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Odds Against [School & Library Binding]

Dick Francis
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April 2000 0613280040 978-0613280044
When he wakes up in hospital with his stomach shot full of holes, private detective and former steeplechase jockey, Sid Halley has his first case for a longtime. Taken to convalesce at his father-in-law's house, Sid encounters overbearing entrepreneur, Howard Kraye, a man determined to take over Seabury Racecourse - at any price. As Sid delves deeper into Kraye's shady past of violence, fraud and brutality, he finds that a bullet in the gut may turn out to the least of his problems.
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DICK FRANCIS has written 37 international best-sellers and is widely acclaimed as one of the world's finest thriller writers. His awards include the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for best novel. In 1996, the Mystery Writers of American madehim Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement. MARTIN JARVIS has appeared in many plays and films, including JAMES CAMERON's TITANIC. In 1995 he received the British Talkies Award for Performer of the Year. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Francis Rides Again July 23 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Francis' third book, written back in the mid-Sixties, though still a great read (curious reference to The Beatles is the only jarring reminder of its time), and a wonderful example of how quickly Francis picked up his new craft. If he was as fluent, smooth, and skillful jockey as he is writer he must, indeed, have been great. This book first introduces Sid Halley, one of Francis' two recurring heroes, the jockey-turned-detective with a damaged left hand. Halley has been drifting through life since his career-ending injury; a further injury (caused by a bullet) and the not so subtle intervention of his father-in-law bring a change to his attitude, a radically different outlook, and a desire to work effectively and properly at his new job. He is badly frightened, and physically damaged ~ two things Francis excells at writing, his fear, especially, is thoroughly convincing ~ but succeeds in both defeating the baddies and renewing his life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars McShane's voice is perfect for this narration Dec 2 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
I give ***** to the verson read by Ian McShane (avoid the other readers). I enjoyed McShane's read voice. Some actor/readers, try to act took much when they read - I mean males doing higher voices for females are such a pain. McShane give the right tone, a narrator and is it an enjoyed voice that carries you vividly into the world of ex-jockey Sid Halley. Injured in a riding accident, he now is a Enquiry agent/security expert that is looking into the strange accidents happening and Seabury Race Course.
Dick Francis' writing, quite naturally, is excellent, though it is McShane excellent narration that has me listening to this tape again and again. I have given it several times and gifts and recommended it to friends. All have thanked me for the enjoy listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Francis Rides Again July 23 2000
By Elsie Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Francis' third book, written back in the mid-Sixties, though still a great read (curious reference to The Beatles is the only jarring reminder of its time), and a wonderful example of how quickly Francis picked up his new craft. If he was as fluent, smooth, and skillful jockey as he is writer he must, indeed, have been great. This book first introduces Sid Halley, one of Francis' two recurring heroes, the jockey-turned-detective with a damaged left hand. Halley has been drifting through life since his career-ending injury; a further injury (caused by a bullet) and the not so subtle intervention of his father-in-law bring a change to his attitude, a radically different outlook, and a desire to work effectively and properly at his new job. He is badly frightened, and physically damaged ~ two things Francis excells at writing, his fear, especially, is thoroughly convincing ~ but succeeds in both defeating the baddies and renewing his life.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McShane's voice is perfect for this narration Dec 2 2002
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette|Verified Purchase
I give ***** to the verson read by Ian McShane (avoid the other readers). I enjoyed McShane's read voice. Some actor/readers, try to act took much when they read - I mean males doing higher voices for females are such a pain. McShane give the right tone, a narrator and is it an enjoyed voice that carries you vividly into the world of ex-jockey Sid Halley. Injured in a riding accident, he now is a Enquiry agent/security expert that is looking into the strange accidents happening and Seabury Race Course.
Dick Francis' writing, quite naturally, is excellent, though it is McShane excellent narration that has me listening to this tape again and again. I have given it several times and gifts and recommended it to friends. All have thanked me for the enjoy listen.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting and intriguing, with an unusual protagonist June 30 2012
By danielx - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I quite enjoyed Odds Against, and found it to be an intriguing and exciting novel. Sid Halley is an unusual protagonist -- an ex-jockey who had been forced to give up his career through a fall from his horse that crippled his hand. Divorced and spiritless, he has been working for his former father-in-law's firm as a private investigator, but doing little for his paycheck.

When a group of ruthless individuals seek to sabotage a local racetrack, Sid takes on the case, and while nearly losing his life, he regains a reason for living. During the extended climax, he races against time to figure out how the racetrack has been sabotaged, being chased all the while by the killers. Oddly, the reader is not drawn into the feelings of the protagonist (despite the first- person narrative, its affect is a bit flat, compared to the pain and terror he must have felt). In addition, while Sid solves the case, the cruelty of the perpetrators is not compensated by a cathartic denouement;. Both of these features may reflect the author's goal of writing in the "hard boiled" genre. In any case, as entertainment, this work more than satisfies. I am eager to read other contributions in the Sid Halley series.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, First class suspense Feb. 18 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first book I have read by Dick Francis , and all I can say is......wow. Everything about this book was great: characters, plot, action.... I can't wait to read the next one and then all the rest of them. I especially like the fact that the hero is not some superman who is always one step ahead of a dim-witted criminal adversary, but just an ordinary joe thrust into a very bad situation. the horse racing angle is also an interesting backround. you can't miss with this one!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning to his trilogy! Oct. 25 2010
By Amanda D. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have searched high and low for this book for years before I finally found it online - for some reason it seems to have gone out of print and every copy at the library is always checked out! It's the beginning to his Sid Halley trilogy - the only trilogy ever done by Dick Francis. Great book, although I do believe he re-used some of the elements in other books - or I read the book a long, long time ago and don't remember. As always, Francis leaves you guessing until the end! He is one of the few authors I have found that I cannot always predict who did it and why - the reasons are almost as great as the person who did it! Definitely recommend it, as I do with all of his books - and this series just gets better!
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