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Come To Grief (Francis Thriller) by [Francis, Dick]
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Francis is firmly in the saddle and leaving the opposition standing (Sunday Telegraph)

Francis writing at his best (Evening Standard)

As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride. The same is true of his crime writing (Daily Mirror)

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'This is Francis writing at his very best' Evening Standard Sid Halley, the ex-champion jockey turned investigator who appears in Odds Against and Whip Hand, is back. In Come to Grief he faces new dangers, new deeply demanding decisions. Sid has uncovered an obnoxious crime committed by a friend whom he - and everyone else - has held in deep affection. On the morning set for the opening of the friend's trial, at which sid is due to be called as a witness, other people's miseries explode and send him spinning into days of hard rational detection and heart-searching torment. Troubled, courageous and unwilling to admit defeat, for Sid Halley it is business as usual.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1112 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZS3CNS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Henk Beentje TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 July 2010
Format: Paperback
(one in a series of Dick Francis reviews in which I try and separate all those rather similar titles, and in which I try not to give away plot lines)

The book: Sid Halley, ex-jockey and investigator (known to true Francis aficionados from Odds Against and Whip Hand), is in the public's bad books - he has accused a very popular friend of a nasty crime. And it is tough trying to prove the friend is guilty - when no-one wants to talk to you any more. His jockey powers of being able to take pain come in handy when he is attacked...

The writer: Dick Francis was Champion Jockey in 1953-1954, gave up professional riding in 1962 or 1963, and took up writing; he wrote a novel a year for almost 40 years! He has been accused of writing about the rich and aristocracy - absolute rubbish, as this book (among others) shows: the hero was born on a Liverpool council estate and survives by his wits.

My opinion: Francis has not just a beautiful, captivating writing style; his books also have thrills aplenty, and they have *heart* besides. Among all the action and tension he (briefly) discusses important feelings in a rather nice way - good stuff. Bravery, bearing spite, loss, betrayal, cancer... this book pulls you right in. A very satisfying read.
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I love Dick Francis books but this one was not for me. I can't read about animals being maimed with enjoyment, a pity as the story was starting to get interesting but the description of the horse attacks just sickened me and I couldn't keep listening.
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By A Customer on 16 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
I'd never read any Dick Francis novels before, so I thought I'd read this just to see what they are like. It is set in the racing world, as one would expect, and tells of the investigations of Sid Halley, a former jockey turned investigator.
The story is original, and to my knowledge has not been done before, and this made the book refreshing and interesting to read. It is more violent than I was expecting but this does not detract from the quality of the story.
One soon gets gripped by the story and becomes keen to follow it through to the end. - Surely the sign of a good book. While I think the character development was at times questionable, and the ending weaker than it should have been, this is a solid thriller, better than a lot out there.
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By A Customer on 2 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
This was a really solid entry in Dick Francis' canon. All the ingredients we expect were here, from interesting characters to a plot with enough twists, shocks and bumps to keep the pace to the end. Highly recommended....
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Once again, Dick Francis has come up with another insight to the world of horse racing which is, as usual, only a small part of the overall plot.

I always enjoy the many books by this author and treat them as a light, relaxing read. This might not be the best but it is well up with the majority. I have yet to come across one of his books that I did not like.

I just love my Amazon Kindle and I have found that I read much more now that I have it as it is so easy and ofter extremely cheap to purchase books directr from the Kindle Store.
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All Duck Francis novels are masterpieces and this one is right up there with the best. Well written, easy to read and difficult to put down. I have now read it twice and enjoyed it equally the second time.
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You get what you expect with this book from one of our favourite authors a good strong story set in the world of horse racing I marvel at the different story lines he was able to come with for each book.
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Dick Francis always writes books that you cannot put down I have read them all probably at least 10 times over the year and are like comfort blankets always a good read and if you are not enjoying reading will always get your interest back
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