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  1. Dick Francis's Bloodline
    Dick Francis's Bloodline
    Dick Francis's Bloodline
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  2. Dick Francis's Bloodline

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When race caller and television presenter Mark Shillingford calls a race in which his twin sister, Clare, an accomplished and successful jockey, comes in second when she could have won, he believes the worst: that she lost on purpose, and the race was fixed. That night, Mark confronts Clare with his suspicions, she storms off after an argument—and it’s the last time Mark sees her alive. Hours later, Clare jumps to her death from the balcony of a London hotel . . . or so it seems.

Devastated and guilty over her death, Mark goes in search of answers. What had led Clare to take her own life? Or was it not suicide at all?

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Last time, in "Gamble," Felix Francis's first go-it-alone novel since his father's death, the second son of the the late Queen Mother's former jockey spread his wings a bit and ventured beyond horseracing to also include and encompass the worlds of dodgy accounting and internet gambling. Which I greatly enjoyed. And I hope he'll be doing more of that. But this time, it's all back to the world of horseracing.

"Bloodline's" hero, Mark Shillingford, is a TV race commentator who has just witnessed his twin sister, Clare, a jockey, lose a race on purpose. Within hours of his confronting her on this, she'll be found dead on the sidewalk under a London hotel balcony. Accident? Murder? Suicide? What was it? Later, while going through her things, Mark discovers that Clare had been being blackmailed. And, in short order, he'll find that she wasn't the only one. The plot thickens. And danger lurks.

I think Felix Francis is a terrific mystery writer. And I... Read more
I have given Felix Francis a chance. I read the ones he wrote with his inestimable father Dick Francis, and the one he wrote alone before Bloodline. They go from acceptable to not - and by the time we arrived at Bloodline, we have arrived at awful. I will not be reading his work again. He does not handle English well. His sentences are boring. His plot is thin. His understanding of human nature is totally missing. Sorry, but just don't bother. However, if you have not read any or all of Dick Francis's books, you are in for a rare treat. I recommend them all. Whip Hand is my favorite, but choose any one and you will be glad to have done so.
I agree with some of the more critical comments that have been posted, especially with respect to excessive, repetitive detail and poorly developed and/or seemingly unconnected storylines. These are the errors of a competent researcher (the role Felix Francis played in support of many of his father's books) who has not yet paid sufficient attention to character development and plot (his father's main strengths). Unless he learns to tell more interesting and suspenseful stories, he certainly will lose me as a reader. (And he should either learn to write a convincing sex scene or leave such interludes to the reader's imagination!)

And yet -- this book wasn't a total dud. Parts of it, especially the beginning section leading up to the death of the protagonist's sister and the denouement, were relatively taut and suspenseful. As a whole, the book was perhaps as good as the five weakest of Dick Francis's novels -- no better, but no worse. This suggests to me that Felix... Read more
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