- 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)
Hot Money (The Dick Francis Library) Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, 6 Jun 2008
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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.
'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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I chose this book because I enjoy the Francis style of thriller and I couldn't put it down until I finished itPublished 5 months ago by eric sabey
I just love this book. I have read it several times and had to keep a copy for my Kindle.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Mum loved it, she read it ages ago but gave it away, she wanted it again so I got it. Very swift delivery book was perfect thankuPublished 9 months ago by theresa r
Highly rated suspense to the end
Would most certainly recommend
A super any time book
Accuracy as always from the author