September 2013 Book of the Month.
A tale of race fixing and deadly intrigue in the racing world from the pen of Dick Francis’ younger son, Felix. Sid Halley, a former British jump racing Champion Jockey and private detective (and a recurring character in Francis novels) turns down a job to investigate race fixing and in doing so inadvertently puts his family in mortal danger. But he will stop at nothing to keep them safe.
Refusal is his third solo novel after Bloodline and Gamble and it is clear the champion winning thriller writing genes have been passed on for our enjoyment.
Feel the tension ratchet up in Refusal, Felix Francis' third solo novel. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the horse racing authority, wants Sid Halley to look into some suspicious race results, but Sid gave up the investigating business six years ago and he thought nothing could make him go back. He thought wrong. The following day, Sir Richard is found dead and Sid receives a threatening call from a man with an Irish accent. The man insists that Sid Halley should investigate the alleged race-fixing and it is only when his six-year-old daughter goes missing that Sid realises that he may pay the ultimate price for his refusal. With his life in tatters and his family in mortal danger, Sid is forced to act. Maybe he has underestimated the evilness of his foe, but has his foe underestimated the guile and determination of Sid Halley? Extreme situations demand extreme solutions and Sid is desperate to get his life back, or die trying...
Praise for Dick Francis and Felix Francis:
'From winning post to top of the bestseller list, time after time.' Sunday Times
'The Francis flair is clear for all to see.' Daily Mail
'The master of suspense and intrigue.' Country Life
Publication date: 12/09/2013
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||12th September 2013|
|Publisher:||Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,|
Felix Francis is Dick Francis’s youngest son. Born in 1953, Felix studied Physics and Electronics at London University and then embarked upon a 17 year career teaching Advanced Level physics at three schools, the last seven as head of the science department at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire. Felix remembers conversations around the Francis breakfast table being somewhat unconventional. “The production of a Dick Francis novel has always been a mixture of inspiration, perspiration and teamwork. The first one was published when I was nine, and I grew up in a house where breakfast talk would be about the damage ...More About Felix Francis