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This one's very good, but not quite essential. Apr 02, Lisa H. For pretty much as long as I can remember, Dick Francis books have been around, in every new and used bookstore or library - the unmistakeable design of the US hardcover editions features brightly colored covers, with a stylized horse or horses on the front, because every book includes horses: And that's OK, because Mr.
Francis started his career as a jump jockey, and For pretty much as long as I can remember, Dick Francis books have been around, in every new and used bookstore or library - the unmistakeable design of the US hardcover editions features brightly colored covers, with a stylized horse or horses on the front, because every book includes horses: Francis started his career as a jump jockey, and was the Queen Mother's personal jockey for a number of years, and turned to racing journalism when he retired from steeplechasing.
About 5 years after he retired from racing, Francis came out with his first mystery novel, and for the next 38 years he published a book a year, developing a fan base that waited eagerly for the first week of October to see what he would deliver this time. Sadly, in his wife Mary died, and it was revealed that she had always been his writing partner, even though her name never appeared on the cover.
From to there were no new Dick Francis books, and I didn't anticipate he would ever publish again, so those of us who loved his stories would just have to re-read the ones already in existence. Over and over and over. Then out of the blue for me, at least in , there was a new Sid Halley book. I suspect that Francis went back to his most popular character the only one who featured in multiple books, with the exception of the two Kit Fielding novels Break In and Bolt because its enthusiastic reception would be pretty much guaranteed.
Under Orders doesn't quite rise to the level of the previous Sid Halley books, Odds Against , Whip Hand , and Come to Grief , but it's still head and shoulders above much of the drivel that's published these days. It's like running into an old friend and discovering that you are still comfortable together and enjoy their company, despite many years of absence.
Sadly, the books since this, co-written with his son Felix and later I'm sure written solely by Felix , have been disappointing to say the least. Apr 05, Karen A. Hooray for library book sales! I had no idea Dick Francis had written a fourth Sid Halley novel until I found it in a box on a table, just waiting for me. One could read this book without having read the previous three, but I recommend reading the others first.
This one is about as good as its predecessors -- so if you enjoy 1 through 3, you'll enjoy 4. The plot ticks along briskly, and Halley remains interesting company. As usual, it's fun to spend time in the racing world with an expert guid Hooray for library book sales! As usual, it's fun to spend time in the racing world with an expert guide. I wouldn't call the characters complex, but they're not cardboard either.
Sid Halley 4 - Sid has been a private investigator for 10 years now. He's not involved in such dangerous activities as he had been, more prone to doing background checks for new employees, etc. His friend Huw Evans, a jockey, is desperate to talk with him, and they agree to meet at the races. But when Sid leaves the races early, he finds Huw's bullet-riddled body in the car park very dangerous places in Dick Francis' books. A couple of day later, the trainer that Huw rode for is found in his Sid Halley 4 - Sid has been a private investigator for 10 years now.
A couple of day later, the trainer that Huw rode for is found in his house, dead by apparent suicide. Sid believes that both deaths are murders by the same person and sets about to investigate. Sid has a girlfriend in this book, his wife by the book's end. Her name is Marina and she's Dutch and works at the cancer clinic as a researcher. When the killer attacks her instead of Sid, she is able to get DNA evidence from under her fingernails where she had scratched her attacker.
Her colleague also gets DNA from an envelope's seal that had been sent to Sid. A little dull in the first third because of long explanations of gambling odds, but not a bad read. This interesting character has lots of personality that the author should know well. I have never seen a Dick Francis story that was understanding of women or children. Some of the clues are obvious. Some times the smart jockey is quite an idiot and he does not fight well. Not my favorite Dick Francis mystery, but still OK.
View all 4 comments. Nov 25, E. As one of the last acts in the twilight of his career, Dick Francis took his favorite character, Sid Halley, out for one last race. Things have changed a bit since Sid Halley first appeared, back in As part of the time warp I mentioned in one of my earlier reviews, Sid has only aged about 10 years in the intervening 40, but he's changed a lot for all that.
He's no longer the bitter, lonely man he was at the beginning, but has success, respect, and a very attractive and intelligent girlfrien As one of the last acts in the twilight of his career, Dick Francis took his favorite character, Sid Halley, out for one last race. He's no longer the bitter, lonely man he was at the beginning, but has success, respect, and a very attractive and intelligent girlfriend--he gets a new one in each book, each one prettier, smarter, and more successful than the last one has to give Francis his due: In fact, in some ways Francis's late works come full circle back to where the earliest ones started, and engage in some of the fairly blatant wish fulfillment that we see in books like "Dead Cert.
