05 February 2010

Wild Horses by Dick Francis

My first review of a Dick Francis novel was appreciative but not wowed. I stand by it. But having just read Francis's Wild Horses, in all fairness I should review it because it is a much better book. It's not often a mystery writer can lead me up the garden path, but Francis managed it with one of the sub-mysteries.

Woven into the characters are interesting reflections on the experience of old age and a very interesting discussion on the value of entertainment as a profession occurs later in the book.

The framework of making a movie makes for a tight, tense plot with the action accelerating.

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