Dick Francis's Damage

Dick Francis s Damage 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

  • Title: Dick Francis's Damage
  • Author: Felix Francis
  • ISBN: 9780399168222
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 muFelix 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 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.

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    1. 3.5 starsSomeone seems bent on disrupting British horseracing. A couple of trainers have been suspended for doping horses - though they claim innocence - and one has been driven to murder. Soon afterwards mandatory testing after a big race reveals that many horses - from stables across the United Kingdom - have been tainted with an illegal substance. Soon enough the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) receives a message - pay five million pounds or horseracing will be brought to its knees.Jeff H [...]

    2. Dick and Felix Francis's horse racing mysteries are still a good read. The authors combine a knowledge of everything horse racing with, an amateur investigator, a jockey, ex-jockey or owner, among others, who somehow stumbles into a plot against friends or horse racing and has to out man, outwit and outlast the bad guys. It's a horseracing episode of Survivor. Francis knows the sport, knows the pre-racing rituals of the jockeys and the trainers. In Felix Francis's latest mystery novel, "Damage", [...]

    3. What happens when a favorite series author stops writing? In this case, his youngest son takes over writing the same books -- first in collaboration with his father and then on his own. One would think it wouldn't work, but it actually does. Perhaps the books have lost their edge a bit, but one of the interesting things about Dick Francis is that he wrote the same book over and over with different twists. And, they are always good reads. It's always about horses, a youngish male protagonist who [...]

    4. I must admit at the outset that I'm not a huge fan of traditional mysteries. That being said, I was thoroughly absorbed by Damage penned by Felix Francis. His protagonist, Jeff Hinkley, is a fascinating man who has trouble making a commitment to a woman. Hinkley is tasked with determining the identity of someone attempting to topple the entire British horse racing establishment. While the novel is set in the venue of horse racing, it's really a story of people--often in conflict with each other. [...]

    5. Hooray, I finally found a Felix Frances book. What a huge treat. Feels like Christmas. This is an undercover Jeff Hinkley Book. He is assigned by the British Horseracing Authority to look into the activities of a suspicious racehorse trainer, but he's trailing his quarry through the Cheltenham Racing Festival. The last thing he expects to view is a vulgar murder. Then many more horses test positive for prohibited stimulants and someone starts making and threatening to completely destroy the inte [...]

    6. Here's the thing about Dick Francis books: they're kind of like your favorite chain restaurant. You go in and already know what you're going to get. (Yeah, yeah, I know; this one was written by Felix Francis. But rumor has it that, even when Dick was alive his books were written by his wife. Doesn't matter). It's as if all the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drews, Trixie Beldens and their ilk grew up and became part of British horse racing in some way. So, if you're read a lot of Dick Francis (and I have), y [...]

    7. There are no words to describe the thrill of reading a mystery with a well-thought-out plot, impeccable language and not a single typo (at least not that I noticed). The late Dick Francis, father of Felix, who wrote this book on his own, never failed on any of those measures. And Felix, who co-wrote several books with his father before going it alone in four others, clearly has learned from his master's voice, churning out yet another winner in my book.As usual, the topic is horse racing in Grea [...]

    8. The son cannot fill the father's shoes. Dick Francis had a very natural writing style and knew his subject well. Felix did research for some of his father's later books, and that tendency is unchecked in the novels he takes over. You want to read the books with an editor's blue pencil. He will repeat the idea sometimes within the same sentence. Editing one's own work can be a difficult task for some. I'm surprised, however, that a major house like Putnam's doesn't have someone assigned to slash [...]

    9. The best of the Felix Francis books I've read. Good characterization, good plot, with a more personal subplot that did not intrude but added to the characterizations. The ending reminds me a bit of some of the endings in the Dick Francis books, a definite end to the main plot, but not an 'after the fact' tying off of all the loose ends. I'm actually wondering if Felix Francis may intend to write more with these characters, as his father did with the Sid Halley books and if so, would certainly li [...]

    10. As a mystery this latest edition of the Francis mystique was extremely slow paced. Not fleshing out the character of the culprit made the ending somewhat of a let-down. However, Felix does now have the reins. Perhaps Felix just needs to allow the storyline more freedom to run.

    11. My Grade = 92% - AI remember when I reviewed my last Felix Francis book that I commented that he was getting better than his father.This book especially holds true with that sentiment. There were several mini-plots going on here, concerning the main character's (Jeff Hinkley's) sister, step-nephew, brother-in-law, and job (and the job part by far dominated the story.There were about 300 pages, and by about half way through I was sure I had found the guilty party. This was mainly because of two m [...]

