Even Money

Even Money

Book - 2009
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On the first day of Royal Ascot, the crowd rejoices in a string of winning favourites. Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker - taking over the family business from his grandfather - so he knows not to expect any sympathy from the punters as they count their winnings, and him his losses. He's seen the ups and downs before - but, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if it's worth it any more.

When a grey-haired man steps forward from the crowd claiming to be his father, Ned's life is thrown into far deeper turmoil. He'd been told since he was a baby that his parents had died in a car crash.

Barely an hour later - his newly-found father is stabbed by an unknown assailant in the Ascot car park. Blood oozing from his abdomen, his father warns Ned 'be very careful'. But of whom? Of what? Ned finds himself in a race to solve his father's riddles, a race where coming second could cost him more than even money, it could cost him his life . . .

Publisher: London : Penguin Group, 2009
ISBN: 9780718154585
0718154584
Branch Call Number: FIC Franc 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 381 p
Additional Contributors: Francis, Felix

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Roundcat
Sep 11, 2011

I find the Francis books great reads--well thought out mystery and solution. I have one quibble, though: The women in their books, including this one, are such sickly, weak people. When a strong female character appears, she gets passed over as somehow unsuitable and fades into the background. The strong male heroes don't seem to be able to handle a healthy give and take relationship. They're basically loners.

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cgstv
Jan 06, 2010

It's interesting how the bookies work in Britain, Great reading

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Nov 30, 2009

I am a great fan of D.F., but I found his main character in this novel to be extremely depressing. He spent too much time reflecting on how much bookies are hated. I'd give it a one star.

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