Even Money and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
Buy Used
£1.98
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by the book house
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Even Money Hardcover – 3 Sep 2009


See all 17 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£4.03 £0.01


Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; FIRST EDITION edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718154584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154585
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Book Description

On the first day of Royal Ascot, the crowd rejoices in a string of winning favourites. Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker - taking over the family business from his grandfather - so he knows not to expect any sympathy from the punters as they count their winnings, and he counts his losses. He's seen the ups and downs before - but, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if it's worth it any more. When a grey-haired man steps forward from the crowd claiming to be his father, Ned's life is thrown into far deeper turmoil. He'd been told since he was a baby that his parents had died in a car crash. Barely an hour later his newly found father is stabbed by an unknown assailant in the Ascot car park. Blood oozing from his abdomen, he warns Ned: 'Be very careful'. But of whom? Of what? Ned finds himself in a race to solve his father's riddles, a race where coming second could cost him more than even money, it could cost him his life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dick Francis has written forty-two novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), his autobiography (The Sport of Queens) and the biography of Lester Piggott. He is rightly acclaimed as one of the greatest thriller writers in the world.

Felix Francis is the younger of Dick's two sons. Over the last forty years Felix has assisted with the research of many of the Dick Francis novels, not least Twice Shy, Shattered and Under Orders. With the publication of Dead Heat, Felix took on a more significant role in the writing, which has continued brilliantly with the top ten bestseller Silks. Even Money is the third novel of this father-and-son collaboration.


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
"The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself." -- Ezekiel 18:20 (NKJV)

If you are a long-time fan of Dick Francis novels, you are looking for a story about steeplechases, jockeys, and danger for doing the right thing. Hold that thought . . . because it doesn't apply to this book. Yes, there are steeplechases in the background, a perhaps a mention of a jockey or two, and definitely some danger. But for the objective reader, this is a suspense novel that happens to take place part of the time near steeplechases. As a suspense novel, it's pretty good. If that's not what you're looking for, go back and re-read an early Dick Francis novel.

If you are still with me, this is a story about being a legal bookie in England who has a complicated family life. The story begins to take unexpected twists and turns when Ned Talbot, proprietor of TRUST TEDDY TALBOT bookmakers, meets a man who may be the father Ned thought had died decades earlier. Matters are quickly confused when the man is murdered in the parking lot of Royal Ascot. Ned doesn't trust the police and begins to look into the matter on his own, quickly finding that he's only a few steps ahead of dangerous enemies who will stop at nothing.

Ned already has a complicated life due to his wife being hospitalized for a recurring mental disorder. It becomes quite a balancing act to keep her life tranquil while he fends off threats and violence.

If that weren't enough of a problem, his business is facing a crisis that means he has to find a way to compete in new ways.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've enjoyed most of DF's books - but these later ones are just not as good. I just can't like the main character as much as earlier books and there is something lacking in the empathy that the earlier books had. It was OK - but not un-put-downable like some of the others.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Carl Westwood on 1 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I finished reading this book earlier this week and was disappointed. It's not up to the standard of previous Dick Francis books. It's well researched but lacks punch. Just when it seemed that it might get going it ended extremely tamely. I've read almost all of Dick Francis' work and this is a long way short of the general standard.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Hosking on 30 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I eagerly anticipated this book as with all Dick Francis books. I found the lead character a bit of a departure from the original formula, but that was all right. Maybe I was expecting a little too much. The book was not a "don't put it down till it's done" type compared with earlier books. It just seemed as if the authors were reaching for something that was eluding them. For all that, still worth the money.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian R. Martin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
Dick Francis is renowned as a thriller writer with plots based around horse racing. In this book, although the central character, Ned Talbot, is indeed an on-course bookie, much of the action has only a peripheral connection with racetracks. It starts when Ned is approached by a man at the Royal Ascot meeting who says he has just arrived from Australia and claims to be Ned's father. This is a shock, because Ned had been brought up by his grandparents, and had been told that his father and mother had died when he was young. Nevertheless, Ned, for rather superficial reasons, believes his story. Ned's acquaintance with his father doesn't last long, because as they walk to the car park a lone man attacks them, and in the ensuring fight the father is stabbed and later dies. The attacker steals nothing from Ned, but seemed to want some money from the father that he was owed.

The rest of the book is about how Ned finds out more about his father and grandparents and their very dark past. This leads to his interaction with two characters, both of whom want items, money and equipment, that Ned's father had brought with him from Australia. One is the murderer of Ned's father and will not hesitate to kill again. The other claims to be working for the Australian horse racing authorities, but Ned is unsure whether this is true. For various reasons he does not tell the police about these approaches and this greatly complicates matters. All this is played out against a background of Ned trying to protect his wife, who is in hospital with bipolar disorder, and an attempt by a large off-course betting company to take over his business. Eventually, of course, he comes out on top on all fronts, and his wife recovers and returns home.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rory on 17 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love Dick Francis and have read all his books many times.

I also used to work in a betting shop, so this book was really intesting for me. It's also very current as bookmaking is going digital and we are losing the tic tac men - which is a shame.

The only thing about this book that didn't make it perfect was the ending. It was a bit quick and sudden.

But I would still recommend it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E D Floyd on 2 Jan. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Sid Halley a stubborn difficult intelligent lonely character well drawn with a cast of interesting people, the plot unfolds told from a different angle, the racing background displays expert knowledge and carries weight accordingly. A great absorbimg tale
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback