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A worthy successor,
This review is from: Gamble (Dick Francis Novel) (Hardcover)
I'll admit I had some reservations before buying this. Though Felix's collaborations with his father had all been very good books, there was still doubts in my mind about how much or that was Dick and how much Felix actully did (i.e. was he in a similar role to Mary or was he more involved in the writing?). Figuring he must of had a large role in order to get a co-writers credit, I gave the book a go and was not disappointed in the least.
Felix has shown that he has a similar writing style to his father, which helped make the books he wrote with his father a success, but he's not an exact copy of Dick, which is good because it allows him to stand on his own two feet, even if the book does have a very noticable 'A Dick Francis Novel' on the cover, obviously trying to draw people who were on the fence like me in. It worked but I hope it doesn't continue onto the next books he writes because it would be unfair for Felix to stand in his father's shadow. With this book he's proved he can write on his own and produce a damn good novel.
The plot is very interesting, it starts of in a very similar vein to Dick but quickly goes off in a diffent direction that you'd expect. The trademark Francis suspence is there to enjoy and the book is a bit racier then I was expecting but I'm not complaining. I did think I had the murderer pegged and was about to congratulate myself when the reveal was made, only to be proven wrong (and proved wrong in a good way i.e. the actual murderer makes just as much sense as the guy I pegged and wasn't a 'oh it's actually this guy who has absoulty no reason to do it." twist).
Can't recommend higher. If you're torn over this book, have no fear Felix is on a winner ( *wince* sorry, obligiatory pun is obligiatory)