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Refusal: A Dick Francis Novel | [Felix Francis]

Refusal: A Dick Francis Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 realises he must meet his enemy head-on...or he might pay the ultimate price for his refusal.

©2013 Felix Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"This is fascinating reading on every level, from the neatly calibrated plot, moving from suspense to terror, to all the details of the racing world Francis provides. Halley is now, as before, an utterly complex, interest-holding character. And the final, moral turn that Francis makes of “refusal” is brilliant. A heroic return for Sid Halley." (Booklist)

"Francis successfully resurrects one of his late father’s most popular creations and only series character—disabled jockey–turned–PI Sid Halley... Longtime fans will be hard put to tell this gripping thriller from the senior Francis’s work." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Tracey craigmore, Australia 09-22-14
    Tracey craigmore, Australia 09-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Refusal the most enjoyable?

    felix and dick francis book are a good listen the narrator brings the book to life


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    it was interesting good story plot


    What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

    very similar to tony britton in the reading style


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    refuse and you die


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    Kenneth B. Posy 06-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not his father"

    Dick Francis combined good plots, growing characters, excellent research on engaging topics, and excellent writing to produce easy reads that left readers satisfied. His son tries to copy his formula, but falls short on every single aspect. Sid Halley, Charles and Marina were complex and multifaceted and grew through the books, but stagnated here. The plots meandered. And the transplantation component was a sideline, so the research didn't come through.
    In general, this book was a negative to the Francis brand, and even though Martin Jarvis is a good reader, he couldn't make up for the fact that the book was just poor.
    I will read Felix's next attempt, because his father's legacy is good to continue. But if that is only twice as good as this one, I won't read the one after that.

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  • Lee
    1/7/15
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    "Story good, narrator disappointing"

    Another fast paced and enjoyable Sid Halley story from the Francis stable, if sometimes seeming more laboured than the original ones.

    I did not like the narration though, not varied enough and the Michael Caine imitation voice of the police inspector drove me mad!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    3/22/15
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    "Dreadful pastiche of the Dick Francis style"
    What disappointed you about Refusal?

    No sense of action like the originals, the 'hero' agonises in tiresome internal self-questioning monologues for minutes at a time where a true Dick Francis hero would have just got on with it and allowed his internal confusion to be inferred.


    What was most disappointing about Felix Francis’s story?

    the result is that the whole book is interminably slow and has me practically shouting 'get on with it'.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Martin Jarvis's droll voice, perfectly suited to the Just William stories, which he made his own in an admittedly idiosyncratic way, is just not remotely suited to what ought to be a pacy thriller. It simply compounds the book's weakness.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Refusal?

    All the internal monologues.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/5/15
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    "A worthy successor"

    Listened to in one sitting. Felix has done his Dad proud with this sequel with Sid Halley. Read with great characterisation by Martin Jarvis especially Halley's internal thoughts & fears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dodelish
    10/12/14
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    "Just as good as Dad"
    If you could sum up Refusal in three words, what would they be?

    Very high standard


    What other book might you compare Refusal to, and why?

    Any Dick Francis


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

    His voices are very believable


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

    Not yet haven't finished only half way through


    Any additional comments?

    Only that Felix should keep on writing His Dad I'm sure would be so proud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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