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Come to Grief | [Dick Francis]

Come to Grief

Sid Halley, the ex-champion jockey turned investigator who appears in Odds Against and Whip Hand, is back and facing new dilemmas and dangers. The opening finds him having uncovered an obnoxious crime committed by a friend whom he, and everyone else, has held in affection bordering on love.
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Sid Halley, the ex-champion jockey turned investigator who appears in Odds Against and Whip Hand, is back and facing new dilemmas and dangers. The opening finds him having uncovered an obnoxious crime committed by a friend whom he, and everyone else, has held in affection bordering on love. On the morning set for the opening of the friend's trial, at which Sid is due to be called as a witness, other people's miseries explode and send him spinning into pulverizing days of hard, rational detection, and heart-searching torments. Troubled, courageous, and unwilling to admit defeat, for Sid Halley it is business as usual.

©1995 Dick Francis; ©2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 01-23-10
    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 01-23-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Excellent narrator! Classic Dick Francis"

    I have listened to all of Dick Francis' more than 40 books. The plot line of this one is gruesome, but fairly imaginative. Of course, Sid, the main character, gets attacked. That's standard fair in most DF stories. The sub-plot of the sick child is touching and is woven well into the main plot.

    The range of Tony Britton's voice is impressive. He does several british accents very well, and moves easily between male, female and child voices.

    The experience of the story is greatly enhanced by Tony's narration.

    The four star rating is due to uneven sound quality in the production. This recording was clearly taken from cassettes, as the sound quality quickly shifts from crisp and clear to muffled. You can still hear the entire story.

    Without regard to production quality, I highly recommend this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Boiling Springs, PA, United States 10-06-11
    Ken Boiling Springs, PA, United States 10-06-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Read this one Third"

    If you like one Dick Francis mystery, you will probably like them all (if you get a good reader - which is usually the case fortunately). He wrote four mysteries featuring ex-jockey Sid Halley: Odds Against (1965); Whip Hand (1979); Come to Grief (1995); and Under Orders (2006). Even though the books span 40 years, the elapsed time within/between all the stories is about 3 or 4 years. Technology advances with the times from book to book and we aren't supposed to notice that as readers. After all, it's really the mysteries and Francis' quality writing that we're here for, isn't it?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Wilkie 11-22-14
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    "Great story, well written"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Come to Grief to be better than the print version?

    Have only listened to the audio version.


    What other book might you compare Come to Grief to and why?

    Many other Francis books


    Have you listened to any of Tony Britton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Always well done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It showed as in real life that celebrities can be involved in real life. As in life many celebrities are put on higher planes were they are viewed as above reproach, but we all need to come to the realization that celebrities are human and capable of being criminals.


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    Rosemary 10-10-11
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    "Another Dick Francis Classic"

    Another Dick Francis Classic. Great with a fast moving engaging plot, a page turner,a great companion for anyone.

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  • Sue
    Torquay, DEVON, United Kingdom
    3/29/08
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    "Excellent, as usual!"

    I enjoy Dick Francis immensely. This book did not disappoint. Sid Halley is a likeable character, and Dick Francis lifts the lid on this private man, giving us a glimpse of the true character beneath the rock-like, fearless facade he presents to the rest of the world.

    His affection for the little girl with leukemia is touching. Dick Francis really seems to understand what makes people tick, and there is always a heart-warming portrayal of the goodness and honesty of ordinary people, contrasted with the face of true evil in his villains.

    As always, Francis' love and respect for horses is very much in evidence - the special relationship which can come about only through intimate association with these extraordinary creatures over many years. This is, indeed, classic Francis, and a book I shall enjoy listening to again and again.

    Tony Britton cannot be faulted as the narrator of the Dick Francis novels. He is just right in every way, and brings out the different characters beautifully. I can't imagine anyone else reading them!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
    7/15/07
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    "Very good"

    Typical Francis. His almost anti-hero is the key role. Imaginative and well paced. Well worth the read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reynard
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    Quality of sound recording spoilt a good story. Have always enjoyed Dick Francis books. Bolinda should check their sound recordings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Beaworthy, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "fantastic"

    I have been a fan of Dick Francis for almost 20 years now, I whave read and re read all of his books. The narrative form has ticked every box, when reading we enter our own imagination. The narrator has his voices down to a tee. I throughly recomennd to any one. five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    York, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Fab book"

    This is an excellent book, got me through some long car drives. Another fantastic Dick Francis book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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