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Felix Francis
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Book Description

July 2014
Sir Richard Stewart, the racing authority chairman, wants Sid Halley to investigate suspicious race results. But Halley gave up investigating eight years ago, swearing he'd never go back. But then Sir Richard is found dead and Halley receives a threatening call from a man insisting he investigates the alleged race-fixing. Halley refuses, but when his young daughter goes missing he realizes he may pay the ultimate price. With his family in mortal danger, Halley acts. Maybe he underestimated the evilness of his foe, but has his foe underestimated Sid Halley's determination? Extreme situations demand extreme solutions and Halley is desperate to get his daughter back, or die trying...
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books (July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425268543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425268544
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 10.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The master of suspense and intrigue (Country Life) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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. Refusal is Felix's third solo Dick Francis novel; it follows Bloodline and Gamble. Felix trained as a physicist and spent seventeen years teaching A-level physics before taking on the role as manager to his father, and then as author. He lives in Oxfordshire. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Corrupt Tale Of The Horse Racing Industry. 17 Sep 2013
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Sid Halley is an ex-champion National Hunt jockey who retired with a crippling injury that left him with a hand and wrist mechanical prosthesis that he loathes. It is six years since he gave up being a private investigator. Sir Richard Stewart, a racing afficienado, has video-incriminating evidence of horse race rigging that he presents to Sid. Stewart dies shortly afterwards in mysterious circumstances.

This leads to Sid Halley taking up the reigns of massive racing corruption with race fixing, bribery, blackmail and fraud at the highest level. He is respected amongst the racing fraternity and still has connections with jockeys, trainers and the police. With his ex-father-in-law Admiral Charles Roland and his loyal mate Chico, Sid delves into a dangerous world. 'Mr Big' from Belfast has the racing world in his hands. A ruthless gangster stripped of morals, he has the muscle to manipulate the outcome of races. Stand in his way and more than your fingers are burnt. Sid's family are at serious risk as he uncovers more details of the conspiracy. His do or die approach keeps the narrative biting. He will not give in to the demands that threaten him and his family although he takes all precautions to protect them.

Felix Francis writes with an insight into the racing world, not surprising given his family history. He conveys the seedier side of racing where vulnerable peoples' lives and families are threatened for the sake of greed and money. The 'Mr Big' of the story is named early in the novel. His background comes later as do the confessions of the racing world. There are twists galore. The final chapters are exhilarating as the mess spreads to a crescendo that leaves the reader turning the pages galore. Sid Halley literally has a hand to play with in this adventure. Another excellent Felix Francis Novel and a grand read nor too short of reality given recent revelations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good 'Dick Francis' 30 Sep 2013
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I've loved Dick Francis ever since he started writing, and Felix Francis has taken on 'the Dick Francis' mantle with very much the same style and approach. In fact, after re-reading a few earlier Dick Francis books, Felix Francis may even be better. It's a straight-forward thriller-mystery, with good characters and clear writing. It's engaging, relaxing - not demanding, and you probably wouldn't choose it as a book club selection - but when you get to the end, you'll be sorry it's over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic Francis Novel 11 Oct 2013
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Felix has really warmed to his task of taking on the mantel of his father.To do a sequel the the Halley novels could have been a risk but he managed it so well. Keep them coming!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 10 Oct 2013
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Excellent read, I would recommend it to anyone. Just as good as Dick Francis, keep up the good work.
Really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super thriller 5 Oct 2013
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Felix Francis carries on where his dad left off fast paced cracking thriller a real page turner a top class read
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5.0 out of 5 stars just as good 5 Oct 2013
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Wasn't sure if this book would be as good as Dick Francs's original series but it was! Well worth reading and a real treat to get back into the racing genre.
Can't wait to read the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 Oct 2013
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In some ways even better than the original Dick Francis novels. Had great difficulty putting it down to do other things.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Felix is winning 4 Oct 2013
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A new Sid Halley story this time from Felix Francis not Dick. (Dick Francis died about three years ago.)

Although Felix is following in his father's footsteps in terms of the type of book, the plots, the racing connection, his latest books are stand alone and now need to be seen and selling on their own merits.

Refusal is a fast paced thriller which has Sid now married and with a six year old daughter, and so dependents and family to worry about. Chico makes a welcome return: last seen in Odds Against and Whip Hand. In this book both Sid and the Admiral have actually aged!

Buy it and read for yourself!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sid Halley's back!
Not just back, but bullish and believable in this great story. I've loved it, and enjoyed every minute reading it.
Published 6 days ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described
Published 10 days ago by 123 nickio
4.0 out of 5 stars refusal
Would have given it 5 if the information about removing his child had been accurate but it wasn't A Social Worker would have ensured that the child was placed with an appropriate... Read more
Published 17 days ago by carol glasper
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
Excellent read, would highly recommend it. Looking forward to his next novel which I hope will be soon.
John Weller
Published 19 days ago by J G Weller
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as his father
Here is a another great read from Felix Francis - following on from his father you can't put it down
Published 27 days ago by Ladysmash
4.0 out of 5 stars like father, like son!
Felix Francis has somehow managed to achieve the impossible. It feels as though it is still his father writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present.
Every year i buy Dick Francis / Felix Francis book for my mum at Xmas, she is a huge fan. The last 2 years i been buying the books from Amazon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rhian jones
5.0 out of 5 stars fantasic sid halley
The best sid halley book . Congrats to Felix. Definitely got the Francis flair . The twists & turns even bringing back chico. Nice touch. Ending was fab. Read more
Published 2 months ago by amber
5.0 out of 5 stars Felix Francis, First Past the Post
I would recommend this book to all "Who done it" enthusiasts. Felix Francis has once again stepped up and written a great story starring an old favourite Sid Halley. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Suzanne Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars a thundering good read
he has his father talent the book races along taking you into the story only pick it up when you have time to spare because you won't be able to put it down
Published 2 months ago by elisabeth lester
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