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High Stakes [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Dick Francis
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5 Jun 2009
A newly reissued edition of this classic novel from the Champion Storyteller

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  • Paperback: 9999 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 17 edition (5 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330248367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330248365
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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With a glass of champagne in one hand and binoculars in the other, the world of racing could seem a very cosy and civilized hobby. Especially when your horse has just sprinted past the winning post. But the pleasure of a day at Sandown is spoiled for Steven Scott when he sacks the trainer of his horses, a man he once thought of as a friend. For although on the surface Jody Leeds is a bright young workaholic, Scott suspects he's a crook. Racing may have its rewards but, as Scott finds out to his own cost, not all of them are innocent... or legal.

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With a glass of champagne in one hand and binoculars in the other, the world of racing could seem a very cosy and civilized hobby. Especially when your horse has just sprinted past the winning post. But the pleasure of a day at Sandown is spoiled for Steven Scott when he sacks the trainer of his horses, a man he once thought of as a friend. For although on the surface Jody Leeds is a bright young workaholic, Scott suspects he's a crook. Racing may have its rewards but, as Scott finds out to his own cost, not all of them are innocent... or legal. 'An unfailing supply of well-managed twists' Sunday Times

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "High Stakes" stands out 9 Oct 2005
Format:Paperback
A fine thriller, craftsmanly done, with Francis's usual amount of twists and a wealth of brief but strong characterisations. I realise this can be said about nearly all of his novels, but "High Stakes" stands out through the central character's unusual background -he's a toy-designer- and his astute perceptions of the racing world through the eyes of someone who's not part of it. Horses actually come under 'also ran...' on this occasion, in a novel focussed on human interaction, emotion and intrigue more than anything else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - one of Francis' best! 30 Aug 2009
By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Plot synopsis: Horse owner Stephen Scott (grown rich though designing toys) ditches his trainer, for fixing races in cahoots with his bookie. The papers and the public turn against him for firing such a nice man. The underdog Scott develops some strange friendships, and there is a lovely romance, too.

Expertly written and with vivid real-life characters, this must be one of Dick Francis' best, ranking up there with the Sid Halley stories. And believe me, thrillers don't get better than that! Francis writes very well, the dialogue is believable, the characters are three-dimensional and believable. These books are as taut as they come, with nary a spare word, and very well-done drawn-out tension scenes. There are some good bits, too, about interaction with horses; th different types of trainers; and the class hierarchy, including the short-cuts in between.
These books are perfect fodder for when you're ill or sorry for yourself: the philosophy is take what comes, and deal with it. There is nothing to beat a good Francis, and this is as good as they come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully well crafted 16 Oct 2010
By Jo Bennie VINE VOICE
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Trainer Jody Leeds, father Quintin Leeds, Jockey Club member, is fleecing owner Steven Scott, when his horse Energise wins unexpectedly Steven is sure of his trainer's guilt and complicity with Ganser Mays, bookmaker in ringing (subsitituting identical horses, 'dead ringers', for the horses supposed to be running). Steven has made a fortune making beautiful toys. Friend is Charlie Canterfield, merchant banker. Steven has workshop in house and assistant come butler is Owen Idris. Love interest beautiful intelligent American Alexandra Ward (Allie). Steven realises Engerise has been swopped and decides to get him back, gets badly beaten but gets Energise back with a ringer scam of his own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dick Francis is a LEGEND 22 Sep 2010
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Again Dick Francis comes up with new and interesting characters. How he comes up with the background and depth to his characters never ceases to amaze me. This book is about a race horse owner who is a toy maker by trade. He owns a number of race horses and finds out his trainer has been defrauding him. He seeks retribution but this never works out as clean as he imagines. As always with Dick Francis the characters have depth and character traits that we can relate to. In addition most of his characters have courage and strength that most of us would aspire to!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 29 Jun 2014
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very enjoyable will enjoy reading again as I have done with all his books now for the next one quick
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Dick Francis's best 20 Mar 2014
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Really enjoyed this book - another rattling good yarn. I've read it several times and enjoyed it every time.

My only complaint (with regard to the Kindle edition) is the typographical errors. I don't know how these books are transformed from paper to digital, but the result is some very odd words at intervals throughout the book. If it hadn't been such a good story, it would have put me off reading it. This fault applies to all the Dick Francis books in Kindle format - I am working my way through them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One. Of the best 12 Feb 2014
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Had to buy a new copy as I had lost the original one. Really good story, with a few clever twists and turns.
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