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The first three were written by Dick Francis, but after a long life and very prolific writing career, he rode off into the sunset. Dick Francis novels were a familiar fixture in our household when I was growing up, as both my parents loved his books. What Sid discovers is that it is one agent in particular responsible for the fraud, and he brings in Chico Barnes to help after he had been threatened.

This one gallops apace, the excellent Chico Barnes makes an appearance too and I simply raced through it and couldn’t put it down.His marriage in on the rocks and despite giving up investigating, he's drawn into another mystery when one of his friend's stables is burnt down. Can Sid get to the bottom of what's going on before he too becomes a victim, while, at the same time, saving his marriage?

Sid Halley, a private investigator, has a new left hand, having had a transplant since his last appearance in Refusal. Hands Down is the 6th mystery featuring Sid Halley, written by Felix Francis around characters originated by his late father, Dick Francis. Hands Down is pure storytelling, wonderfully written, which had me hooked from the opening pages, it is a read which you need to know what is going to happen next and in which direction is the author going to take. In 1996 I left Australia fr the first time, arrived in London and had to stay in accommodation for one night before moving to Sydenham for my course the following afternoon. Suffice it to say the story held me captive for a few good hours - well written with plenty of action.Don't worry if you, like me have forgotten the details of Sid Halley's life and, notably, how he lost his hand because yes, it has been a while and more importantly, Francis does a good job of catching you up, making this both a good addition to the series and a fine standalone. The drips and drops of details, even entire plots, that had precipitated into my brain would have splished and splashed into even smaller drops to be carried along with the churning river of drips from the thrilling (or not) pages of the hundreds of whodunnits I have read, mixing up the characters, settings, and plots until I wouldn’t be able to distinguish one from the other, or sometimes even forgetting that I had ever read it! This cuts into proceeds and earnings for the riders and the trainers, but on agent outfit gets its claws into both groups through some pretty easily arranged blackmail. Thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review a pre-release copy - and keep me in mind when the next one drops.

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