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Lifeline [Kindle Edition]

John Francome
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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There's one race jockey Tony Byrne can't afford to lose...

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Unlike some jockeys, Tony Byrne has never taken a bung and never ridden a dishonest race. All the same, his career is heading for the rocks, dragged down by weight problems and woman trouble - and too many slow horses. In comparison, Freddy Montague has never been fussy about sticking to the rules, either on the racetrack or in bed with another man's wife. And if there's money on offer to fix races, Freddy's guaranteed to be first on the gravy train. Unfortunately for both men, the guarantees run out once Freddy's train comes off the rails. That's when the gravy turns to blood...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (4 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M18NCA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ex-National Hunt Champion Jockey John Francome is a broadcaster on racing for Channel 4. His electrifying racing thrillers have also won him legions of fans. He lives in Berkshire. John Francome's previous novels include Deadly Finish, Final Breath, Dark Horse, Free Fall and Stalking Horse.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is Racing Really Like This? 6 Aug 2002
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As an occassional visitor to the racecourse, it had occurred to me that the scope for corruption in racing did exist. This novel did nothing to rid me of this notion. Of course one must separate fact from fiction, but Francome's novel is entirely convincing. The style is quick and absorbing, with many twists and turns both on and off the racecourse. The whodunnit element is obvious when revealed at the end - but it leaves the reader annoyed that he/she did not spot it earlier. Thoroughly enjoyable, this novel stopped me doing anything else for a full day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wow. All Francome fans should read this. New format (larger size cover) but needs a more up-to-date photo to remind all fillies (and old grey mares) of his delectable good looks.
This latest offering of John Francome's is so different from all his others that it could have been written by a different person. The credits mention someone called Mike Bailey and it is hard to judge whether he was directly responsible for the change in writing style but whatever contributions he made the effects have been positive. If being footloose and fancyfree again (ie Ms Bailey) means producing work of this calibre then the author should seriously consider joining a monastery. What a transformation.
Subtle examples of the author's dry wit are occasionally found throughout particularly in the first few chapters some of which are very funny indeed. The first third is slow going and reminded me of a field of two-milers settling down and jockeying for position but as the story unfolded and the characters found their places it started to show signs of being a pretty good read. What I can't understand is the author's obsession with the surname James in two consecutive novels.
Like Tip Off, I felt at home again (funny this) because the character Paul share's my eldest's name. Incredibly, Hong Kong and Melbourne are dear to my heart too (although no bearing to this review) as I was due to emigrate to the former and meet up with my youngest son who currently lives and works in the latter, so there goes the storyline for my next book!
The text and style reveals more about the author than any previous publication. Veiled criticisms and barbed comments directed at females give the book a gutsy and emotional feel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Dick Francis! 2 Sep 2001
I have been a lifelong fan of Dick Francis but of late have found his books boring and samey. Lifeline by John Francome is how Dick Francis used to be. Fast and furious intrigue and murder. Great. Couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good read 17 Jun 2013
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Has all the desired attributes of a horse racing novel. Gripping and a real page turner. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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