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Break In

Break In

Escrito por Dick Francis

Narrado por Simon Prebble


Break In

Escrito por Dick Francis

Narrado por Simon Prebble

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (17 valoraciones)
Longitud:
9 horas
Publicado:
Jan 24, 2000
ISBN:
9781461810407
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

Jockey Kit Fielding has been riding the de Brescou's horses in a succession of triumphs on the race course. But this winning streak is about to end. Kit's twin sister, Holly, has come to him in desperation. Threatened by financial scandal, she and her husband may lose their training stables. Kit soon finds, though, that a greater danger lurks behind the threat-one that could be fatal. Narrator Simon Prebble has received enthusiastic praise for his superb performances of the Dick Francis novels. His sophisticated British voice is perfect for Kit Fielding, the elegant duchess who employs him, and the other polished residents of the horse racing world.
Publicado:
Jan 24, 2000
ISBN:
9781461810407
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

Dick Francis (pictured with his son Felix Francis) was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster. He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957, he published an autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks. A three-time Edgar Award winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger, was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000. He died in February 2010, at age eighty-nine, and remains among the greatest thriller writers of all time.

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  • (3/5)
    Middling. The telepathy and age-old family feud are just annoying. The individual personalities of the horses are enjoyable. The period detail, like the primitiveness of the wire-tapping, is fun. The jockey is a tall steeplechase jockey, perpetually starved, which makes for a bit of humor.
  • (4/5)
    This is classic Dick Francis. A tough, resourceful, smart young man dealing with troubles besetting his twin sister and her husband because of his father, finding his way through unfamiliar territory with determined clear sightedness, and impressing the right women in the best way.
  • (5/5)
    Steeplechase jockey Kit Fielding is at the peak of his career when his tranquility is disturbed by his twin Holly’s troubles. Holly is married to trainer Bobby Allardeck, and their business is under siege by an anonymous newspaper campaign aimed at their creditors. Under any other circumstances it would be unthinkable for a Fielding to come to the aid of an Allardeck since these families have been feuding for generations, but Kit’s love for his sister and his liking for his brother-in-law far outweigh inherited grudges. As Kit digs deeper into the conspiracy, he receives timely assistance from some unlikely sources.I have a fondness for books about twins that probably stems from all the Bobbsey Twins mysteries I read in my childhood. Kit is a strong, intelligent, and moral hero with a circle of loyal friends who are interesting in their own right. I’m glad that this book is an exception to Francis’s stand-alone works, and that I have one more opportunity awaiting to immerse myself in Kit’s world.
  • (3/5)
    England, ca 1982Kit Fielding er steeplechase jockey. Han har en tvillingesøster Holly, som er gift med Bobby Allerdeck, som igen er søn i en familie, der har ligget i krig med familien Fielding i flere generationer. Holly beder Kit om at hjælpe, for Bobby er ved at blive ruineret af dårlig presseomtale. Kit kan egentlig godt lide Bobby, så han accepterer at hjælpe, selv om han godt ved at det ikke ville være i hans afdøde faders ånd. Bedstefaderen er også blevet mildere med årene, men Bobbys far Maynard Allerdeck er stadig et førsteklasses røvhul og har slået hånden af Bobby, da denne giftede sig med en Spalding. (Der er næsten lidt Romeo og Julie over denne Allerdeck/Spalding forening.)Der er noget telepati-fims om at Kit kan læse Hollys tanker en gang imellem og ditto med heste og selv med fremmede engang imellem. Fx gætter han at Holly er gravid, næsten inden hun selv ved det.Plottet mod Bobby viser sig måske i virkeligheden at være mest møntet på at ramme hans far. Nogen har gjort sig stor umage med at få smudsavisen The Flag til at køre kampagne mod Bobby. De har skrevet at det er småt med penge og at kreditorerne ikke har sikkerhed for deres tilgodehavende og for at sprede det "gode" budskab har avisens folk streget artiklen ind med rødt og leveret avisen til døren uset og tidligt om morgenen