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Dick Francis's Bloodline [Large Print] [Paperback]

Felix Francis

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  • Paperback: 485 pages
  • Publisher: Large Print Press; Lrg edition (6 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594136505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594136504
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,238,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bloodline is the new Dick Francis novel from bestseller, Felix Francis. When Mark Shillingford commentates on a race in which his twin sister Clare, an accomplished and successful jockey, comes in third, he can't help but be suspicious. As a professional race-caller, he knows she should have won. Did she lose on purpose? Was the race fixed? Why on earth would she do something so out of character? That night, Mark confronts Clare with his suspicions, but she storms off after an explosive argument. It's the last time Mark sees her alive. Hours later, Clare jumps to her death from the balcony of a London hotel ...or so it seems. Devastated by her death, and almost overcome with guilt, Mark goes in search of answers. What led Clare to take her own life? Or was it not suicide at all...? Felix Francis is the younger son of thriller-writing legend, Dick Francis, with whom he co-wrote the four most recent Dick Francis Novels, Dead Heat, Silks, Even Money and Crossfire, with Felix taking an increasingly greater role in the writing. Sadly Dick died in February 2010 but his work will live on through Felix. (Large Print Edition)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More proof that son Felix is a first-rate heir to the Dick Francis franchise 6 Oct 2012
By Sharon Isch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Last time, in "Gamble," Felix Francis's first go-it-alone novel since his father's death, the second son of the the late Queen Mother's former jockey spread his wings a bit and ventured beyond horseracing to also include and encompass the worlds of dodgy accounting and internet gambling. Which I greatly enjoyed. And I hope he'll be doing more of that. But this time, it's all back to the world of horseracing.

"Bloodline's" hero, Mark Shillingford, is a TV race commentator who has just witnessed his twin sister, Clare, a jockey, lose a race on purpose. Within hours of his confronting her on this, she'll be found dead on the sidewalk under a London hotel balcony. Accident? Murder? Suicide? What was it? Later, while going through her things, Mark discovers that Clare had been being blackmailed. And, in short order, he'll find that she wasn't the only one. The plot thickens. And danger lurks.

I think Felix Francis is a terrific mystery writer. And I really liked this one. But I almost knocked this 5-star novel down to a 4-star rating because the ending caught me off guard and I didn't think Felix had given readers a fair shot at figuring out the "who" in this whodunit. But just to make sure, I paged through the book for another look and saw that the clues were there. Guess I'd just let him divert my attention elsewhere. Looking forward to what comes next.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps on taking me there 16 Oct 2012
By MarkSr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I might agree that Felix has not developed up to his full potential yet, but I think he has what it takes.. His books, like his Father's, do exactly what I buy them for, they transport me from my Inland Southern California home to the heather and downs of horse-country England.. Dick did an amazing job of character and place description, maybe taking a clue from female writers, spending copious amounts of time describing meals, clothes and rooms.. For a foreigner like me, I found that essential to "transporting" to the scene and feeling "right there" with the action. Gerard Logan, in "Shattered" has always been my favorite Francis character. His love of simple food like fried (or were they poached?)eggs, has stayed with me for years, and has permanently affected what I like to eat on a (rare) rainy day.
I see all these elements in Felix's books. Not as good yet, but from someone who has tried to "write a book" with about 4-5 false starts, I have great respect for anyone who can see it through to the end.. Like dancing, it takes a while to get into the swing of things.. but from my perspective, If you liked Dick Francis, and you can cut the boy some slack for being a different person, I see no reason why you wouldn't continue to enjoy this franchise.
24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The King is dead 7 Oct 2012
By BarbaraJean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Being a great Dick Francis fan and having read a number of books Felix co-authored with his father I pre-ordered this book. Oh dear. First I could not get past the amoral character of the main character and his twin sister. The action didn't flow. I was often left wondering just why and what the killer was doing. Mostly the problem seemed to be none of the people in this book were very likable and I really didn't care what happened to them. Don't think I will buy another book by this author. I may go to the library to read future books to see if Felix can write a better book as I liked his previous book "Gamble".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boo for Bloodline 6 Dec 2012
By Miss Triss - Published on Amazon.com
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I have given Felix Francis a chance. I read the ones he wrote with his inestimable father Dick Francis, and the one he wrote alone before Bloodline. They go from acceptable to not - and by the time we arrived at Bloodline, we have arrived at awful. I will not be reading his work again. He does not handle English well. His sentences are boring. His plot is thin. His understanding of human nature is totally missing. Sorry, but just don't bother. However, if you have not read any or all of Dick Francis's books, you are in for a rare treat. I recommend them all. Whip Hand is my favorite, but choose any one and you will be glad to have done so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carries on the Tradition 16 Oct 2012
By bobnaples - Published on Amazon.com
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No matter what others may criticize about this book I'll tell you one thing. From the very first page till the last I was standing there with the main character going through everything he was experiencing being transported from real life into the English racing community and totally immersed in a heck of a good story. Few writers no matter what their "style" can grab you like Dick Francis and now proudly his son Felix.
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