Still, Sid Halley is such a magnetic character that it's almost impossible to go wrong with him, and there are some of Francis's trademark heart-in-your-mouth action sequences created out of seemingly ordinary, everyday materials. And if you've been following along with his adventures for all this time, it's rewarding to see him finally get all the things he deserves. What is there to say about Dick Francis? As I think about all of his books yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I've read them all I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society - either directly or indirectly.
The heroes aren't always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world. But more tha What is there to say about Dick Francis? But more than that, Francis's heroes are rational human beings.
The choices made are rational choices directed by a firm objective philosophy that belies all of Francis's novels. The dialogue is clear and touched with humor no matter the intensity of evil that the hero faces. The hero's thoughts reveal a vulnerability that is touching, while his actions are always based on doing the right thing to achieve justice.
Causing the reader to deeply care about the characters in a novel is a difficult thing to do. No such worries in a Francis novel. The point of view is first person, you are the main character as you read the story usually the character of Mr. The hero is personable, like able, non-violent but delivering swift justice with his mind rather than through physical means. This is not to say that violence is a stranger to our hero. Some of it staggering and often delivered by what we would think of normal persons living in British society.
You will come to love the world of Steeple Chase racing, you will grow a fondness for horses, stables, trainers and the people who live in that world. You will read the books, devouring one after the other and trust me Dick Francis has a lot of novels over 40 by my last count. There are several series woven into the fabric of Francis's work: Dick Francis is one of my favorite writers.
I read his books with a fierce hunger that remains insatiable and I mourn his death. After getting to the main point of the character's investigation - Sid Halley; ex-jockey and master for solving problems I discovered that I had previously read the story but in a translation - in Bulgarian; from a paperback library copy. I thought I would leave it as the plot became more and more familiar. I didn't - till 2 a.
I really enjoyed myself although it sounded familiar, because this time I was reading it in the original - the barber- sharp witty remarks are so much adding to the picture of rain, chase, racing etc. I could make use of it when I teach some terms of Biology in English. It is really stunning how detective story can give scientific explanation of DNA analysis!!!
View 1 comment. Dick Francis is my most read author for a reason. His main characters are people I like, root for and whose humor I enjoy. They are not devoid of darkness but typically accept this and try to deal with it. This is a chief aspect of literature as I like it, the journey to know and accept oneself as one tries to take the high road. Such is the case here as one of his few returning characters, Sid Halley, continues his life through challenges of divorce and disability.
There is an English reserve a Dick Francis is my most read author for a reason. There is an English reserve and quiet determination rather than desperation in these characters that I find charming and inspiring. This may have been the last mystery he wrote himself he co-wrote some with his son who is now writing books with what i consider the misleading titles Dick Francis' So in his 80's Dick Francis had lost none of his ability to inhabit a young virile character nor had he lost any of his story telling mastery.
Highly recommended. Mar 06, P. This really isn't Dick Francis at his best and at times I found my attention wandering. However it was written just after the death of his wife who had so greatly influenced many of my favourites, and towards the end of the author's own life, so one can make allowances. I wish, though, that Dick Francis hadn't revisited his Sid Halley character.
He seemed if anything rather out of character, and I didn't care for his 'fiancee' Marina either. The whole thing felt tired and a little overworked, alt This really isn't Dick Francis at his best and at times I found my attention wandering. The whole thing felt tired and a little overworked, although at times the plot showed some of the old zest and the final scene was as exciting as ever.
I have marked this book as a re-read, but I don't actually remember the first time around, so perhaps I marked it as 'read' in error! Would I read it again? I'd choose one of the others instead This was not a Dick Francis book, nor was it written by someone who knew his books well.
In the prior books, Sid Halley refuses to show his emotions, and in this book, he is practically gushing over Mariana. In the other books, Charles is a well-respected, intelligent man on whom Sid deeply relies. In this book, Charles is a drunkard. And, where's the continuity? We leave Sid falling in love with Rita, and then suddenly there's Mariana. This is very unlike Francis' earlier Sid books, where we learn the fate of girlfriends from previous books. The heart and soul of Francis is gone from this book.
