Even Money Paperback
Part of the Francis Thriller series
"Even Money" is the gripping Dick Francis novel by Dick Francis and Felix Francis.
Royal Ascot's first day, and bookmaker Ned Talbot watches helplessly as a string of favourites come in.
With the punters totting up their winnings, he counts his losses.
Then an old man steps forward with a very different claim.
The father Ned never knew - long ago believed killed in a car crash - is standing before him.
Barely an hour later, Ned's newly-found father is dying in Ascot's car park.
Stabbed by an unknown assailant, he warns Ned 'be very careful'.
But of whom? Of what? Ned races to discover the truth behind his father's disappearance and sudden reappearance.
It's not just money on the line now. It's lives. From Felix Francis and Dick Francis, the bestselling co-authors of "Dead Heat" comes "Even Money", the latest Dick Francis novel.
Packed with all the hair-raising suspense and excitement readers know and love from Dick Francis, "Even Money" is the most thrilling yet.
Praise for the Dick Francis novels: "The Francis flair is clear for all to see". ("Daily Mail"). "Spare, efficient and unflashy ...inexorably draws you in". ("Daily Telegraph"). "The master of suspense and intrigue". ("Country Life"). "Still the master". ("Racing Post"). Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National Hunt jockeys.
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 and the biography of Lester Piggott.
Dick Francis died in February, 2010, at the age of 89, but he remains one of the greatest thriller writers of all time.
Felix Francis is the younger of Dick's two sons. Since 2006, Felix has taken a more significant role in the writing, first with "Dead Heat" and then increasingly with the bestsellers, "Silks" and "Even Money". "Crossfire" is the fourth novel of this father-and-son collaboration.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 22/07/2010
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780141048734
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Review by Elisheba
All the basics of a good Dick Francis were there - well researched niche topic to do with racing somehow, male hero beset from all sides who never the less manages to overcome all odds, and a mystery to be solved. However it just wasn't one of his best. The ending left of the 'mystery' left me a bit up in the air, and the overall ending I thought was unrealistic. I did enjoy the insight into the lead's relationship with his wife, although I feel, based on what had been said, far too optimistic a note was struck. As an easy read it will not disapoint, but there are much better Dick Francis novels out there.
Review by bsquaredinoz
The second to last book that Dick Francis co-authored with his son was Even Money. As always it features a bloke who has something to do with horse-racing (in this case he’s a bookmaker) who experiences some unexpected unrest in his life (here it is the appearance of the father he’d thought long dead followed closely by witnessing the man’s murder) which he has to resolve to his peril while dealing with day-to-day life’s tribulations (a wife with severe mental health issues and rough treatment by the ‘big boys’ of his business). I could probably have re-read any of Francis’ 41 earlier books and gotten roughly the same amount of enjoyment and comfort as I received from reading the new one but that’s kinda the point of reading Dick Francis. At least for me. While the details might change the basic formula doesn’t and when you need an engaging if not particularly surprising story which contains enough of a puzzle to keep you interested and characters you are going to enjoy watching overcome their problems (because they undoubtedly will) then Dick Francis is your man. As with most of his books, Even Money is well-written, containing enough detail about a new subject (bookmaking) to keep it interesting, and its characters are engaging. There’s even some humour which might be the influence of Francis’ son and co-author because it’s not been much of a feature of previous novels, and the depiction of someone with mental health problems and the impact this has on loved ones is very credible which shows off the good research, another feature of the Francis novels.