Shattered - Dick Francis
When jockey Martin Stukely dies following a fall at Cheltenham races, he accidentally embroils his friend Gerard Logan in a perilous search for a stol...
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Review of "Shattered - Dick Francis"
Dick Francis was an oustanding jockey who diversified into an outstanding author who uses his equine background to great effect in his books.Shattered is different to the many other books of Francis that I have read because the racing element is barely there at all. Glass blowing is the featured ocupation in this book, and the research into this world has been done meticulously as always in Francis books. I found it fascinating and enjoyed the detail that was included.
I prefer not to give too much of the characters or the plot away in case it spoils the read for someone, but the intrigue starts very early indeed in this novel.
Gerrard Logan is the hero of the piece - a glassblower of growing repute with his own business, who gets drawn into a web of murder and intrigue. One or two of the characters I found a little unbelievable - Marigold and her chauffeur particularly coming to mind - which is unusual as Francis is normally excellent with characterisation.
As usual with Francis books, there is a romantic element that is very subtle and interesting as well as several subplots.Greed, fear,bravery and stupidity all have their part to play in a complex thriller which is quite dark in places.
A really good read which does ned some concentration in places.
Product Information : Shattered - Dick Francis
Manufacturer's product descriptionWhen jockey Martin Stukely dies following a fall at Cheltenham races, he accidentally embroils his friend Gerard Logan in a perilous search for a stolen video tape. Logan is a glass blower on the verge of widespread acclaim for the ingenuity of his work. Long accustomed to the frightful dangers inherent in molten glass, he is suddenly faced with a series of terrifying threats to his business, his courage and his life. He reckons that to survive he must find the video tape before a group of thugs who will kill to acquire it. The final race to the tape throws more hazards in Logan's way than his dead jockey friend could ever have imagined.
Author: Dick Francis
ISBN: 0276425820; 033048334X; 0399146601; 0515131210; 0718144538; 0718153545
Number of Pages: 2
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Listed on Ciao since: 04/10/2001