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Odds Against (Francis Thriller) by [Francis, Dick]
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"Nobody sets up a mystery better than Dick Francis."

ÝThe¨ master of crime fiction and equine thrills. ("Newsday")

[The] master of crime fiction and equine thrills. ("Newsday")

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'A plot that goes with the pace of a champion hurdler.' (Evening Standard)

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 884 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 July 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9BDA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Can not be beaten as an author
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This book introduces Sid Halley who, if memory serves, is the only protagonist that Dick Francis ever used more than once. Halley was a very successful jockey until he fell from a horse which trampled his left hand, abruptly ending his career. He accepts a job with a detective agency that has a racing division, but he spends a couple of years simply hanging around the office without being given any meaningful assignments. But he's willing to go with the flow, or the not-flow, as the case may be, because he's still trying to figure out what his future is going to be now that the one thing he really loved has been taken from him.

Things take a turn for the worse when one of the detectives in the office asks Halley to assist him in a minor sting and Halley winds up being shot. Now he has a crippled hand and a ventilated stomach, which will take some time to heal. His wealthy father-in-law asks Sid to visit over a weekend and Halley agrees to do so. (Sid's wife has left him, which is not at all uncommon for a protagonist in a Dick Francis novel, but he's still on good terms with her father.)

The father-in-law has an ulterior motive, which Halley soon discovers. The other weekend guests are a particularly obnoxious man and his equally disagreeable wife who enjoys being knocked about while having sex. Without telling Halley what he's up to, the father-in-law cleverly manipulates things so that Halley will wind up investigating the disagreeable guest.

The bad guy is apparently involved in a nasty scheme to sabotage a race course so that he can gain a controlling interest and turn the place into a housing development.
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Having inherited this book, I picked it out of the bookshelf for a fast and easy read. I was pleasently surpised to discover that this was en excellent crimenovel. Sid, an ex-jockey, has been sitting around the office of a investigative firm for 2 years with nothing to do. Unaware of his father-in-law's plot, he is dragged in to a crime involving a reacecourse, valuable property and a villain with obscure pleasures. Sid's job is in short to save the racecourse from the hostile takeover.
I found myself dragged into the story, and towards the end, it was impossible to put the book down.
I highly recommend this, and am heading for another Frances novel.
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Tony Britton I did not care for.
However I give ***** to the verson read by Ian McShane. I enjoyed McShane's read voice. Some actor/readers, try to act took much when they read - I mean males doing higher voices for females are such a pain. McShane give the right tone, a narrator and is it an enjoyed voice that carries you vividly into the world of ex-jockey Sid Halley. Injured in a riding accident, he now is a Enquiry agent/security expert that is looking into the strange accidents happening and Seabury Race Course.
Dick Francis' writing, quite naturally, is excellent, though it is McShane excellent narration that has me listening to this tape again and again. I have given it several times and gifts and recommended it to friends. All have thanked me for the enjoy listen.
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By A Customer on 27 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
Odds against is Dick Francis at his best. The book features Sid Halley, a man who retired from race riding due to an accident. He takes a career change and becomes a private enquiry agent. The book follow Sid thorough his first main case, finding out why the racecourse at Seabury had declined over the past months. I love this book because the way that the book is written makes you feel as if you are there ... you can feel the excitement, worry and pain along with Sid. A fantastic combination of horse racing and crime.
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I have all Dick and now Felix Francis' books in hard copy, but I wanted this on my Kindle as it
is one of my favourite Francis books, with Sid Halley being one of my all time favourite fictional
characters.

An ex-champion jockey with a badly damaged hand, Sid drifted into an agency which did
very discreet investigations for companies, including the Jockey Club. His father-in-law involves
Sid in an investigation which turns out to be a nightmare. There is a lot of action throughout the
book and no bad language or sex, though some violence.

All Dick Francis characters are well written - though sometimes the hero can be too forgiving for
my liking! Even minor people are well described and you can picture them and their flaws, etc.
I highly recommend this book, and if you read it and do not like it, then don't bother reading any more
by this author, as he is obviously not for you!

I also bought the audio version read by Tony Britton - glad I didn't pay full price as though he reads it
well, the sound quality was poor on my Kindle and I-pad. The volume kept dropping and it was a strain
to hear sometimes.
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I don't think that I have done a review of Odds Against though I bought this book last year but it being on the monthly deal now I felt that I should do a review and also take the opportunity to thank Felix or his fathers publisher for doing so. I have often wanted to ask one or the other if we could have all Dick's (and Felix's one) Sid Halley books on deal of the week or month. They should be read by everyone and in these deals quite a few readers will enjoy them. Dick Francis writes the most enjoyable stories and it is a shame if non horsey people miss them for they do not have to be horse race enthusiasts. The stories are tough at times and do have horse racing themes but it is the clever yet gentle main character who can turn the other cheek despite the odds against him at times that make Dick and now his son Felix such good writers. More from Felix please and lets have more bargain Francis so more can get to know these wonderful writers.
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