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Wild Horses (Dick Francis Library)

Wild Horses (Dick Francis Library) [Kindle Edition]

Dick Francis
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Valentine, a blind, confused and dying old man, seeking his peace with God, makes his last confession to a visiting friend, Thoms Lyon, mistaking him for a priest. Thomas, in Newmarket to research for a new film, is placed in a moral dilemma. Wild horses wouldn't drag from a priest the secrets of the confessional - but then Thomas is not a priest. Should he tell what he knows from the confession, or not? He discovers that the solution to his quandary could mean the difference between life and death. WILD HORSES is a masterly mix of convincing characters, fine writing and an inscrutable and ingenious plot.

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Movie director Thomas Lyon came to Newmarket to rake the ashes of an old Jockey Club scandal for a new Hollywood film. Too late, he found himself listening to a blacksmith's dying confession. Found himself watching as the past came violently back to life. Capturing the shockwaves over one woman's macabre death nearly thirty years before is drama. But a frenzied knife attack on the set of Unstable Times is definitely attempted murder. Who stood to gain from the threats? Between truth and shadowy fiction, Thomas Lyon already knew too much. Following the real story could mean the difference between life and death. His own . . . 'Still the best bet for a winning read' Mail on Sunday 'A marvellous storyteller and an immaculate craftsman' Daily Mail

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 426 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Sep 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9JT6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Lyon Is Mistaken For A Priest 16 Nov 2004
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While visiting a dying racing columnist named Valentine Clark, Tom Lyon is mistaken for a priest by the confused old man and forced to hear his confession. Since the names mentioned by Valentine are totally unfamiliar to Tom, he disregards the confession as merely the product of Valentine's delirium.
Tom is directing a movie nearby which is inspired by a famous unsolved murder case from the past. Sonya Wells, the wife of trainer Jackson Wells, had died mysteriously of asphyxiation. Sonia was the sister-in-law of Rupert Visborough, a prominent member of the Jockey Club. The careers of both Wells and Visborough were ruined by the suspicion of murder. Valentine had known these two men as well as Sonia and several of her friends.
As the filming progresses numerous attempts are made to stop Tom from completing the project and perhaps solving the mystery of the killing. One of the actors is slashed while riding on the heath by an unknown horseman.Valentine's sister Dorothea is attacked and her house is ransacked. Tom is stabbed in a crowd. By the time Valentine's nephew is killed, it is very clear that the murderer is after Valentine's books and notes which are now in Tom's possession. In order to catch the killer, Tom does some research on exotic knives and then takes the necessary risks to lure him out of hiding.
I consider WILD HORSES to be one of the better crime novels written by Dick Francis. The book also contains some interesting glimpses into British filmmaking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Horses 24 Nov 2009
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As always, Dick Francis tells a great story. I'm afraid I much prefer the books written by Dick Francis with the help of his wife than the latest ones which have been written with his son.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars legend 12 Jun 2014
By ginger
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i always like Dick francis books whether they are in conjunction with his wife or son. The unorthodox style of writing which gives a punchy action filled feel make them an enjoyable read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars complicated but good 18 May 2014
By joyce
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Interesting subject. Dick always learns a new subject for a novel. This time he was a film director.I got confused with the characters. As usual there was murder and violence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've missed this 13 May 2014
By ellis
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I love Dick Francis, I used to look forward to the new release at the end of each year. I thought I had read them all, but did not remember this one. There may be flaws, but the writing sweeps you along and the racing/film-making background is fascinating. A good old-style thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivered at pace 26 April 2014
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I really liked this book because ,as usual, the characters build slowly whilst the plot gallops along. Cannot wait for the next one.
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