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Hot Money (The Dick Francis Library) Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, 6 Jun 2008

4.4 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Edit/Cover edition (6 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330305050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330305051
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,088,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A regular winner (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 the Paperback edition.

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'Dick Francis is on top form with this subtle satisfying entertainment that saves a macabre surprise for the end.' (Evening Standard)

'Believable ... chilling ... unusually good.' (TIME)

'[The] master of crime friction and equine thrills.' (Newsday) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A slightly dated story but entertaining and well plotted. Tony Britton reads it very well. However the recording is rather poor quality with a lot of clicks and hums in the background - almost as if it had been recorded from vinyl! Apart from that a very good listen
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A great read, held me to the end.
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An adventure about a family and their failings. Typical Francis a good read. Malcolm Pembroke is a rich man with a large family and some ex wives. He is under threat so he needs to find one of his children he can trust. The family is unloveable and dysfunctional - money clearly does not buy happiness. Despite their difficulties you come to care about their fates as you consider one or other as a potential murderer. There is always a hores or two but this in not about the seamy side of racing and perhpas the horses are the most loveable characters. I love this book and bought this to replace a much revisited copy that has finally disintegrated!
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Well written by a great writer
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By Sassie on 9 Sept. 2013
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Dick does it again, a romping good read, one for a damp day or a beach day. This time we're taken into the world of the super rich in the company of a fabulously dysfunctional family entwined with jealousy, desperation and mental instability, while the trill of the race isn't ignored it is left to quietly rumble in the background, a constant tread laced with our hero the jockey and his father's new found passion for the hoof. The book it is behind the time technically, a mobile phone would have made life a great detail easier for the main character's but for those of us who remember those times a trip down memory lane and for those too young for that knowledge an insight in to resent history, regardless the story is unaffected by being of its time. Go ahead treat yourself.
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When it comes to a good whodunnit, you sometimes have to kiss a fair number of frogs. Either it is obvious from the start who the killer is or the plot stretches credibility, and so on.

A typical Dick Francis is always written in the first singular and is an ex-jockey with a few demons to face, before he outwits a few evil thugs, usually alongside a fair degree of violence, and then getting the girl.

Actually in Hot Money he already has a girl, though we never meet her. The emphasis instead is on the protagonist Ian Pembroke's magnificently dysfunctional family, alongside Ian's genius self-made billionaire father.

So there are an awful lot of ex-wives and children who smell inheritance money - nothing like that for bringing out the worst in people, especially where said father is conspicuously spending his fortune on anything but his children.

Including murder, where the worst in people comes in. So when the best wife is horribly killed off and someone starts trying to bomb and run over the tight old father, the latter reaches out to his estranged son for help.

Ian's job is to decide which out of his squabbling and unprepossessing relatives could be either mad or bad enough to be the killer. He has to examine his suspects from among a family, where tragedy has also stalked before.

What makes this book engaging is that Francis gets us to empathise with the flawed and damaged characters that make up the Pembroke clan.

The killer may or may not be a 'dead cert' to the reader, but wait......there is more and perhaps the real shocks actually come after we know who did it.

Definitely one of the better tales of this ilk.
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This is my favourite of Dick Francis' novels.
It is also the most like a traditional detective story. We know that one of the family must have killed Moria and be after Malcolm. The set up is similar but more modern than an Agatha Christie.
I can see that others might find it slow if they prefer the tone of a fast paced thriller. I enjoy books about large families so I didn't find the cast of characters too large.
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Interested in horse/racing but like a mystery? this is the book for you. Murder within a fractured family. who did it? All the family have equal opportunity and motive the hero must make sure who really did it if the family is to have any chance of enjoying their wealth. Some fascinating psychological profiling is needed. As in all Dick Francis Books there is a semi-hidden reference to a specific place character or horse in the racing world. Can you find it though? This one is fairly easy Enjoy
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