Dick Francis – Forfeit (1968)


Silver Age
Category: Amateur Detective
Date Finished: September 24, 2015

A British newspaper reporter on the horse racing beat for the sports section discovers a plot to force favorites to scratch just prior to the race, causing the money bet on them to be forfeited to the bookies. The reporter, James Tyrone, is a strong character, with an invalid wife and a new romance. The whole plot is a bit far fetched, with the mastermind involved with some strong arm business at the end which leads to his downfall. Couldn’t he hire some more thugs? Still an enjoyable read. I put these off for so long because of my lack of interest in horses, and, I suppose, their popularity, but they are well written. Perhaps they will become formulaic after a few, but so far so good.

Vintage Silver Bingo 2015-09-24

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