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Hands Down

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Sid can't help himself- he's supposed to be out of the investigations game, his wife Marina has left him, taking their child with her, and he's alone with the dog when Gary asks for help.

But when Marina expresses discontent in their marriage and takes Saskia to visit her parents because her father is dying, Sid wonders if she'll ever come back. Sid was missing his wife and daughter, but he also felt duty bound to sort out who was doing what to rig races. The pace is fast which for me I know is always a winner, the characters are well drawn, they are believable, three dimensional, I like the camaraderie between Sid’s ex Father in law Charles and Sis, and also his relationship with his friend Chico who is there for him when he needs help. This is one of the better crime stories by Felix Francis using his late father's characters, particularly Sid Halley and Chico Barnes. The drips and drops of details, even entire plots, that had precipitated into my brain would have splished and splashed into even smaller drops to be carried along with the churning river of drips from the thrilling (or not) pages of the hundreds of whodunnits I have read, mixing up the characters, settings, and plots until I wouldn’t be able to distinguish one from the other, or sometimes even forgetting that I had ever read it!

And he's married to his beloved Marina and has a nine-year-old daughter named Saskia who is the center of his existence. Jockey-turned-private eye Sid Halley was last seen in Refusal after losing his left hand in a nasty fight with even nastier opponents; for his troubles, he ended up with a prosthetic hand and a wife who who insisted that he quit his detecting work. Then when that friend turns up dead, with his horses slaughtered, and his property set alight- Sid find himself wading through conspiracies, agendas, secrets, and plots to find out what had happened and uncover the culprit/s.

This one gallops apace, the excellent Chico Barnes makes an appearance too and I simply raced through it and couldn’t put it down. Nothing really appealed and I am not into horse racing, but I found a copy of Whip Hand and started reading. The master of suspense and intrigue” (Country Life) is back with the next powerful installation in the Dick Francis series, featuring Sid Halley, perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly. Felix Francis studied Physics and Electronics at London University and then spent seventeen years teaching Advanced-Level Physics. Someone is finding a way to rig horse races for their own financial gain and are blackmailing both jockeys and trainers to further their plot.My thanks to the publisher Crooked Lane and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Instead he landed in the private investigation business, in hot pursuit of the miscreants of the British horse racing world that he can’t stop being a part of.

His wife and daughter have left for the Netherlands to see her parents leaving him free to dig to the bottom of this mystery. Nearing fifty and having much more to lose made Sid a more careful investigator but still a very persistent and intelligent one.Having read many of the authors (and his fathers) previous books there is a somewhat familiar style and feel to the book, however, that does not mean that the author has not kept this book feeling fresh, the plot is wonderfully contrived, in its construction it feels as though Sid Halley is leading himself up a blind alley as he tries to do right by all but that in itself presents a conundrum in also getting justice and retribution, for me that added a clever dimension to the plot-line which allowed the book to have many a twist, the suspense and intrigue surrounding this kept me thinking as to where the book would lead. For me this is a definite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read, if you like your crimes fast paced then grab a copy of this. Besides spending time with Sid, Chico is back, too, acting as his bodyguard and so is his ex-father-in-law Charles. When his friend’s stable yard is torched, horses killed, and the friend is found dead, Sid can only blame himself for not helping sooner. Reading her collection of books has stirred up a lot of memories, mostly of our shared love of reading.

Because the details of the plot would have had more time to leak out of context from my constantly replenished brain bucket of memories. In 1996 I left Australia fr the first time, arrived in London and had to stay in accommodation for one night before moving to Sydenham for my course the following afternoon. Hands Down is the 6th mystery featuring Sid Halley, written by Felix Francis around characters originated by his late father, Dick Francis. Sid Halley is back and he has a new left hand having had a transplant since his last appearance in Refusal. Now there are jockey agents, charging not only the jockeys, but the trainers, using blackmail and intimidation to accomplish this.His marriage, on the other hand (pun intended), isn't working quite so well; in fact, his wife Marina has taken their nine-year-old daughter, Saskia, with her to stay with her elderly parents - in part because her father is dying and in part because she needs to get away for a while. This book features Sid Halley, an ex jockey, who lost his hand by having it trampled on by another horse, when his own horse fell during a race. It takes the two of them and a brave young jockey to finally settle the matter, but not without some bodily harm. My fave character Sid Halley makes a comeback, living a normal life now he's dragged back into the mysteries involved in horse racing. I remember reading him of old, pinching my mums old Dick Francis paperbacks and tucking myself away somewhere to read them.



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