Book Review: Come to Grief, by Dick Francis

come to griefCome to Grief by Dick Francis

When ex-jockey Sid Halley becomes convinced that one of his closest friends–and one of the racing world’s most beloved figures–is behind a series of shockingly violent acts, he faces the most troubling case of his career.

This book brings the return of narrator Sid Halley (Odds Against; Whip Hand) as the one-handed PI and ex-jockey takes on a case of multiple mutilations of thoroughbreds; unnervingly, the amputation of the animals’ front left hooves mirrors Sid’s own injury. The investigator soon realizes that the man behind the crimes is his old friend Ellis Quint, ex-gentleman jockey and now a beloved TV host.

Sick at heart, Sid builds a strong case; but, when Quint is charged, British law bars any public discussion of the case, rendering Sid mute at the huge public backlash against him.

Particularly vicious and unrelenting is The Pump, a garish tabloid. When another mutilation occurs and Ellis has a seemingly unbreakable alibi, Sid finds some odd connections between a business tycoon, The Pump’s noble owner and Ellis. Finally, the honourable, brave and thoroughly decent Sid faces his worst nightmare – the loss of his good hand – while doing what he must.

Another decent story from the Dick Francis stable (sorry).

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