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I liked it
on 24 March 2015
I bought this for my husband to find common ground in our hobbies (me reading, him horse racing) but I think he's managed a page or two and I've finished it! Horse racing novels are not new to me but I think Taking The Fall has really good detail, better than most, and I found it very interesting. The novel is set in 1979 which is a good move by the author as it really suits the story - Duncan is an up and coming jockey desperate to avenge his father's framing for drugging his horses. Setting it then allows more licence in the plotting as everything was much less supervised - no online betting, not so much televised racing and what there was had very little technology, and secret lifes were easier to keep secret. Much has been made of the sex scenes, which are probably a bit gratuitous, but I think they are part of the pre-aids, end of free love zeitgeist and help to authenticate the setting.
There is nothing particularly new in the plot - revenge and betting scams - but I liked Duncan's character and the atmosphere and I found myself turning the pages compulsively to see what was coming next. Taking The Fall will not win any literary prizes but if you want a good read without too much brain exercise you could do a lot worse than try it.