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The Danger [Paperback]

Dick Francis
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22 Mar 1985
Andrew Douglas works for a company specializing in returning kidnap victims to their families. Italy's foremost woman jockey is kidnapped, then a racehorse owner's son and finally the Senior Steward of the Jockey Club. Douglas is brought in to deal with these cases.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (22 Mar 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449206726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449206720
  • ASIN: 033028505X
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,906,202 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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About the Author

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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly different! 15 July 2004
Format:Paperback
Since I started travelling for my job I've been reading Francis in English. The Danger is unlike any others I've read so far. Usually the main character is confronted with some crime and starts an investigation. Not this time, he is just doing his job. And also the lovestory is totally different now. If you like Francis, you'll love this one!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well up to the usual standard 11 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
As well as having a typically exciting and suspenseful plot, this is possibly the most emotionally engaging Francis novel I have ever read. The scenes involving a toddler who has been emotionally damaged by a frightening kidnap experience are particularly moving... if you have a child of your own, make sure you have tissues to hand! But this is a well plotted and original thriller, and I will definitely be reading it again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The book: Andrew Douglas is a partner in Liberty Market Ltd, who advise people how not to get kidnapped; or if they do (get), Liberty partners negotiate with the kidnappers. As the book starts Andrew is working in Bologna, where a top jockey has been with her kidnappers for over five weeks. The first ransom payment fails, when the police gets carried away (I am not spoiling much - this is all in the first three pages!); the rest - well, read it yourself! It is difficult to summarize the rest without spoiling the plot, so I won't.

The author: Dick Francis was a Welsh jockey and writer of more than 40 thrillers. The Danger (1983) was his twenty-second thriller.

My opinion: one of the very best of Francis' middle period. In this period he writes about specialists in often somewat obscure or niche professions; in this case, the specialism (kidnap retrieval) intersects with horse racing. The book starts explosively and the tension rarely lets up - or if it does, there is something else to occupy our interest. It is a real scorcher with good characterization, pace, heartstrings being pulled; it is a book written by a craftsman at the top of his powers, spare and honed. But Francis is also an artist in that he breathes emotion and real life into the story, taking his audience 9pardon the pun) along for the ride - and leaving you with memorable scenes. One of his best - which is saying something!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read 26 April 2012
By Bobby
Format:Paperback
It is some time since I have read a Dick Francis novel, and reading this reminded me why he is so popular. There is something immediately accessible about Francis. His style is straightforward, clear, and user friendly, but most of all he has a way of making you want to read on. Immediately you are thrown into the story and you just have to know how it pans out. This book is about kidnapping and it is a real page turner, a simple enough tale, but I couldn't put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fast and pact 14 Dec 2013
By tms
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Despite being nearly 30 years old, this story captures and grabs the reader from the start, interesting and thought provoking
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
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Excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Jun 2014
By louisa
Format:Paperback
Very good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Danger 31 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The sequence of three kidnappings repeated involving mainly the same people seems to be a highly unlikely scenario. Nevertheless the writing was extremely good and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ....is never getting anything done!
Dick Francis wrote in a bygone age, but his books continue to captivate and provide escapism from housework. Causes lots of arguments in this house!
Published 2 months ago by PH
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Another great book from Dick Francis. I really enjoy the books he wrote in his own right, do not enjoy the ones with Felix as much.
Published 2 months ago by kate ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks brilliant
First class condition. Obviously brand new. Can't wait to read it. Possibly it will go ahead of the other Dick Francis' books I have just purchased.
Published 3 months ago by Elaine R. Pope
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
I bought this on a whim as I read some of his novels years ago and had some happy memories of them. I started to read this one and initially was unimpressed, but the story line... Read more
Published 5 months ago by grampa joe
5.0 out of 5 stars well done
Well written and researched. I enjoyed this book and comes up to the standard that has been set by a master.
Published 5 months ago by NIGEL JOHN SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I have now read this a few times. I downloaded it for my mother's Kindle and then reread it myself.
Published 6 months ago by panek
4.0 out of 5 stars Not finished it yet, but so far so good.
You can't go wrong with Dick Francis! Good plot so far, very different to any of his others. Go for it
Published 9 months ago by Sam Gosling
5.0 out of 5 stars Kidnapping!
It is a great story, pacy, exciting, realistic, attractive characters, good plot and well researched. One of the best Dick Francis.
Published 9 months ago by Nigel Gaspar
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