Well-plotted and full of atmospheric charm, Reflex demonstrates the fine style that earned Dick Francis the title of Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. This fast-paced story of a jockey’s courageous murder investigation exposes the politics and corruption at the heart of the British racing world. Philip Nore has no greater ambition than to successfully complete the last years of his career as a jockey, even if it means bending the rules a bit. But when pushed, Philip discovers that there really are a few other things that matter to him. One is finding the truth about the death of a much hated track photographer. Reflex showcases the author’s gift for creating heroes out of ordinary men. Simon Prebble’s distinctive voice, deep and mildly accented, is perfect for Francis’ work. His performance highlights the psychological drama and intrigue to deliver a positively exhilarating listening experience.
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Dick Francis' novels generally follow a set formula of a well developed main character who may or may not be a horse racing/steeplechasing jockey and some sort of mysterious and dangerous situation. Francis has an ingenious way of weaving bits and pieces of seemingly random events and subplots into one brilliant, fascinating and entertaining story. I think this might be my favorite one so far.
This novel is about an aging-out jockey, Phillip Nore, who is contemplating what he will do after retirement in a couple of years. He had a checkered childhood of growing up in various households of his mother's friends where she leaves him for a "few days" promising to return - the days turns into weeks, months, and years. One of his "foster parents" had given him a camera which became a part of his everyday life and his saving grace throughout this story. Phillip is thinking about retiring and wondering about his future when his amateur photographer status becomes the focus of this story after a disliked but well-known professional racing photographer is killed in a car crash. Nore accidentally comes into possession of the dead man's records, photos and negatives upon which he uses sophisticated photography techniques to uncover the schemes behind blackmail, murder and mayhem.
Simon Prebble is the best!
If you love Dick Francis, you'll love "Reflex." His lead character is reliably male, reliably decent, and reliably gets smashed up in the process of solving a racehorse-related mystery. If what you want is a reliable Dick Francis novel, this is one of his best. The narration by Simon Pebble is wonderful.
Yes, and probably will.
Felt comfortable listening to an "old friend".
Love the characterization and voices. Puts you into the story.
No. Just a fun book.
Dick Francis has been a favorite writer of good mysteries for many of us. I own a lot of his books in hardback from when they were first published.
Now all the audiobooks that are available are giving me a great deal of pleasure. Simon Prebble is such a good narrator of some of Francis' stories that I look forward to purchasing more. It is sad that many of his stories don't seem to be available in audiobooks through Audible. I hope they will make more available soon!
Probably not. Too many on my 'looking forward to listening to' list that will be well ahead of it.
Hmmm, how to answer without a spoiler... I thought this [main] character made a lot of questionable conclusions/decisions throughout the book. Several times I found myself thinking "well, that's pretty naive and/or foolish" and when you start down that road you start to lose your connection with the character. I thought the ending assumed a lot and was somewhat pollyanna-ish.
I like Dick Francis. The narrator was excellent. This is just not his [Francis] best.
An ongoing battle between revenge and righteousness. Will an Awakening past prove downgall or uplifting.
Second Dick Francis story listened to on Smartphone; his are my very favorite mysteries, and Simon Prebble's phenomenal narration takes me 'into' the lives of the characters SO well. It's the level of quality I've come to expect in my Audible selections; excellent job! ... The only drawback? Unlike my CDs, which I have to change at their end, there's no need to 'break' the story flow, and I just keep on listening ... to the detriment of my household chores! :)
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