“Did she die in a car crash too?” I said with a touch of cruelty in my voice. The dialogue and the spare crisp writing style are muted but the ordinary business man placed in a bad situation who has to get even against the evil bad man without resorting to the help of the police. I think it's been several years since the last time I read Dick Francis. More of a surprise.”. He gives far too much information on betting and how odds are set to the reader--to the point of including tables at the first of the book. Damn Internet link went down.”. So I ran away.”, “Australia,” he said. I had read most of Dick Francis's novels many years ago - long enough that I can't fairly compare the writing style but this book kept me interested from early on. This rucksack and its contents provide the main narrative engine of "Even Money." I enjoyed this mystery, but it's not the usual 300 page Francis thrill ride. Your email address will not be published. The crowd had mostly dispersed to the parking lots by the time Luca, Betsy and I had packed up the majority of our gear and loaded it onto our little wheeled trolley that ingeniously doubled up as a base for our computer during the racing. When I had started working for my grandfather I had been his “runner.” It had been my job to take cash from his hand and use it to back a horse with other bookmakers, a horse on which he had taken some large bets, in order to spread his risk. Author : Dick Francis, Felix Francis (Goodreads Author) Format : Paperback: Pickup Date & Time. “I’d love one,” I said, looking up at him. At one point they stopped and embraced before disappearing out of my sight into the grandstand. Track bets are placed with independent, legally licensed bookies who individually set the odds and maintain a complex system of accepting bets and protecting their bottom line. You won't be disappointed. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. It was my surname on our board, and I was the handler of the punters’ cash, but, in truth, it was Luca with his computer who was the real bookmaker, betting online and setting our board prices to always try to keep our predicted return greater than one hundred percent, as indicated on his screen. “Twenty pounds, horse two,” said another man taking the plunge. He looked down. If you want to talk, come back later—after the last. “So go away. Yes, I decided, it did. “Why did you leave?” I asked him. “Good luck,” I repeated. I sank deeper into depression as the Royal Ascot crowd I enthusiastically cheered home another short-priced winning favorite. If you want a book where the hero has the heart of a Sid Halley then this not the one, but if you want to read a Francis book where the protagonist is forced to get a heart, then this book is for you. The father Ned never knew - long ago believed killed in a car crash - is standing before him.Barely an hour later, Ned's newly-found father is dying in Ascot's car park. But for some reason the story never completely pulled me in. Another Great one done by Father and Son. I took the slip from the printer and handed it to the man standing patiently in front of me. “You haven’t wanted to for the last thirty-seven years.”. All have been exciting, quick reads, perfect for the summer. Bookies may be universally despised in the racing world, but Ned Talbot is a good guy. I took hold of the handle and released the brakes from the wheels. I glanced up at the man in front of me and then back down at the picture. He is not your usual private eye who deals with bad guys all the time and he mostly doesn't bring the trouble on but when it occurs he hits back and hits hard. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Ned races to discover the truth behind his father's disappearance and sudden reappearance. It kept a running tally of all the bets that we had taken, and also constantly updated our profit or liability for every possible outcome of the race. I stopped pulling and turned around. With you.”. Another Francis novel and another mystery. Add in some little touches that make it up to date (I loved that Ned uses Google Earth) and the authoritative details about bookmaking, and the sum is a truly satisfying entertainment. The key elements are all here: the horseracing milieu, the damaged hero, various moral dilemmas, the easygoing first-person narration, at least one scene of brutal violence, the presentation of a lot of information about some romantically arcane subject (e.g., wine, investment banking, photography) and, of course, a more or less happy endi. “Edward, don’t be stupid,” he said, picking at his fingers. Now, please move aside.”. “Exactly how well did you know my grandfather?” I asked him. But by producing a book a year up until 2000, Francis firmly established himself as a brand name, the purveyor of reliable, literate entertainment. Jarvis renders humor and love authentically. I just loved this book I have all your library you are one of my favourite authors but what’s with all the small paragraphs in Even Money then the big gaps between them, this book was really only half a book. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. The two again collaborated on "Silks" last year and now again on "Even Money." They learn, over time, which horses run consistently to form and which do not. Not even my grandfather had called me Edward, except, that is, when he was cross with me or I had done something naughty as a child. This story had a decent mystery, but the ending wasn't a surprise to me. 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