Download Epub Format ↠´ Whip Hand (Sid Halley, #2) PDF by ó Dick Francis Winning was all Winning was my function What I was there for What I wanted What I was born for.
In the dream, I won the race The shouting turned to cheering, and the cheering lifted me up on its wings, like a wave But the winning was all not the cheering I woke in the dark, as I often did, at four in the morning.
There was silence No cheering, just silence.
I could still feel the way I moved with the horse, the ripple of muscle through both of the striving bodies, uniting in one I could still feel the irons round my feet, the calves of my legs gripping, the balance, the nearness to my head of the stretching brown neck, the mane blowing in my mouth, my hands on the reins.
There came, at that point, the second awakening The real one The moment in which I first moved and opened my eyes, a Dick Francis was never much for reoccurring characters However, there were a couple protagonists that popped up now and again during his than five decade long career of penning bestselling, award winning and brilliant suspense novels Sid Halley, a personal favorite of mine, made his first appearance with the release of Odds Against in 1965 In case you re unfamiliar with Sid, here s the back story He was a champion steeple chase jockey but that career ended abruptly when a horse stepped directly on his left wrist and left him crippled He became a private investigator although he didn t take to the job right away Sid s left hand was later amputated following a run in with a bad guy with a steel poker and a bad temper I don t know how old I was when I started reading what would be considered adult fiction but Dick Francis was My first Dick Francis read and it was great Not all that fond of books set abroad but didn t know that when I began reading Can say though that it didn t bother or annoy me at all that it was set in England Actually learned much about England by reading the book Story was unique and the writing was way, way above average Clear, clean with no excess words Dick Francis, from what I ve read, had no training in writing but he was a jockey so he knows his subject Look forward to reading Francis for many years and hoping the last book I read of his is only one half as good as this was It was great reading and kept me guessing with making so many turns hither and yon around the track Many than you ll find at an actual racetrack that s for damn sure Be nice if we were related too, since Francis is a family name.
What is there to say about Dick Francis 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 The heroes aren t always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world.
But than that, Francis s heroes are rational human beings The choices made are rational choices directed by a firm objective philosophy that belies all of Francis s novels The dialogue is clear and touched with humor no matter the intensity of evil that the hero faces The hero s thoughts reveal a vulnerability that is touching, while h The second Sid Halley book, read many years after the first, brilliant book Retired jockey with an artificial electronic hand, turned private investigator, faces three tough plots at the same time, two of them including physical violence and intimidation.
ChallengingFirst Class THE BALTIMORE SUNSid Halley, Once A Jockey, Was Now A Private Invesigator With Only One Good Hand Left After A Horse Fell On The Other His New Life, Though, Could Never Erase The Haunting Memories Of His Past Glories But It Was Only When The Wife Of One Of England S Top Trainers Came To Beg His Help In Preventing Foul Play At The Race Track That Sid Halley Began To Know What Being Haunted Really Was An award winning Francis mystery, Whip Hand is not like many of the Francis books I ve read recently in that the largest majority of the book revolves around the horse racing world Francis has a knack for involving horse racing in his stories, but many, if not most of the stories also included some details about a job, a hobby, technology, business operations, or some other aspect outside of racing that is key to the story This one is most all racing related, with a bit of a side focus on a specific method of fraud that is really just a side story Since Francis seems to always include at least two non racing themes, I suspect the other non racing aspect of this book, and it s a big part of the story, is our protagonist Sid Halley talking about his disability an Dick Francis is a sadly missed favorite author, especially his knack for snappy relevant titles, and fascinating a non horse reader me Hero Sid loses the use of his hand in the series, at least once a villain tortures him in his weakest limb Ouch I still get the shivers remembering.