- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reissue edition (March 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425233316
- ISBN-13: 978-0425233313
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
His 30th novel shows once again why Dick Francis ( Longshot ) is a major brand name in the thriller genre; the components here include seamless and swift plotting, a wonderful mix of believable characters, suspense and a bang-on horse-racing background. Peter Darwin, a young diplomat stationed in Japan, has just landed a plum job in the English Foreign Office. Stopping in Miami on his way home, he befriends a middle-aged British couple, and comes to their rescue when they are mugged soon afterward. Shaken, they prevail on Peter's good nature, and he agrees to stay with them in Cheltenham while they prepare for their daughter's wedding. Peter soon becomes involved in helping save the reputation of the groom-to-be, a veterinary surgeon plagued by a series of mysterious equine deaths. Using his professional skills and sharp powers of observation ("The older man, noticeably top heavy . . . legs too short for his torso . . . sharp-eyed, pugnacious; a Rottweiler of a man") Peter unravels a generations-spanning skein of murder, suicide, swindling and equine cruelty. No actual racing here but the Gold Cup locale is atmospheric and the medical background fascinating and informative, notably an emergency operation on a pregnant mare. And the smart, likable hero deserves more adventures from the master. Paperback rights to Fawcett.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
YA-- A chance encounter leads Peter Darwin, a British Foreign Service officer newly posted back to England, to an involvement with the problems of a Gloucestershire vet who has lost several race horses during or after surgery. Francis's horse and racing trademarks are present here, as are his characters, who in this author's skilled hands, become as comfortable and familiar as members of one's family. The book conveys a strong sense of right and wrong, is fun to read, has an upbeat ending, and displays the same storytelling magic as always. It's a wonderful example of a book that bridges the gap between the YA and the adult novel. For horse lovers and armchair adventurers everywhere. --Pam Spencer, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The books that HE wrote. The newer ones are written by his son.
Comeback is good solid Dick Francis. The protagonist Peter Darwin, a charming young diplomat, speaks various languages, loves his parents (even his stepfather) - and is good at fixing problems and hiding his thoughts while doing so.
Peter is on his way from Japan to his next assignment in London, when he rescues an older couple from muggers. This act of spontaneous heroism involves him inextricably with the couple. In any case Peter, Vicki and Greg are all flying to England on the same plane. Peter ends up staying with them for a visit to Cheltenham, where Vicky's daughter's wedding is to take place.
This happens also to be the neighborhood where Peter spent his early boyhood. He keeps quiet about that, being a reserved fellow, but early memories arise little by little - and ultimately help him solve a troubling mystery.
The mystery evolves around the sudden death of horses that are under the care of Vicky's daughter's fiancé Ken McClure, a vet.
Sudden friendships and love at first sight play an important role in the plot. Peter puts his life and his heart at risk for people he's just met: the young vet, and a lovely young woman encountered at the races. But after all, Dick Francis himself fell in love with his wife Mary at first meeting. He knows how these things work.
Comeback is educational, as is often the case with Francis books. I got more information than I could absorb about horse surgery and care! But it was interesting.
I'd recommend Comeback wholeheartedly, especially to fans who intend to read every Francis novel.
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Kept me guessing.
Peter Darwin is my second favorite character, Sid being my first.
Watch out for......I won't give it away!