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Flying Finish (Francis Thriller)

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Like many of Dick Francis' protagonists, The main character isn't very aware of his own abilities, appeal, and strengths. When employees of the horse transporting agency begin disappearing Grey inquires into their disappearances.The plot is overly complicated and almost doesn't work, but the final chapters were so believably terrifying that I found my heart pounding right up to the Flying Finish. When you are going at high speed and overbalance a stoppie, you'll slide along the ground for a few meters, so you can slide over the finish line. This, and other similar, casually tossed off asides are instrumental in keeping us intrigued as the mystery builds until Henry finally begins to peel back the curtain. Dick Francis, Edgar Award–winning master of mystery and suspense, takes you into the thrilling world of horse racing.

I understand that the author was really into flying, but he doesn't infodump on horse racing, so why does he infodump on flight controls and procedures?The youngest child of rich, neglectful parents, Henry Grey was occasionally accused of being an overgrown brat. But all Henry wanted was a career that would bring him some genuine fulfilment, a little adventure, and a chance to prove his true character. 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.

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