that you have to have an interest in horse racing to enjoy the books of Dick Francis. I think that this is nonsense. I have not interest whatsoever in gambling or horse racing, although I do have a love of horses. I think that Dick Francis has written one of his best ever books with Dead Heat. How he comes up with all these different plots I will n ever know.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 3 months ago by Peter Schaad
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Heat
Another good read from Dick Francis. Good holiday reading matter as are all his books.Recommend you give them a try.
Published 4 months ago by JM
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
I bought the UK version to reread because I don't like British books being Americanised. If a book is set in America and written by an American, then that's the way it should stay,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Margery Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Dick Francis Novels
Always been a fan of his well researched and interesting novels as I have a background in point to point racing & find the descriptions of the racing world fascinating. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Corkscew
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
Brilliant book love the author perfect for my first e book on my new kindle fire would recommend Dick Francis to anyone
Published 7 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Always good
Dick fancis is one of my favourite authors. Once again I enjoyed a very pleasant bit of escapism whilest relaxing .
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Book - Dead Heat
It arrived promptly and it was just what I wanted. i have nearly all the books Dick Francis wrote and this one was one that I didn't have.
Published 9 months ago by Barbara Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
I'm used to lots of research going into the subject of any of Mr Francis' books, and always find it informative. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant author
Read quite a few books by Francis, never disappointed, always a good mystery trying to work out the ending. Great!
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. C. Hill
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