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Dead Heat | [Dick Francis, Felix Francis]

Dead Heat

Max Moreton is a rising culinary star and his Newmarket restaurant, The Hay Net, has brought him great acclaim and a widening circle of admirers. But when nearly all the guests who enjoyed one of his meals at a private catered affair fall victim to severe food poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his reputation takes a hit.
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Publisher's Summary

After a six-year absence from the bestseller lists, Dick Francis roared out of the gate with 2006's Under Orders, demonstrating once again every ounce of his famed narrative drive, brilliant plotting, and simmering suspense. Hard on the heels of that triumph comes Dead Heat, set against the backdrop of Britain's famed 2,000 Guineas Stakes.

Max Moreton is a rising culinary star and his Newmarket restaurant, The Hay Net, has brought him great acclaim and a widening circle of admirers. But when nearly all the guests who enjoyed one of his meals at a private catered affair fall victim to severe food poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his reputation takes a hit. Scrambling to meet his next obligation, an exclusive luncheon for 40 in the glass-fronted private boxes at the 2,000 Guineas, Max must overcome the previous evening's disaster and provide the new American sponsors of the year's first classic race with a day to remember.

Then a bomb blast rips through the private boxes, killing some of Max's trusted staff as well as many of the guests. As survivors are rushed to the hospital, Max is left to survey the ruins of the grandstand: and of his career. Two close calls are too close for comfort, and Max vows to protect his name, and himself, before it's too late.

©2007 Dick Francis Corporation; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Crisp writing and well-paced action." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sandra Boston, MA, USA 03-29-08
    Sandra Boston, MA, USA 03-29-08
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    "Not Dick Francis's best"

    I think Dick Francis should write by himself. Narrator was not the best.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Boulder,CO 09-26-07
    Lee Boulder,CO 09-26-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Dead Heat"

    I have listened to many Dick Francis audio books, this one followed the same formula and was as enjoyable as his earlier works.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cortney Grandview Heights, OH, USA 01-10-10
    Cortney Grandview Heights, OH, USA 01-10-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Needs Work"

    This was a disappointing effort for Dick Francis. The plot was loose, the deductions were wild leaps that hadn't been well set up, and the customary Francis wit is missing. Add to that, the usual stoic, quiet strength of a typical Francis hero does not come through at all. In fact, the hero sounds distinctly whiny at times, although to be fair I don't know if this is a result of the writing or of the narrator.

    Martin Jarvis is a poor replacement for Tony Britton as the reader. His voice is irritating, and he tries too hard to emote when the characters in Francis novels have always been written as very understated. As I said, he often comes across sounding whiny which is what largely ruined the book for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 11-04-07
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 11-04-07 Listener Since 2003

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    "Better than Under Orders"

    I was very disappointed with "Under Orders" and questioned at the time who helped him write it. The answer is apparently his son Felix and he is getting better. This one was a little slow to start but in the end was pretty typical Dick Francis. If you are looking for great literature, you will not find it here. But if you are looking for a few entertaining hours, this one does just fine.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-30-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Dead Last"

    There are traces here and there of Dick Francis, who is a consummate writer. I suspect he did a little line editing. If this is, as I suspect, a virgin effort for his son, his father should have been a less tender editor. I am now 2 hours and 40 minutes into this book and there is no trace of a mystery or any indication that there will eventually be a plot. I suggest a good writers' group for young Felix, with people in it who'll be honest about his manuscript's shortcomings. I'm sorry Dick Francis has retired; his son hasn't yet learned enough about plotting and timing to replace him.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 06-18-12
    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 06-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Delish!!"
    Where does Dead Heat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far the most entertaining. Combines two of my favorite things, horses and horse racing, along with cooking and celebrity chefs!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Heat?

    When Caroline used her viola to brain the bad guy!!


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

    Wonderful!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh, yes, and over & over again!!


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best audio books I have had the pleasure to hear, EVER!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dell Canton, GA, United States 11-14-11
    Dell Canton, GA, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not the best Dick Francis"

    This book grabbed me at the start just like others by Dick Francis but it fell short in plot and suspense. The principal character is the victim of several failed attempts to discredit him or kill him but the reader never really understands why he is targeted. Not what I have come to expect from this author. The narration was good and kept me engaged enough to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A Summerville, SC, United States 03-16-11
    A Summerville, SC, United States 03-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "another good story"

    Great writing style. Exceptionally well read.

    This time Francis and Francis delve deeply into the catering industry. I feel like after each novel, I have not only learned more about horses, but also am an expert on some field of study I never wished to learn about. That alone makes me laugh as I listen to these stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 12-03-07
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 12-03-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Pretty good listen"

    The story is a bit slow at times, and it even had a "chick-flick" smell to it at other times.

    Despite this, overall, the story was unique and creative.

    I found the book odd in that there were no clues at all until the book was about 60-70% written.

    However; I definitely wanted to finish, and at times, it was "can't put down". The character development was good, and the story definitely came together quite nicely in the end.

    Overall I would recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aryn Pullman, WA; United States 12-02-07
    Aryn Pullman, WA; United States 12-02-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Another win; really a good listen"

    I always enjoy Dick Francis, and the addition of Felix did nothing to mar the experience. My only criticism would be that the voice of the reader, who does wonders with older characters, seemed at odds with this protagonist of less than 35 years old. Inventive story, well done, nice ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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