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Odds Against

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Product Details

  • School & Library Binding
  • Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613280040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613280044
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 191 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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The narrative is brisk and gripping and the background researched with care ... the entire story is a pleasure to relish Scotsman 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 Francis writing at his best Evening Standard --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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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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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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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I knew the book was very definitely second hand. It has been well read, but I wasn't surprised.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9be2c870) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b7c2f60) 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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d4f227c) 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
HASH(0x9bc41f78) out of 5 stars One of his early novels Aug. 28 2007
By Fred Camfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the author's early novels and the first one in the series about ex-jockey turned PI Sid Halley. This novel introduces the character, his past, his father-in-law, his work associates, etc. The first three novels about Halley, Odds Against, Whip Hand, and Come to Grief, can also be found in the combined omnibus edition, Win, Place, or Show. The novel is very good and has survived the test of time, i.e., it is still an interesting plot 40 years after it was written.

Sid Halley came from an impoverished background and had to leave school as a teenager. He was apprenticed as a jockey and by the time he was 18 her was a success. He made good investments and is also moderately wealthy. An accident ended his career as a jockey, and he has been employed, more or less, in a PI firm. Events lead him into a case involving an unscrupulous businessman who is trying to acquire racetrack property for personal profit. Like many businesses, the assets (in this case land) are undervalued in relation to the stock price, making a racetrack a takeover target.

There are some surprises as the story progresses. The novel deals with adult situations. There is little sexual content, mostly by reference, but considerable violence.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea69dec) 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea69f9c) out of 5 stars New Career Nov. 18 2007
By Nash Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A 38 slug enters Sid Haley's side and he is jerked out of a deep depression as he has watched his arm, his career and marriage ground under flashing hooves. Thus Dick Frances introduces one of his most popular characters in ODDS AGAINST.
Sid is working in a detective agency at the instigation of his ex-father-in-law, while trying to put his life of steeplechasing behind him. A small set up goes haywire and Sid is pitched into the world of racing from the outside of the rail. A job he thinks he hates until it is almost destroyed.
Fast action, great prose, tense drama, and the reader enters Sid's world. Mystery fiction at its best, told by a master of the genre.
Nash Black, author of TRAVELERS and SINS OF THE FATHERS.


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