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Dead Cert: Complete & Unabridged Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Dec 1989

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Dec. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745168280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745168289
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,880,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Fresh and exciting... very lively' Sunday Times 'As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride. The same is true, nowadays, of his crime writing' Daily Mirror --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dick Francis wrote more than forty international bestsellers and was widely acclaimed as one of the world’s finest thriller writers. His awards included the Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the genre, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tufts University of Boston. In 1996 Dick Francis was made a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master for a lifetime’s achievement and in 2000 he was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Sadly he died in 2010. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I have just read this book back-to-back with another Dick Francis written more than 30 years later, and I can honestly say that with one minor exception, this one seemed as fresh as the more recent book. (The one exception being the hero's courtship of his girlfriend, which seems strangely formal by modern standards.)
The central story, the mystery of who killed a leading jockey and why, is compelling and I didn't guess the villain until he was confronted. Along the way, the hero tangles with a protection racket and escapes a gang of murderous pursuers in a dramatic way, taking advantage of the fact that he's riding a top steeplechaser - but perhaps his greatest challenge is a weekend in an upper-class household...
Try reading this alongside one of his more recent works and see what YOU think...
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Afraid it didn't have me perching on the edge of my seat. It's a somewhat old fashioned style of writing which is understandable really as Dick Francis books have been around for quite some time now. If you're looking for a fast moving 'thrills and spills' type of story it doesn't quite hit the mark..
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This was the first novel which Dick Francis wrote - and it shows, especially in some of the dialogue. Nevertheless the plot is good and characters well drawn.
The love interest is rather dated and a bit stilted especially compared to some of his later books.
I guess it was of its time - 1962, when society were somewhat different from today. Still an enjoyable read.
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Another brilliant book by Dick Francis he is the master of mystery books. All his themes are to do with horse racing or the sport - but once you start reading you can't put them down until you have finished.
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I have been a fan of Dick Francis for over 20 years and picked this as I had never read it and didn't realise it was his first book.

It has all that is great about Dick's books, intrigue from both within and outside of the Racing Community, beautiful women and a twist in the tail.

Alan York, an amatur jockey sees his closest friend fall moments from winning a race and is the only who suspects foul play after seeing a coil of wire where it shouldn't be. Alan starts to investigate the supposed accident and finds himself in the middle of the Brighton underworld and racing for his life...

As fast paced as any horse race, this will keep you gripped to the end.
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Thoroughly enjoyed my first Dick Francis novel. Have already downloaded the next. Gripped me from the start with lots of twists and turns.... Will certainly recommend this writer to all my crime reader friends.....
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This is Dick Francis's firsts book, written many years ago, but it still holds up as a brilliant story. I've read it dozens of times, and enjoyed it this time, just as much as the first reading. If you like a rattling good yarn, then Dick Francis is your man!
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Synopsis/blurb...........
Three jockeys were warned not to win their races, someone wanted good riders turned into also-rans. Bill died when the sure-footed Admiral fell, Joe was scared rotten, and Alan York became the prime target of a vicious gang. But Alan wanted revenge, and to hell with the danger.

I have seen and heard of this author for many years before finally deciding to give him a try. I read and enjoyed Forfeit last month and having picked up a few of his books recently decided to try his first published novel from 1962 next.
At 180-odd pages long it was a fairly quick read. Sufficient length for the author to develop his characters into more than stick people, but not over-long like so many of the books published today.
Alan York is our main man here. Rhodesian by birth, Alan's a part-time amateur jockey in addition to looking after his father's business from London a couple of days a week. Alan is trailing his best friend Bill Davidson during a steeplechase race, when disaster strikes the leading horse and jockey. Davidson suffers a bad fall, incurring fatal injuries after his horse landed on him. York having witnessed the accident is sufficiently disturbed to re-visit the fence where the incident took place. Hidden in the fence is a coil of wire which has been used to bring Davidson and Admiral, his odds-on favourite mount down. Unable to attract assistance that evening, York returns to the course the next day with a policeman in tow, but the evidence has disappeared.
After the inquest where York's insistence of foul-play is dismissed and an accidental verdict returned, Alan decides to investigate who is responsible for his friend's death.
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