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Dead Heat Paperback – September 2, 2008
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Was this the end?
Then came Dead Heat.
It's got that poor guy who gets beat up and in over his head. It's got that bulldog determination to right a wrong, and get the bad guys. And it's got horses and horse racing.
In other words, it is definitely Dick Francis. However, this time it is Dick Francis and son (Felix).
The plot line is intriguing and sharp. Culinary mastermind Max puts together a catered dinner for 200 and most become desperately ill with "food poisoning." To make matters worse (much worse), the very next day, a bomb goes off in Max's next meal event.
What is a restauranteur to do?
Find out "who dun-nit."
And that Max attempts to do, in typical Dick Francis style and grit.
You know, his novels aren't great literature. They are just plain fun. Max is a realistic character, with his own set of trials and tribulations. But he's pissed off that somebody is trying to wreak his restaurant and his good name.
He happens to also fall in love with something attached to a viola.
So, welcome back to Mr. Francis, and welcome forward to son Felix. I know that I speak for other Dick Francis fans in saying we look forward to your next installment!
A classic Francis page-turner calls for, among other things, the protagonist not only to be hellaciously roughed up and tossed about but to also stoically endure the doing so. Locally famous chef/restaurateur Max Moreton certainly fits that bill as the pages open with him spending a mortifying, pain-wracked night in the loo, victim to food poisoning ostensibly by his own hands. And that's only the start of Max's bad road. He promptly discovers that that evening's clientele had also suffered from food poisoning. The next day finds his restaurant being shut down awaiting a public health inspection. The day gets even worse as Max then survives a shocking bomb explosion at a privately catered race track event. Now, with allegations made against his livelihood and his life on the line, Max, stubborn cuss that he is, determines to get to the bottom of things. It's not a smart move.
DEAD HEAT is the second book written by Dick Francis after the passing of his beloved Mary and a 6 year hiatus. 2006's Under Orders was good enough and enjoyable enough that it was reasonable to think that the old master was indeed back and without having missed a beat. Now here's DEAD HEAT.Read more ›
Restaurants and race tracks, salmonella and bombs, a man afraid of hores yet loves race horses, what a great mixture for a Francis novel. I think Mr. Francis is a writer who in later years has branched out to write broader novels than at the beginning. Sadly many writers only have one book in them and continue to rewrite that book their entire careers. Not so Dick Francis, and I strongly disagree with any who say his books aren't as enjoyable today as in the past. True they are different, they have taken different paths to story telling, but all are very good, enjoyable fictional reads.
I am one who joined Francis years back for the horse racing, but the surrounding world of racing and its colorful characters is just as enjoyable. Keep writing them Mr. Francis anyway you see fit, they are afterall your books, we just read and enjoy them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favorite author....read part of one of his books every night before sleepPublished 3 months ago by Anthony T. Grudnoski
I enjoyed every bit of this story, and loved the character development and the personal side of the story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gmarx
A fun read with the bonus of learning about the life of a chef and restaurant owner.Published 7 months ago by Jay Sage
I like both Dick Francis and Felix Francis, but I did find this rather too full of the kitchen and cooking, and the romance a bit contrived.
A good read though and recommended
I like Dick Francis books. This is co-written. I found the story overly long. It needs a review and rewrite by the Condensed Books staff. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Emma
i REALLY ENJOY FELIX FRANCIS WORK. I ENJOYED HIS DAD AND AM VERY GLAD HE IS CONTINUING THE WRITING,.Published 11 months ago by Marjorie Drexler