(one in a series of Dick Francis reviews in which I try and separate all those rather similar titles, and in which I try not to give away plotlines)
Driving Force, first published 1992
The plot: Freddie Croft used to be a jockey; now he runs a successful horse transport business. When one of his transporters picks up a hitch-hiker who dies on board, it seems rather shocking as well as a bit tiresome, but not portentous. Then murder ensues... with vital clues hidden in mysterious rhyming slang!
My opinion: a slow starter, and pretty slow in some later stages, too; with a large cast of characters and a convoluted plot with what seems (at times) a bit too much detail. However, this *is* a Dick Francis, and therefore a cracking read, slow or not. Very light on the romantic side, which is a pity, because that usually speeds the story along with this writer; and a it heavy on the philosophical side, at times. Never mind, it's Dick Francis: always a good read.