til alle dem, der leverer til Bobby. Den relevante information har de fået ved at aflytte Bobbys telefon, hvilket selvfølgelig er ulovligt, men Bobby ville aldrig have fået mistanke, før det var for sent. Kit hjælper Bobby med at identificere aflytterne og de kan spores tilbage til The Flag. Kit truer The Flag til at love et dementi og kompensation til Kit. Han får også fundet ud af at Maynard Allerdeck rigtigt gerne vil have en adelstitel og at nogen rigtigt gerne vil forpurre det. Kit er nu ved at nå frem til sagens kerne, for han bliver overfaldet af to mænd med knive og kun reddet fordi prinsessens chauffør er på stikkerne. Allerdeck Senior har tjent sine penge på at være et dumt svin indenfor lovens rammer. Fx ved at låne folk penge mod sikkerhed i noget, han ved og de ikke ved er meget værd. På det for ham rigtige tidspunkt trækker han så lånet tilbage og overtager værdierne. Det er for eksempel sket for et ældre ægtepar med en hest, som Allerdeck overtog for 10000 pund og solgte videre for millioner, da den havde vundet første løb. Det skal også siges at han ikke slog en streg over deres gamle gæld, endsige bare en del af den.Kit fortsætter med at grave i sagen og finder ud af at en Lord Vaughnley måske står bag.The Flag kommer rigtig skidt fra at true Kit endnu en gang og i stedet for 10000 pund forlanger han nu 100000 pund og har i sinde at genere dem ovenikøbet.Det er ikke let at finde nogen at holde med, for Maynard er et rigtigt dumt svin, men til gengæld skyer Vaughnley og en anden avismagnat Nestor Pollgate (som han er allieret med i hadet til Maynard) ikke rigtigt nogle midler for at tryne Maynard. Kit holder begge parter op på deres ugerninger og truer dem til at betale 350000 pund tilsammen til Bobby.Undervejs bliver prinsessens niece, Danielle, og Kit forelskede i hinanden og da Kit på et tidspunkt er i livsfare (Maynard forsøger at få Bobby til at skyde Kit og det er lige ved at lykkes) opdager de at Danielle og Kit også kan nå hinanden med telepati. Bobby og Holly er nu relativt på den grønne gren rent økonomisk og de venter barn, så bortset fra at Bobby har fået en grimt indblik i præcist hvor stor et røvhul hans far er, så ender historien godt.Den åh så gode helt får bugt med alle de åh så onde skurke. Sødsuppe med papfigurer, men underholdende. Prinsesse Casilia fungerer som lidt kongerøgelse og undervejs rider Kit en hel del løb og vinder de fleste af dem. Prinsessen bruger en træner ved navn Wykeham og han er ved at blive smådement, men han er stadig god til at lave vindere.
  • (4/5)
    In light of recent events involving Rupert Murdoch, Francis seems prescient in this 1980s novel set when tapping a phone meant someone had to get up on a ladder. I've been noticing that Francis's villains often seem a little too bad to be true, and that applies here. But it makes the hero's eventual success all the more satisfying.
  • (5/5)
    Dick Francis is one of my favorite authors. I always enjoy his books. Good character development.
  • (3/5)
    Dick Francis does not cheat or cut corners when he writes. He tells the story straight and doesn't throw in something at the end that he has held in secret from the reader in order to solve the mystery. He doesn't use tricks but, come on, Kit is just to wonderful for words. Everyone else is inept and unable to do anything. Everyone counts on him for everything, defers to him, and he always wins. Gets on your nerves by the end of the book.
  • (4/5)
    Another of Dick's better books, although it does feature a fairly preposterous plotline - physic twins, Kit Fielding and his sister Holly. However as Kit is a jockey this is one of the books where we get some actual horseracing, always Dirk's strongest point.Kit is pretty much a champion hurdler jockey and one of his main horses' owners is a foreign princess. Just before an important ride Holly comes begging for help, her husband is being ruined by some scandelous newspaper articles. Holly's husband is the son of a family Enemy but the ancient quarrel appears not to have lasted to this generation. Kit investigates the murky world of newspaper publishing and comes across various intreging women and power hungrey moguls.Its a thin trite plot, but shallwo characters, but its also packed full of action and adventure, well written tightly flowing and personable too. Light but good fun.
  • (5/5)
    Kit Fielding #1: a jockey battles to save his brother in law's reputation, threatened by a vicious newspaper campaign. A family feud between Allardecks and Fieldings makes this especially challenging. This series is one of my favourites to re-read every couple of years.