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Product Details

  • Series: Sid Halley (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425268543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425268544
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* In the steeplechase world, “refusal” means that a horse will not take a jump. Dick Francis’ son Felix, collaborator with his father on several novels and now the heir to his father’s line of mysteries, extends the equestrian definition to the massively banged-up (physically and emotionally) Sid Halley, who stars in a Francis novel for the first time since 2006. Halley, a champion steeplechase jockey who lost his left hand to the double whammy of a fall from a horse and an attack by a thug, long ago turned his insider’s knowledge of the race world into private investigative work. But an intense fear campaign directed at his girlfriend made him retire from the track altogether at the end of Under Orders. When the chairman of the British Racing Authority asks Halley to investigate his strong suspicion that races are being fixed, Halley refuses. Even after the chairman is found dead, threats made to Halley’s family, and his daughter placed in danger, Halley still refuses, holding onto the safety of his family, which he knows would be blown apart by his investigating the case. What finally tips Halley into changing his mind is entirely convincing, even though it ratchets up the danger for Halley and his family. This is fascinating reading on every level, from the neatly calibrated plot, moving from suspense to terror, to all the details of the racing world Francis provides. Halley is now, as before, an utterly complex, interest-holding character. And the final, moral turn that Francis makes of “refusal” is brilliant. A heroic return for Sid Halley. --Connie Fletcher --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“[Felix Francis] has one priceless advantage. He couldn’t have had a better teacher.”—The Washington Times

"Francis aficionados will hope that Felix chooses to carry on the family tradition on his own.”—Publishers Weekly 

“Francis knows how to control this wild run of a plot and also knows how to create a conflicted character in the midst of crisis. A stunning addition to the family line.”—Booklist
 

Customer Reviews

Well-developed characters, realistic situations.
Marshall Woolner
As usual the reader is sacked in to the plot and the book is hard to put down until finished.
fyregirlsmom
Felix Francis is becoming as good a writer as his father.
tom bean

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Susan on January 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I think Felix has finally hit his stride with his fathers books. This latest Sid Halley thriller was certainly up to par. I hated for the story to end.
One complaint I have had about his books is that the publisher prints an Americanized version. They change words like "flat" to "apartment" and other British terms to the American version. I find it rather annoying. For Refusal I ordered direct from Amazon.co.uk and found the telling of the story much more enjoyable and as the author intended it - in a British voice. Looks like I will begin ordering British authors from the Amazon UK site from now on.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Charles Brown on September 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The only complaint I have about Refusal is that it came to an end. Working with his father all those years has given Felix Francis a level of skill and craftsmanship to be admired.
I suppose it's obvious that Francis books have a formula: A courageous hero, slow-building menace, a point where the hero decides to fight back, and a final terrifying confrontation with the villain. But formula or not, they are pure pleasure to read.
I certainly hope Felix is hard at work with the next novel.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ellie's Reads on September 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Oh, it is just so good to be able to read a really excellent Sid Halley book again! This polished presentation of Sid's life and adventures six years after we left him in Under Orders journeys from a gentle re-introduction of my favorite ex-jockey to several spine-jarring plot twists and a villain so, well, villainous, it's almost impossible to comprehend. (Just TRY not getting emotionally involved in this one!) Several new characters in Sid's world are beautifully presented and I was pleased to find old favorites as well. A real bonus is that this thriller is extremely well crafted. The sentences, chapters, and plots simply wind effortlessly into one another to arrive ultimately at an ending that is both tremendously satisfying and a bit cliff-hangerish (leaving me hoping and longing for more time with Sid one day).

One of the most charming aspects of this story, as with all Francis books, is to be able to follow the main character's thoughts throughout; little random touches like an unexpected conversation with a psychiatrist or amusing observations of fellow passengers on a train are far from ordinary. And lovely slices of Sid's new life and the British racing scene are interspersed with surprises that will literally take your breath away. Frankly, I enjoyed BLOODLINE so much I wasn't sure if author Felix Francis could live up to my own anticipation for this new release, but he has indeed. If I were British I'd call this book smashing and brilliant. In fact, I think I'll call it that anyway. Why not? Felix Francis and Dick Francis fans should be delighted with REFUSAL.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By klmel on September 8, 2013
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I think with this book, Felix has found his voice. It is true to the character imagined by Dick Francis. But unlike, at last to me, the prior couple of books, this one did not seem a sad imitation.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. A good rainy Sunday afternoon read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Judson on September 5, 2013
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In this book Felix Francis establishes a consistent pace and rhythm and maintains it, with clear, sophisticated writing. The story and action kept me captivated and unable to anticipate the ending, while the characters and their actions remained believable. Felix has polished form in the telling of stories by his father. Highly enjoyable reading.
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I greatly enjoyed reading Felix Francis's first solo thriller, "Gamble." And I was glad to see Dick's son using his first go-it-alone Francis novel to venture beyond the family's established turf and delve into the tricky illegalities of international accounting...and doing it very, very well. But reviews here made it clear many Francis fans weren't willing to settle for anything less than a writerly reincarnation of Dick. So Felix's second go-it-alone it novel, "Bloodline," took heed and stayed firmly on track at the races.

Now, if THAT wasn't enough of a tribute to Dick, how's this for Felix's third go-it-alone novel?

Bringing back everyone's favorite Francis sleuth, Sid Halley, was a brilliant idea and the story that goes with it is too. Halley, who retired six years ago has, until now, been happily living the life of a family man and intends to keep it that way, until... The murder of a horse-racing honcho, who'd begged for Sid's help unraveling a dastardly scheme he believed would kill the sport as we know it, makes it impossible for Sid to stay uninvolved. The villain is as villainous as they come. And the story that follows is proof positive that Felix Francis is more than qualified to carry on the family name and fame. And then perchance go on to gain some fame that's distinctly his own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 9, 2013
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Excellent read, read it one sitting.
Would to have more. The son takes over and produces a quality read. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By a. mcvey on September 7, 2013
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I've been a Dick Francis fan for years and have enjoyed the collaborative books with Felix but this has become my favorite. Sid Halley in action again had me reading it all in one night. I hope Felix continues on, I want to see what happens next.
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