This is at least the second time I've read this story - second of the three novels about ex-jockey Sid Halley, who has a gift for finding out things others would prefer remained undiscovered. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. Dick Francis wrote a lifetime's worth of entertaining, suspenseful novels. I did find it difficult to read the portions in which violence is directed at the narrator, but they too were necessary to show the character's feelings. This book has a gripping story of multiple strands, but the main narrator is carrying chips on both shoulders the size of planks, which makes the whole experience of this book rather uncomfortable and at times I find myself really wanting to shake him, to put it mildly. Feb 25, Dana Biscotti rated it it was amazing.
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Mon 21 Apr It is no surprise for me that in a long list of stand-alone novels, he is the only one to be given a second and third chance in the limelight. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. But there's also a delightfully surprising balloon race Sid needs to interview the balloonist , Francis sentiment at its best Sid's relationship with his beloved ex-father-in-law , and a nice enough final twist. Search for all books with this author and title. This is the second book in the Sid Halley series and I enjoyed it even more than the first.
Whip Hand (Sid Halley, book 2) by Dick Francis
Whip Hand was the second book by Dick Francis to win the prestigious Edgar award -- he is still the only author to ever win three Edgars for mystery novels -- and I think it's a pretty terrific entry in his series. Mary's family always called me Richard due to having another Dick in the family. Halley is a retired jockey—forced out of the racing business when he fell and had his hand trampled by another horse. This fame and his rate of success translates in the bad guys trying to drive him out by threats and physical violence. I did find it difficult to read the portions in which violence is directed at the narrator, but they too were necessary to show the character's feelings. Sid's a totally believable character, hard on the outside but soft in the middle with a surprising vulnerability. Many more than you'll find at an actual racetrack that's for damn sure.
Great characters, good dialogue, excellent sense of place - this book worked on just about every level. The striking painted shotgun-and-hand cover, referencing a crucial plot point, is from Noble Net. Note: Anyone who hasn't read this yet: I recommend reading the Sid books in order, beginning with "Odds Against. This fame and his rate of success translates in the bad guys trying to drive him out by threats and physical violence. I'd always avoided Francis, thinking his books would be too "niche.
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