Odds Against by Dick Francis
New York : Harper & Row, 1965. Signed by Dick Francis. Hardcover. 280 pages ; 21 cm. $4.95 dust jacket, pages are unmarked, and binding is firm.
BY DICK FRANCIS
"How a great jockey can remold himself into a great detective. The same theme is illustrated by Francis himself, a magnificent jockey who has become a magnificent suspense novelist." New York Times Book Review
"Superbly told by a racing writer who once rode the nags himself" Chicago Daily News
"The 'Odds Against' any mystery fan not enjoying this latest Dick Francis novel should be too big to print on the board." Columbus (Ca.) Inquirer
Sid Halley had been one of England's most noted jockeys until the racing fall which crippled one of his hands. No longer able to race, Sid got a job (thanks, perhaps, to his father-in-law's pulling a few strings) at the Radnor Agency, which investigated, for a price, anything from missing persons to criminal cads, and which also had Guard and Divorce departments and a Racing Section. Sid was put to work in the Racing Section, which supplied guards for fancied horses and checked on bookmakers and such matters.
He rather liked the work—until he was, to his amazement, shot in the stomach by a rather timid man. That, plus the fact that Sid still missed his wife, who'd left him, depressed him— more than depressed him.
Then, as his strength returned, his father-in-law, who had remained his friend, involved Sid in a most bizarre project, which became more complex and more dangerous as Sid investigated.
Luckily, champion jockeys are tough. Sid needed to be.
Dick Francis has written another superb thriller, which will delight his fans.
"Absorbing throughout" Bing Crosby
"Don't miss this one" Publishers Weekly
"Dick Francis seems to get better with each book'.' Denver Post
"Odds Against shows his continued brilliance as a master of pace, suspense, conversation, originality and character" Buffalo Courier Express
"The boy is a fine storyteller." Red Smith
Jacket design by Frederick E. Banbery
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