    12. Felix Francis finally hits his stride in this book which is reminiscent of Dick Francis at his best. An engaging thriller from the first page with a realistically drawn main character.

    13. I enjoyed this latest by Felix Francis. It had a lovely sense of place. The setting in England was clear with plenty of colloquialisms and images of London etc. I also continue to be impressed with the horse elements in the story. They were always of course the highlights of the story when his father was writing and so far the books continue to do well in that aspect even though it was Dick and not Felix who was a jump jockey. However, I have to assume that Felix at least grew up around the spor [...]

    14. Good fun, a fast pace, and genuinely unputdownable. The 50th Francis book is both an homage to the father and a tribute to the son's great writing talent. What an incredible book. The main storyline, which delves deep into the world of the British Horseracing Authority, could have stumbled into the realm of boring under another author's reins, but not so here. Even the internal politics and board meetings are suspenseful and move the story along at a nice, crisp pace. Like every Francis book, th [...]

    15. Felix Francis has now written four novels on his own in the highly successful and recognized Dick Francis horseracing mystery series, as well as co-authoring four others. All have been of the high quality one came to expect from pere Francis. Might one suggest that it might be time for his novels to be issued in his own name? Unless, of course, there is a nostalgic, or filial, reason to continue labeling the books “Dick Francis’s.”Undercover investigator Jeff Hinkley of the British Horsera [...]

    16. Jeff Hinkley is an investigator for the British Horseracing Authority who is thirty, has a photographic memory for faces, and is a master of disguises. He is also the concerned younger brother of a sister battling cancer and live-in boyfriend who is wondering if he should marry his long-time girlfriend. He is surprised when following a banned racehorse trainer around a race meeting to see him casually walk up to a bookmaker and slit his throat. The trainer had claimed that he was not responsible [...]

    17. Taking a step beyond Sid Halley, Jeff Hinkley is a trained intelligence agent working on behalf of British racing, so when illegal drugs start showing up in unexpected horses, the racing authorities set Jeff on the trail.That part of the book was great, full of the little details that made me love the Dick Francis books so much, and with enough intrigue to keep you going. Unfortunately the subplot was resolved far too easily, and the ending let me down: it was very abrupt, and I couldn't even re [...]

    18. This is the first of the Felix Francis books that I have read and it certainly did feel reminiscent to the books written by his father when it came to style. I will definitely be interested in reading more. Clearly he has a very strong knowledge of horse racing in the UK. I liked the hero of this story and hope he will become an ongoing character. I became invested in his family members and want to know more of what goes on in their lives.

    19. A safe as houses (or should that be horses) British mystery/thriller that continues the tradition set by Dick Francis and now carried on by his son Felix. It doesn't offend, and it doesn't shock, with a pleasant protagonist and an interesting plot. I've read a lot of both the father and son Francis output and in some ways you know what you are going to get which can be a little mundane but in others quite reassuring.

    20. A nice twist on the series, featuring an investigator with the British racing authority who must figure out who is blackmailing them by committing acts of poisoning, doping, etc. There is a side bit about the protagonist's step-nephew who was framed for dealing drugs. He solves that along the way as well. Happily, he also decides to marry his girlfriend. Sadly Crispin dies as part ofcatching the bad guy. I liked the relationship between him Jeff Hinckley.

    21. Improving in qualityAll in all, better than the previous ones but not as good as his father's. The ending was a bit too abrupt, and there was no hint as to the identity of the blackmailer until he unmasked. I like the chance to figure it out along the way, and though I guessed part of his motive, it wasn't enough. And some of the expository bits were just too much. But it was entertaining to read.

    22. It took me some time to really get into Damage, due to lack of time, but once I got really started I enjoyed it very much. Except for the last 1.5 pages, which were a degrader if ever there was one. I am still shocked at the abrupt and blunt ending of an otherwise solid mystery. Good story, nice twists and the characters were very pleasant with a nice personal touch.

    23. Ain't my cup of tea at all. The main character was sociopathic dick and the author totally wasn't even trying to make him that way. At least one woman who came to the book club liked it and that's all that matters. But we both agreed the ending was a #copOut.

    24. Great storyI fell in love with horse racing from Dick Francis. Every book seems to be better than the last. Great characters.

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