Dick Francis's Damage

Dick Francis's Damage

Book - 2014
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"Jeff Hinkley is an undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority. He secretly follows a banned racehorse trainer through the crowds at the Cheltenham Racing Festival only to witness a bloody murder taking place right in front of his eyes. Could it have something to do with the reason the trainer was banned in the first place - the administration of illegal drugs to his horses? Then many more horses test positive for prohibited stimulants and someone starts making demands or else he will completely destroy the integrity of the racing industry. Jeff is tasked with finding the perpetrator and limiting the damage to the sport but discovers that he is up against an individual who will stop at nothing to prevail. Add to that a family situation that appears to be out of control and running downhill fast, and Jeff's mental and physical wellbeing is tested to the very limit, even his life is put on the line"-- Provided by publisher.
"Felix Francis is back with another edge-of-your-seat thriller, in the classic Dick Francis tradition. Undercover investigator Jeff Hinkley is assigned by the British Horseracing Authority to look into the activities of a suspicious racehorse trainer, but as he's tailing his quarry through the Cheltenham Racing Festival, the last thing he expects to witness is a gruesome murder. Could it have something to do with the reason the trainer was banned in the first place-the administration of illegal drugs to his horses? Then many more horses test positive for prohibited stimulants, and someone starts making demands, threatening to completely destroy the integrity of the racing industry. In order to limit the damage to the sport, it's critical that Jeff find the perpetrator. but he'll soon learn he's up against someone who will stop at nothing to prevail"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putname's Sons, [2014]
ISBN: 9780399168222
0399168222
Branch Call Number: FIC FRANCIS
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Francis, Dick
Alternative Title: Damage

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Skalley99 Jul 25, 2015

Felix is not his father. Where his father had a concise storyline, Felix's meander. Too many cooks in the kitchen.

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Roundcat
Nov 02, 2014

I do like the Francis family books. Felix's style, however, is somewhat different from his father's. The signature research into various key issues in each book, previously done by Felix for his father, is still well done. Felix's hero is definitely more fleshed out and involved with those around him, which makes the reader more interested in him. The mystery is very well worked out, as is the "real life" of the hero. I was with him right up to the end, which, in my opinion, left quite a few of the in depth relationships of the hero blown to smithereens with no resolution. It was a page turner, though.

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