All I can surmise is that Francis' wife had a much larger part in his writing than anyone knew, and that when she died, his her writing died too If you don't figure out who the murderer is early on, you've missed a big "tell. I listened to this on audiobook, and fast forwarded several times - it just wanted to get on with the story, more to confirm that I knew who the murderer was than anything else.
Francis also got bogged down in explaining molecular biology lab techniques, and he wasn't always completely accurate in his descriptions, so that was If you don't figure out who the murderer is early on, you've missed a big "tell. Francis also got bogged down in explaining molecular biology lab techniques, and he wasn't always completely accurate in his descriptions, so that was frustrating and he went on TOO long adding nothing to the story except showing that he had done some research.
So, this book is bubblegum for the brain. First time I liked this, read x, did not hold up. Too onvenient that girlfriend Marina can DNA test her fingernails' skin scrapings and identify her mugger who warned off Sid. Too much about his happy bed-time now vs passion burnout with ex.
Interspersed with boring lessons, repetitive cancer-killed wife, stable fires and betting for-against bal "Under Orders", after death of beloved researcher helper wife Mary, near last Dick Francis, maybe awkward because more influence from son Felix. Interspersed with boring lessons, repetitive cancer-killed wife, stable fires and betting for-against balance to profit. I enjoyed this story but as a recent discoverer of Dick Francis, I'm finding all the books I've read from this author have a very similar storyline: I mainly listen to them on.
Audio books. I haven't read any of Francis' books for a long time, but decided I needed to reconnect and appreciate the forthright presentation and knowledge of the racing scene. I shall have to find the ones his son has written to continue the racing venue crime novels. I believe this is the last Sid Halley book.
It's pretty good. He's got a new girlfriend who's smart and beautiful of course. Someone kills a jockey and then the jockey's trainer appears to commit suicide. Good story. Lots of info about on line betting. Was so crap and boring! What sad bastard wants to read but crime over a fucking horse race! Nice to catch up with Sid Halley again What can I say? I like Sid Halley otherwise this would have been 3 stars.
Sid Halley gaat een dagje naar de races, samen met zijn ex-schoonvader. Helaas zal de dag in een drama eindigen: Voor de dag om is, zal Sid tot over zijn oren betrokken zijn bij deze sterfgevallen. Sid Halley is namelijk niet zomaar een man. Sid is een beroemde en talentvolle jockey geweest, die bij een akelige val zijn linkerhand is kwijtgeraakt.
Als er doden vallen, weet men Sid dan ook meestal snel te vinden. Dick Francis is een van die zeldzame auteurs die zich al jarenlang niet alleen weten te handhaven, maar ook met zijn tijd meegaat. Alle boeken van Dick Francis spelen zich af in de racewereld.
Tot zover blijft alles bij het oude. In , Grevemberg opened a real estate company and was elected president of the Baton Rouge Board of Realtors. In , he received the " Realtor of the Year" designation. After returning again from military active duty in West Germany in August , he started United Guaranty Residential Insurance Company, which specialized in the sale of private mortgage insurance. Francis Grevemberg died at the age of ninety-four of acute respiratory problems stemming from surgery for a broken hip.
After her husband's death, Dorothy Grevemberg entered the Morningside Assisted Care facility in Conyers, Georgia, where she died in at the age of ninety-three. Their funeral services were private. The remains of both Grevembergs were placed in an urn in the family tomb in St. Martinville in St. Martin Parish. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Francis Grevemberg. Main article: Louisiana gubernatorial election, McGill's news article was syndicated by the Associated Press and even appears with different titles in the several regional editions of the Times-Picayune.
A web version appears at http: A detailed obituary with photograph appeared under rubric "Grevemberg" in the Times-Picayune' s death notices on November 29, , p. B6, and in a slightly different version without photograph under rubric "Francis G. Grevemberg" at http: Retrieved December 15, Retrieved September 2, Eisenhower to the Republican National Convention , had been on the ballot for governor in April , but he did not campaign, and lost to Kennon, percent.
See the Marcello article for the related conspiracy theory about the Assassination of John F. See also the Francis C. Grevemberg Collection in the Earl K. Long Library at the University of New Orleans. Nicholas Dean. Recipients of the Soldier's Medal.
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