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ISBN10: 0399154000
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"Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than one eyebrow."

It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley. Last seen in 1995's Come to Grief, former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well-but in his day, jockeys didn't usually reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest. But this is precisely how he finds jockey Huw Walker-who, only a few hours earlier, had won the coveted Triumph Hurdle.

Just moments before the gruesome discovery, Halley had been called upon by Lord Enstone to make discreet inquiries into why his horses appeared to be on a permanent losing streak. Are races being fixed? Are bookies taking a cut? And if so, are trainers and jockeys playing a dangerous game with stakes far higher than they are realistic?

Halley's quest for answers draws him even deeper into the darker side of the race game, in a life-or-death power play that will push him to his very limits-both professionally and personally.

Review:

"Beloved series character Sid Halley, a champion jockey, makes a welcome return in the latest fast-paced crime novel from bestseller Francis (Come to Grief). When a crippling injury forces Halley into retirement, he begins a second career as a PI. Thanks to his doggedness and integrity, he attracts many clients, including a mysterious government figure who asks him to assess the unintended consequences of Britain's legalization of Internet gambling, and others who wish him to unravel the nest of puzzles surrounding the murder of a jockey, Huw Walker, suspected of throwing races. This time, the sinister forces arrayed against him have an unexpected weapon — threats of violence against Halley's new significant other. The writing and action are as crisp as ever, though longtime Francis fans may find the plot a little familiar. BOMC and Mystery Guild main selection. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Under Orders is as cleanly crafted, cleverly twisted and totally satisfying as the racetrack-based tales that he penned in his prime." Los Angeles Times

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"Francis once again demonstrates that he is in top form." Orlando Sentinel

Review:

"Under Orders doesn't disappoint as it...trots its way to the finish line." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Review:

"Stimulating characters...people this mystery, which, despite violence, death, and greed aplenty, is never depressing." Library Journal

Review:

"The plot keeps delivering shocks....Francis once again proves himself a master of detail." Booklist

Synopsis:

Sid Halley, former jockey-turned-detective, returns. Death at the races is not uncommon, but three in one day — including a winning horse and champion jockey — are more than enough to raise Halley's suspicions.

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Sid Halley returns-in a triumphant new novel from the grand master of crime fiction, Dick Francis.

About the Author

Dick Francis is the author of more than forty books, including the volume of short stories Field of 13, most recently, the New York Times bestseller Shattered, and his autobiography, The Sport of Queens. A three-time Edgar Award winner, he has also received the prestigious Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the genre. He was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1996, and was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2000. He divides his time between England and an island in the Caribbean.

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redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008 (view all comments by redrockbookworm)
I am a Dick Francis virgin, that is to say Under Orders is my first Dick Francis novel. Unlike some of the other reviewers I have no fond memories of his previous works and writing style and therefore I present my review based solely on my experience with the content contained between the covers of this book.

I was immediately drawn into this tale of a one handed former jockey, now surviving as a moderately successful P.I., and his main squeeze, a vivacious, blond, Dutch cancer research specialist as they navigate the perilous waters of steeplechase racing and internet gambling. They cross paths with a variety of characters including horse trainers and jockeys, who are suspected of being paid off to fix races, a journalist whose paparazzi tactics are less than honorable, a grieving father, an ex-member of MI5, a couple of English Lords, and a plethora of supporting cast members.

Murder, suicide, and muggings replete with an ample amount of blood and gore are the order of the day and the author's vivid description of the intricacies of internet gambling as well as his speculation as to the devious methods which could be employed by gambling site owners to ensure them windfall profits was quite enlightening.

Additionally, Mr. Francis obviously has his finger on the rather jaded pulse humanity as illustrated by an incident in his story depicting the publics' mournful reaction to the death of a racehorse and the news coverage generated by that event when compared with the apathetic reaction to the death of a jockey on the same day. It would appear that we are a species more willing to empathize with and bestow our compassion on an animal than on our fellow man.

I found this offering to be a quick read and a pleasant diversion and particularly impressive when one considers that the ingenious plot is the brainchild of an 86 year old author. Cheers to you, Mr. Francis.....and three and a half stars too.
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Elaine, November 22, 2006 (view all comments by Elaine)
Dick Francis is back in great form, and brings with him Sid Halley, one of his best characters. I had thought that he had retired after the death of his wife, but lucky for us, he is back writing again. If you've never read one of his books, you're in for a real treat - a well thought-out non-gory mystery.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399154003
Author:
Francis, Dick
Publisher:
Penguin Audio
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Horse racing
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
England
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20060926
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
8
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.30x6.30x1.36 in. 1.39 lbs.
Age Level:
14

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Product details 320 pages Putnam Publishing Group - English 9780399154003 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Beloved series character Sid Halley, a champion jockey, makes a welcome return in the latest fast-paced crime novel from bestseller Francis (Come to Grief). When a crippling injury forces Halley into retirement, he begins a second career as a PI. Thanks to his doggedness and integrity, he attracts many clients, including a mysterious government figure who asks him to assess the unintended consequences of Britain's legalization of Internet gambling, and others who wish him to unravel the nest of puzzles surrounding the murder of a jockey, Huw Walker, suspected of throwing races. This time, the sinister forces arrayed against him have an unexpected weapon — threats of violence against Halley's new significant other. The writing and action are as crisp as ever, though longtime Francis fans may find the plot a little familiar. BOMC and Mystery Guild main selection. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Under Orders is as cleanly crafted, cleverly twisted and totally satisfying as the racetrack-based tales that he penned in his prime."
"Review" by , "Francis once again demonstrates that he is in top form."
"Review" by , "Under Orders doesn't disappoint as it...trots its way to the finish line."
"Review" by , "Stimulating characters...people this mystery, which, despite violence, death, and greed aplenty, is never depressing."
"Review" by , "The plot keeps delivering shocks....Francis once again proves himself a master of detail."
"Synopsis" by , Sid Halley, former jockey-turned-detective, returns. Death at the races is not uncommon, but three in one day — including a winning horse and champion jockey — are more than enough to raise Halley's suspicions.
"Synopsis" by ,
Read by Martin Jarvis

Unabridged CDs - 8 CDs, 10 hours

Sid Halley returns-in a triumphant new novel from the grand master of crime fiction, Dick Francis.

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