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Slay Ride [Hardcover]

Dick Francis
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February 1974
In Norway, a British jockey has gone missing and investigator David Cleveland is on the trail. Bob Sherman has disappeared from Oslo racecourse and a day's takings from the turnstiles has gone with him. No one can find any trace of him, and Cleveland is everybody's last resort.
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Dick Francis has written thirty-eight bestselling thrillers set in the field of racing, of which SHATTERED (September 2000) is the most recent. He and his wife Mary divide their time between England and the British West Indies. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sub Par for Francis Jan. 15 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It had been a while since I had read anything from Dick Francis and I was in the mood for a mystery and saw Slay Ride at a used bookstore for $2.00. Let's just say it's a good thing that I didn't pay any more.
The bulk of the murder-mystery story takes place in Norway. After main character, David Cleveland is sent to investigate a death is Oslo; he is nearly killed in a boating mishap.
The book takes some predicable turns until the killer is flushed out.
By the end of the novel, I was quite bored and the end left me unfulfilled.
I am used to a better quality novel from Dick!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story and good characters June 20 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story and good characters June 20 2001
By Martha E. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Left Me Cold Feb. 1 2011
By susan jay, author of The House of Yes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable But Not Great Sept. 8 2007
By C. Schaub - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his winners Dec 17 2006
By Dabooda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This really isn't up to Mr. Francis' usual high standards. The main character is an investigator for the Jockey Club, and that is pretty much all we learn about his character or motives. He is more a plot device than a living human being with whom one can empathize. The villains aren't particularly interesting either, nor any of the supporting characters. The story could have been more involving if the characters had been better drawn, but as it is, it drags. Francis is such a fine writer that nothing he has done is totally worthless -- but this book is only worth one reading, and one puts it aside with a sigh of regret that this very skillful author didn't have the time or inclination to give us a better race.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cold end in Norway April 5 2010
By Patto - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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!
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