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Whip Hand Sid Halley #2

Nd's top trainers came to beg his help in preventing foul play at the race track that Sid Halley began to know what being haunted really was. Dick Francis was never much for reoccurring characters However there were a couple protagonists that popped up now and again during his than five decade long career of penning bestselling award winning and brilliant suspense novels Sid Halley a personal favorite of mine made his first appearance with the release of Odds Against in 1965 In case you re unfamiliar with Sid here s the back story He was a champion steeple chase jockey but that career ended abruptly when a horse stepped directly on his left wrist and left him crippled He became a private investigator although he didn t take to the job right away Sid s left hand was later amputated following a run in with a bad guy with a steel poker and a bad temper I don t know how old I was when I started reading what would be considered adult fiction but Dick Francis was one of the first authors I really latched onto Honestly I thought I d read every book he wrote So you can imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered recently that I d somehow missed one and it featured Sid Halley In Whip Hand 1979 Sid s investigative services are very much in demand He s hired to look into some suspicious racing syndicates an alarming trend of extremely promising horses from one trainer suddenly underperforming and falling ill and a con man who has Sid s ex wife facing a possible jail sentence due to her involvement in what turns out to be a bogus charity Sid initially doesn t make much progress on any of those fronts and one person wants very badly to keep it that way He not only warns Sid off but threatens him with very specific bodily injury Bottom line he s told if he persists with his inuiries he ll be missing two hands instead of just one The message gets through and Sid backs off for a while but then events conspire to throw him back into the fray and he soon discovers there are others that will go to great and painful lengths to stop him from uncovering the truth If you can t tell I am a huge Dick Francis fan and have been for as long as I can remember In fact he was perhaps the biggest influence behind A Shot at Redemption my first mystery novel I decided that if he could write dozens of incredibly compelling and entertaining stories about horse racing a sport I know and care little about I should be able to craft at least one decent plot with short track auto racing as the backdrop My readers can judge how well I succeeded The point is Francis inspired me as a reader as well as a writer Sid Halley remains the only Dick Francis character to appear in than two books and Whip Hand is one of just two novels to win the Gold Dagger and Edgar Award In case you re wondering John le Carr s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is the other Dick Francis sadly passed away in 2010 at the age of 89 I assumed that had to be the end for Sid Halley too but he was resurrected in 2013 when Felix Francis released Dick Francis s Refusal Like all the other Sid Halley novels it s definitely worth reading I encourage you to take a look at my Turn the Page review

review Whip Hand Sid Halley #2

L on the other His new life though could never erase the haunting memories of his past glories But it was only when the wife of one of Engla. My first Dick Francis read and it was great Not all that fond of books set abroad but didn t know that when I began reading Can say though that it didn t bother or annoy me at all that it was set in England Actually learned much about England by reading the book Story was uniue and the writing was way way above average Clear clean with no excess words Dick Francis from what I ve read had no training in writing but he was a jockey so he knows his subject Look forward to reading Francis for many years and hoping the last book I read of his is only one half as good as this was It was great reading and kept me guessing with making so many turns hither and yon around the track Many than you ll find at an actual racetrack that s for damn sure Be nice if we were related too since Francis is a family name

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ChallengingFirst classTHE BALTIMORE SUNSid Halley once a jockey was now a private invesigator with only one good hand left after a horse fel. The protagonists in Dick Francis novels rarely ever made repeat appearances but one of the exceptions is Sid Halley who we see for the second time in Whip Hand Halley is a former jockey whose career was ended when a horse rolled over on him crushing his left hand The hand was ultimately amputated and he now has a prosthesis But it s impossible for him to continue riding under these circumstancesHalley has thus become a private investigator and not surprisingly a number of his cases involve the racing world In this instance the wife of a trainer approaches him and asks him to ensure the safety of one of her husband s prize race horses In the past couple of years two of his horses which were virtually guaranteed to win major races fell way short and ultimately developed health problems and had to be retired from racing The woman is afraid that it s going to happen again with a horse that s set for a big race in a couple of weeks or so She wants Halley to make sure that no one interferes with the horse but she also wants him to do so without letting her husband know that she has hired him Naturally this might be somewhat difficult but Halley accepts the assignmentInevitably of course there is something rotten if not in Denmark then at least in the racing world and vicious malevolent forces will attempt to prevent Halley from completing his appointed mission As usual Francis spins an entertaining tale and this book will appeal to his loyal readers and to others who might find a mystery set in the English racing world intriguing


10 thoughts on “Whip Hand Sid Halley #2

  1. says:

    The protagonists in Dick Francis novels rarely ever made repeat appearances but one of the exceptions is Sid Halley who we see for the second t

  2. says:

    Winning was all Winning was my function What I was there for What I wanted What I was born forIn the dream I won the race The shouting turned to cheering and the cheering lifted me up on its wings like a wave But the winning

  3. says:

    Basicallythe Dick Francis hero in each of his racing thrillers is the same personHe is decentmorally upright and very likableBut in each of the Francis bookshe appears with a different name and professionSid Halleythe protagonist of Whip Handm

  4. says:

    My first Dick Francis read and it was great Not all that fond of books set abroad but didn't know that when I began reading Can say though that it didn't bother or annoy me at all that it was set in England Actua

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    Review to follow soon

  7. says:

    Dick Francis was never much for reoccurring characters However there were a couple protagonists that popped up now and again during his than five decade long career of penning bestselling award winning and brilliant suspense novels S

  8. says:

    The second Sid Halley book read many years after the first brilliant book Retired jockey with an artificial electronic hand turned private inve

  9. says:

    198513 June 199814 Dec 2000Another reread Not one of my favorites This one was written in '65 back when Dick was trying to be so hard boiled I like the character of Sid and his father in law Charles but everything else is so grim and

  10. says:

    Note GR description states first published January 1st 1969 this is not correct as book was first published in 1979 must be a typing error

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