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A smartly dressed man has been found unconscious at the local racecourse and is rushed to the hospital, where he subsequently dies. But who is he? Where does he come from? He had no form of identification on him, and no one claims the body.

Doctor Chris Reynolds, a specialist who treated the deceased - and who struggles with mental health issues - is intrigued by the nameless dead man, obsessed even, and starts asking questions. However, someone doesn't want the questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it, including an attempted murder. But when no one will believe that someone tried to kill Chris, the doctor is left with no option but to discover who the nameless man was and why he died...preferably before following him into an early grave.

Author bio: Felix Francis, a graduate of London University, is an accomplished outdoorsman, marksman, and pilot who has assisted with the research of many of his father's novels. The coauthor and author of numerous Dick Francis novels, most recently Triple Crown, he lives in England.

©2017 Felix Francis (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Hugely satisfying! Best "Francis" ever!

Very good treatment of mental illness, describing what it feels like from the inside. By contrast, Dick Francis' "Blood Sport" left me rather depressed, with no resolution to Gene Hawkins' mental state (if I'm remembering correctly after 40 years). I have been a Dick Francis fan since I was a teenager in the early '70's, and I've read every single Dick and Felix Francis book. I had a little trepidation when Felix took over, and it did seem like at first the stories weren't quite as emotionally deep, however, that feeling didn't last long. Truth be told, I think Felix had been helping out the stories quite a bit toward the end of Dick's life. In any case, he's certainly got the formula down pat.
This story is a good balance of all the elements: pace, action, emotion, suspense, satisfaction, even believability. Having struggled with depression myself most of my life, I could identify with Chris Rankin, the protagonist. I would like to recommend this book to anyone who has someone struggling with mental health in their life.
I never write book or product reviews, but I felt so strongly about this book that I had to express a little of what I felt after listening to it twice in a row (it was that good).
A word about the reader (performer): Clare Corbett was excellent! Supurb accents, emotions, different voices, etc. Just an all-around good performance!

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Different but Good!

This may be a book that appeals to women more then men, I loved it. The female doctor runs into some shady dudes who killed her patient then try to kill her and she gets even. A very satisfying ending. Because she has had a history depression, anxiety and an eating disorder, it is easy for the police to dismiss her observations and complaints. She takes matters into her own capable hands.

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Not really a fair review

The reason I say it isn't really fair to review this book is that it's the only review I've ever written for this family of books. To be fair, I need to sit down and write 5 star reviews for every book Dick Francis ever wrote and 4.5 star reviews for Felix's books I've read to date. But, Oh my gosh, I hated this book. I hated the ever whining protagonist. I hated the idiotic and unlikely way she proceeded to resolve the climax. I realize that the author was trying to get us to understand and sympathize with people who suffer from depression and anorexia but the near constant assault of, "I have a mental illness, pity me!" completely turned me off. Deliver your message with some subtlety, will you; don't bludgeon me to death.

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not my favorite

I have read over two dozen of dick and Felix Francis books. This one is alright. The first that has a female main character. But overall, the story was a bore.

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Slow

Too slow and I was tired of her depression and sad life situation. Very little horse storyline. Not what I expected and I did not want to finish book.

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Good, not the usual Francis though.

I enjoyed this book, it got better after the halfway point… The beginning was a bit slow as it laid tremendous groundwork for the character and her life. I almost gave up on it a couple of times and it took me longer than usual to finish because it was so slow at the beginning. After the halfway point it got much more interesting and was an enjoyable finish.

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Awful

Couldn’t get thru 3 chapters. Dick Francis would be appalled. Narrator is awful as well.

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mostly good

it was very slow starting, I almost have up. it did get better and was very suspenseful 2nd half.

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Worst EVER

I loved Dick Francis books - and some Felix Francis as well - but this was the worst book I’ve ever read.

All the other “Francis” books have detective/hero who is certainly flawed but has good, strong character and pursues justice for honorable reasons. In contrast, this lead character was obnoxious, selfish, overbearing, rude, dishonest, and repeatedly made foolish decisions. Honor never seemed to cross her mind. Midway through, I wanted to shoot her myself.

I finished the book, hoping for some redemptive changes, but it only got worse.

I don’t know if the reader made the situation worse by tone and inflection - it seemed the only way to interpret the words. Perhaps I was too negative about her performance, but it’s hard to know if she made a bad book worse by sounding spiteful and self absorbed throughout.

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His Best Yet!

I loved this book. I’ve read almost every Dick Francis novel and most of Felix Francis’s work. This one felt more like he put his own spin on it than his other books and I truly hope he writes more like this one!