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Slay Ride [Format Kindle]

Dick Francis

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Revue de presse

A regular winner . . . as smooth, swift and lean as ever (Sunday Express)

As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride. The same is true of his crime writing (Daily Mirror)

Enthralling and finely written (Sunday Telegraph)

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A classic mystery from Dick Francis, the champion of English storytellers.
David Cleveland - an investigator for the Jockey Club - is sitting in a dinghy in a pleasant little fjord in Norway. He's here to help the Norwegians find out why Bob Sherman, a visiting English rider, has done a runner with the racehorse takings.
He thinks it'll be a straightforward job, and he'll get to spend some time with old friends.
But when the dinghy is hit by a speedboat and Cleveland almost drowns, he realizes that there is more to this case than some missing money - especially when a dead body turns up.
Now Cleveland knows the stakes are dangerously high. A sensible man would leave it to the police and go back home to England. Except, it turns out, that England isn't safe either . . .
Praise for Dick Francis:
'As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride. The same is true of his crime writing' Daily Mirror
'Dick Francis's fiction has a secret ingredient - his inimitable knack of grabbing the reader's attention on page one and holding it tight until the very end' Sunday Telegraph
'The narrative is brisk and gripping and the background researched with care . . . the entire story is a pleasure to relish' Scotsman
'Francis writing at his best' Evening Standard
'A regular winner . . . as smooth, swift and lean as ever' Sunday Express
Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National Hunt jockeys. The winner of over 350 races, he was champion jockey in 1953/1954 and rode for HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, most famously on Devon Loch in the 1956 Grand National. On his retirement from the saddle, he published his autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write forty-three bestselling novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), and the biography of Lester Piggott.
During his lifetime Dick Francis received many awards, amongst them the prestigious Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the genre, and three 'best novel' Edgar Allan Poe awards from The Mystery Writers of America. In 1996 he was named by them as Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2000.
Dick Francis died in February 2010, at the age of eighty-nine, but he remains one of the greatest thriller writers of all time.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 823 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 308 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin (28 septembre 2000)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002RI9DMY
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Amazon.com: 4.2 étoiles sur 5  26 commentaires
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good story and good characters 20 juin 2001
Par Martha E. Nelson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
I listened to this book on tape, and initially I had to accustom myself to the Norwegian setting and accents. Once I had myself acclimated, I enjoyed it a great deal, although I will say that I "figured it out" faster than I do some mysteries.
What I liked, I think, was the slightly unique setting and the things about Northern European horse racing that I had not know before. I also thought the chracters were interesting and had some depth that is sometimes missing in Francis' books. There are some characters in this one that I have wondered about as you would with real people--what made them turn out this way? and what is going to happen to them afterwords?
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable But Not Great 8 septembre 2007
Par C. Schaub - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I am not a great fan of Dick Francis. I've enjoyed every one of his books that I have read, but I do not go out of my way to look for his other books. After reading "Slay-Ride", I still feel the same way.

David Cleveland, an investigator for British racing interests, goes to Norway to track down a missing British jockey suspected to stealing racetrack money. At the risk of revealing too much, let's just say things are not as they appear. The plot is satisfactory with probably more emphasis on action rather than detection.

With just a couple of exceptions, I could not keep the Norwegian characters straight - I don't know whether this is my problem with their Norse names or it's Mr Francis's problem with not givng them more distinct personalities.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Left Me Cold 1 février 2011
Par susan jay, author of The House of Yes - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Fortunately this wasn't my first Dick Francis novel so I knew better than to become discouraged by the substandard plot. Francis' characters are usually more likable than in this story. Even if the formula is a little predictable, following along is always enjoyable because the people involved are fun to watch. Friends betraying each other is a fortunately unpleasant rarity for Francis. The mystery also lacked the suspense and complexity of his other novels. Lastly, the setting, Norway, bored me as a back drop for this offering. Slay Ride is the only Dick Francis novel that, for me, has failed to please.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A cold end in Norway 5 avril 2010
Par Patto - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Dick Francis always teaches the reader something, and in Slay Ride we learn that there aren't many homebred jump jockeys in Norway. The population is small, with not enough racing going on. So English jockeys are often invited to ride in races.

One of these jockeys, Bob Sherman, is accused of stealing the day's take at the Øvrevoll racetrack. He's disappeared with sixteen thousand kroner. Feeling somewhat embarrassed by the incident, the British Jockey Club sends its investigator, David Cleveland, to Norway to look into the matter.

David is the usual appealing Dick Francis hero, but with charms all his own. At thirty-three, he barely looks twenty-five, so he gets no respect (at first) from the bigwigs. In fact, he's a skilled fact finder. He's trained himself to watch the movements of people's eyes, and even to sense slight disturbances in the atmosphere caused by fear or aggression in others. His carefully cultivated jungle instincts are destined to come in handy.

David's inquiry into a fairly minor theft uncovers a much bigger game. So big that he has to deal with several attempts on his life.

The cast includes some wacky characters. Like David's chauffeur, a left-wing Norwegian who drives like a maniac, his Great Dane calmly ensconced in the back seat. And then there's the paranoid Norwegian security guy who's always looking over his shoulder for attackers. And David's weird neighbor in London who can't bear noise. Women enter the picture, too, giving our hero a chance to have healthy male thoughts, politely controlled.

I knocked this book down in a day, unable to stop reading. I'd certainly recommend it, along with everything else by Dick Francis!
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Slow, Droll, Francis 28 juin 2012
Par las cosas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Dick Francis is a unusual mystery writer in his repetition of setting instead of detective. All of his books revolve around the world of horse racing, in all its tangents. The unusual slice of this milieu explored in the book is Norwegian horse racing, though we see almost nothing of the racing itself, and instead are presented with the personalities that David Cleveland, our narrator and inspector, must interview in order to figure out Who Stole the Money and Who Killed the Jockey. The individual scenes, and particularly the verbal battles between Cleveland and the various jockeys, cops, breeders and insufferable owners are, as usual with Francis, the gems in this book. There is a larger spectrum of idiosyncratic characters, and the unusual Norwegian setting has apparently given Francis the freedom to open-up his characters to fairly extreme eccentricities, including a sex while dancing scene that was simply odd.

The main characters in Francis' books may have different names, but they share many of the same characteristics. They are men connected to horse racing, but often tangentially, and they are intelligent, hard working, sober fellows with a good head on their shoulders. But what saves them from being insufferable bores is a sense of humor and modesty, characteristics much in evidence with David Cleveland.
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