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Proof Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2005
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Felix Francis has assisted with the research of many of the Dick Francis novels and is the coauthor of Dead Heat, Silks, and Even Money. He lives in England.
Top Customer Reviews
That's a long way of alluding to the fact that Francis' books tend to be highly formulaic. For the most part you know what you are getting before you even open the cover. The formula consists of a highly independent, iconoclastic, extremely self-reliant protagonist who, for reasons he doesn't fathom, has become the center of a storm that, before everything has played out, will involve him in intrigue, murder and at least one act of horrific violence aimed at him personally. There will be some sort of at least marginal if not central theme of horse racing and a specific theme to the book-precious gems, photography or, in the case of Proof, the wine business.
Proof is a bit of a departure form the formula. The horrific violence is right up front in the form of a ghastly automobile accident. Tony Beach, the protagonist of this accident is present to experience it though he emerges unscathed. The accident does, however, bring him into contact with a private investigator. Their shared experience leads them to get ot know one another and the investigator, realizing Tony has some skills he needs, drags him into one of his cases. Thus Tony is an involved party to, but not the focus of the intrigue of this novel.
Moreover, Tony is not your typical Francis protagonist.Read more ›
Dick Francis is a great writer of mysteries that always revolve around horseracing life. Most of his stories are based in England and steeple chasing (not the type of horseracing we're used to here in the United States). They are interesting and educational if you know nothing about this sport. Francis does not write tales as intense as some of the American authors do, but they are definitely worth the time to read. My father got me hooked on Dick Francis and his tales of murder and mayhem, and this author will have his books read for many years. They are timeless!
Bootlegged whiskey and murder lead the hero into the not so nice side of crime in England.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like most of Francis' stories, It is superbly written, enthralling, and ends satisfactorilyPublished 11 days ago by vishniac
I really enjoy Mr. Francis' books. I'm not a racing enthusiast, but the details about racing are still interesting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bonnie Dickson
A great DF book. What he is all about. Nice crisis at the beginning, avoids cliches as much as thrillers can, and excellently written and conceived. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lars Pendicott
Typical Dick Francis, full of twists and turns, informative and informational. It is a great read and will be educational if one is interested in wine and adult beverages.Published 7 months ago by C. Daniel McClean
Tony Beach, a wine merchant with a talented palate, is enlisted to help investigate a scam involving fine wines and single malt scotches. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joe Da Rold