Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He'd been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong.
Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing...or else. At first Sid ignores these warnings, knowing that once he submits to this criminal bully, he will forever be under his control. But as the intimidation tactics escalate - and Sid' s own family comes under threat - Sid realizes he must meet his enemy head-on...or he might pay the ultimate price for his refusal.
©2013 Felix Francis (P)2013 Recorded Books
I am an avid eclectic reader.
There have been a few authors’ that have died and their sons have tried to carry on the writing without success. I am happy to say that Felix Francis has done a fairly good job. When Dick Francis’s wife died the books lacked the polish she gave it as a master of the English language. This is the second book that Felix has written alone, and he has brought back his Father’s character Sid Halley. Sid is now retired from being a detective, is married with a 6 year old girl and is working on his investments. The head of the British racing as him to help solve a problem with someone fixing the races but he declines. Then the man is dead and a man with a Northern Ireland accent is threatening Sid. The story takes off from here with action, suspense, and humor. I like the stories with more racing action but Sid is no longer racing. Martin Jarvis does a good job with the narration. If you are a Dick Francis fan you will not be disappointed.
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
I have to admit that up until this book I haven't been impressed with Felix Frances as a successor to his father. With this book, however, he has truly written a book in Dick Francis' unforgettable style. I found that I couldn't stop listening! I had to know what happened next. If you were a fan of Dick Francis, you will think he has come back to life and written another Sid Halley adventure!
Unlike many long term series, which run out of steam, the Dick Francis franchise continues to gallop along. Francis' son, Felix, does a very credible job or bringing Sid Halley back into dectecting. Sure, there are some weak point to the plot, but it's still an enjoyable romp.
This is a book that I looked forward to listening to and which ended far too soon.
Nothing new here. I find these stories entertaining, but they are kinda formulaic. It's hard to get caught up in suspense when you expect what is going to happen next. Well read by narrator.
The story dragged on forever and the dialogue was really annoying. The bad guy was SO bad I was ready for him to die long before the end of the story.
DICK Francis. I love his stories and particularly liked Sid Halley - which is why I chose Refusal - but it was not a satisfying conclusion to Sid's adventures. I also didn't like the way the author made Charles seem almost dotty at times.
Sid, of course. Martin Jarvis is a decent narrator and is able to provide different voices convincingly. Tony Britton will always be the voice of Dick Francis stories to me, though.
I almost gave up on it several times and considered not even finishing, but at least (not too much of a spoiler) the bad guy gets his in the end....it just took way too long to get there.
I've tried to give the Felix Francis books a fair trial since he is continuing with the themes and characters from Dick's stories, but this is the last one I will buy.
The narration was superb. Martin Jarvis's ability to use different voices was impressive.
Didn't have a favourite character - although Sid Haley is always good.
Great performance by Martin Jarvis, with distinct voices even for minor characters, but surprisingly flat story. It dragged on and on, and I seriously considered not finishing.
It's been awhile since I read a Dick Francis novel. This one by Felix has the same qualities: interesting story, characters, dialog, style, writing. I recall the ones by Dick being shorter. If so, this one by Felix is not extended by padding but by the necessity of the story. I am happy that the Francis series of stories with a British horse racing theme continues.
Don't know about the print version, but the audio was rocking!!!
Dick Francis was always one of my favorite authors. His son has continued in his father's footsteps. Such a joy!!
Oh, wow!! Mr Jarvis, what can I say? His voice gives texture to the story, Just a pleasure to hear.
I sure could have. And then, listen to it over again!
Normally, when a popular author passes away, you are left with only their body of work. So, you can read them over again, but never get any new material. With Felix Francis taking up the pen to follow his father's "word prints", we all can look forward to many new great reads (or listens) in the future!!
Most likely. I usually re- read books at a later date.
Not on the edge of my seat through the book, definitely an "edge worthy" ending. The Francis's book have a decent steady pace to them, with a flourish at the end.
Dead Heat by Dick and Felix Francis. I feel the same way about both books.
Im an ex patriot Brit living in the US, I have been involved with horses and horse racing and these books are a lot like a visit home, if one overlooks the villains and their machinations of course.
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