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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (1 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330450387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330450386
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,116 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 . . . as smooth, swift and lean as ever (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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dick Francis has written thirty-nine 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 greatest thriller writers in the world. He has received many awards, amongst them the prestigious Crime Writers Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the genre, and the Mystery Writers of America have given him three Edgar Allan Poe awards for the best novel of the year, and in 1996 mad him a Grand Master for a lifetime’s achievement. He was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000. Dick Francis divides his time between England and an island in the Caribbean.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 July 2009
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The 19th thriller from former Champion jockey (and Spitfire pilot) Dick Francis, first published in 1980.

Philip Nore is a not-very-succesful jockey, who might be beginning to nudge the end of his career. He is also a man without a family, having been 'parked' by his now-disappeared mother, from a young age, with ever-changing friends. But now his grandmother is making contact - though not for reasons Philip enjoys...
At the same time, he is caught up in horse-race cheating tricks; and a photographer has died, and various villains are after his photographic files, for reasons unclear.

Dick Francis is a brilliant writer, economical with words, very good on dialogue and characterization, very good on the background of the story - but the story is the main thing, dragging you along at a furious pace and keeping you guessing on various levels. While you are totally caught up in personalities and emotions. He also gives you some pretty nice philosophical musings on how to cope with life, with change, and with people; in an unobtrusive way that is very Francis, and very effective.

This might be classified as 'thriller' or even 'horse-racing fiction' but while both these are true, the books shine (and this one shines very well among them) by the writing style. Smart people, who don't need everything pre-chewed or explained in tedious detail, will enjoy them - a lot. And this is one of his top stories, I think!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By oldbillie on 15 May 2010
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Perhaps it's not up there with 'It is a truth universally acknowledged...' but as first lines go this is pretty good. Immediate, vivid, exciting, wry, and down-to-turf, it's Dick Francis in essence.

The appeal of his books -- especially to those of us who don't really like thrillers in general -- is his ability to keep it real. His novels may be filled with violence, blackmail, and murder, but what sets him apart is his convincing depiction of the day-to-day life of a jockey: the exhilaration, the pain, the humiliation, and the disappointment. His narrators are good, solid chaps: we would believe anything they told us. And Francis is so good at establishing his scenes -- racecourses, dressing-rooms, stables -- that we are ready to accept in its entirety all the skulduggery and evil lurking within.

Reflex is one of his best (not that they vary much.) It has a nice balance of racing and other activity (photography, in this case). There are plenty of decent villains, three story lines, and a saucy girl. Frankly, what more do you want?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mrs.valerie.mary.rayner on 24 Dec 2012
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Well written by some one who knows his subject . Most enjoyable a book I couldn't put down until the end
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By honey on 10 July 2014
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As usual Dick Francis know how to tell a tale and never loose the suspense or the pace ... Excellent!
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By Miss M.C.Reeves on 2 July 2014
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By Mrs.Simone Burrows on 4 April 2014
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Classic Dick Francis. Good horse bits and a very clever journey of discovery by the hero to find his roots. Reflex refers to photography skills that open a new Vista to the hero's life.
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By Lazaros K. on 27 Jan 2014
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As with most of Francis'books there is plot,there is action,there is suspense,there is racing,there is vindication ! And ,invariably,a very talented central character !
What more do you require for enjoyablw reading ?
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One of his best have read it many times. unusual story, good male characters, racing and photo expertise shows through adding to realism, typical Francis ending is satisfying
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