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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (5 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330248367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330248365
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,015 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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A regular winner (Sunday Express)

As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride. The same is true of his crime writing (Daily Mirror) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'Francis captures our attention and holds us spellbound ... All the breathless pace we have come to expect of this superb writer.' (The New York Times Book Review)

'[The] master of crime fiction and equine thrills.' (Newsday)

'[Francis] has the uncanny ability to turn out simply plotted yet charmingly addictive mysteries.' (The Wall Street Journal) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Semioticghost on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Aug 2009
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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 By Jo Bennie VINE VOICE on 16 Oct 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Kinsella on 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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By Sally Savage on 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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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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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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I have all books by Francis (both of them) and I have read them all 5 times. Equally good each time.
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