Reflex

Reflex Longtime Jockey Philip Nore Suspects That A Racetrack Photographer S Fatal Accident Was Really Murder And Unravels Some Nasty Secrets Of Corruption, Blackmail, And Murder. Philip Nore is a professional jockey and an amateur photographer, and it s the latter interest that gets him into trouble in this novel Nore was acquainted with George Millace, a very good sports photographer who often frequented the race courses where Nore rode Millace has recently died in an auto accident and then, to add insult to injury, someone has burglarized and trashed his house while his wife and family were attending his funeral.There seems no larger significance to these incidents u Philip Nore is a professional jockey and an amateur photographer, and it s the latter interest that gets him into trouble in this novel Nore was acquainted with George Millace, a very good sports photographer who often frequented the race courses where Nore rode Millace has recently died in an auto accident and then, to add insult to injury, someone has burglarized and trashed his house while his wife and family were attending his funeral.There seems no larger significa
Warning Fanboy rating I ve been reading and re reading the novels of Dick Francis since the early 1990 s and I m hardly objective when it comes to judging their worth I am aware that many critics consider him a one trick pony who somehow stumbled over a succesful formula for writing murder mysteries set in and around the racing world, and then applied rinse and repeat for about fortynovels written in the same manner, with the same type of characters and the same type of plot Yet Warning Fanboy rating I ve been reading and re reading the novels of Dick Francis since the early 1990 s and I m hardly objective when it comes to judging their worth I am aware that many critics consider him a one trick pony who somehow stumbled over a succesful formula for writing murder mysteries set in and around the racing world, and then applied rinse and repeat for about fortynovels written in the same manner, with the same type of characters and the same type of plot Yet for me they arecomfort reads than guilty pleasure, as sure a thing to pick me up when I m blue as a P G Wodehouse romp
I ve said it before and here I am saying it again nobody writes candy mysteries like Francis His protagonists are likable, the villains appropriately dislikable, and you always learn something The formula is simple and consistently adhered to, but the books are not the worse for it This is a fine example of the form.The formula is pretty simple The genial and easygoing 30ish hero stumbles onto dark conspiracies in the racing world He s beaten up, but bravely faces down the villains He nar I ve said it before and here I am saying it again nobo
Loved it The technical photography info was fascinating For the times, Francis s writing on homosexuality was humane and civilized The treatment of a muted emotional life as a result of childhood damage was beautifully done Overall, one gets an im
I always enjoy reading a good Dick Francis novel Phillip Nore in this one is a really good character They are pretty clean, the language isn t too bad, and not a lot of sex Sometimes I even reread the books, because it s like being with a friend you haven t seen in several years I really enjoy the characters he uses, and also enjoy the series he writes about too I m not a gambler, but I really enjoy watching them live, as well as on screen There is a certain excitement that I don t find I always enjoy reading a good Dick Francis novel Phillip Nore in this one is a really good character They are pretty clean, the language isn t too bad, and not a lot of sex Sometimes I even reread the books, because it s like being with a friend you haven t seen in several years I really enjo
What is there to say about Dick Francis As I think about all of his books yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I ve read them all I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society either directly or indirectly The heroes aren t always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world.Buttha What is there to say about Dick Francis As I think about all of his books yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I ve read them all I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within Br
I ve read all but one of Dick Francis books Starting eons ago when I was but a mere kitten, and ending at some point in the 21st century after his wife s death when Francis son Felix started helping his papa write the books At some point in time I became aware of Dick noting in some interview or another that his books had been co written affairs with his wife And there is a definite difference between those books written prior to the wife s death, during Francis supposed solo writing career I ve read all but one of Dick Francis books Starting eons ago when I was but a mere kitten, and ending at some point in the 21st century after his wife s death when Francis son Felix started helping his papa write the books At some point in time I became aware of Dick noting in some interview or another that his books had been co written affairs with his wife And there is a definite difference be
What I like best about Francis early work is that quite aside from the mystery angle, they are stories. Good stories, well told, well plotted, with decent use of the language They don t depend too heavily on someone explaining the whole deal while we follow the main character s thought processes, we also follow him as he goes through the labyrinth that reveals the plot We are shown, not told Hallelujah Also, the characters both good and bad are people with foibles, weaknesses and strong p What I like best about Francis early work is that quite aside from the mystery angle, they are stories. Good stories, well told, well plotted, with decent use of the language They don t depend too heavily on someone explaining the whole deal while we follow the main character s thought processes, we also follow him as he goes through the labyrinth that reveals the plot We are shown, not told Hallelujah Also, the characters both good and bad are people with foibles, weaknesses and strong points Even some of the killers aren t bad to the bone , though on Planet Francis at least so far in my rereading they must of course be mentally deranged to even consider killing Quite a lot of the MC s elucubrations are on the nature of true justice, and if it is actually served by destroying the lives of inno
Reflex by Dick Francis is a camera lens term, so add that to the standard jockey hero, whose natural passivity is activated by honest integrity, and asserts justice without officialdom Narrator Philip Nore 30, was abandoned just till Saturday by his mother Caroline, dead from heroin addiction, to be raised by a series of friends Samantha he tracks down Charlie taught him photography and willed his equipment Helping injured rider Steve Millace with his crashed dead dad George
Tight writing and a not too predictable plot make this a hugely enjoyable read.

✮ Reflex  Books ✰ Author Dick Francis – Rarefishingbooks.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 287 pages
  • Reflex
  • Dick Francis
  • English
  • 23 February 2017
  • 0399125981