Under Orders

by Dick Francis | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9780330448338 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Rivercassini of London, Greater London United Kingdom on 10/19/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by Rivercassini from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, October 19, 2007
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Journal Entry 2 by Rivercassini from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, October 27, 2007
I enjoyed this latest outing from a thriller writer who has become somewhat of an institution in the crime genre. Its six years since Francis’ last book, and about forty years since his first, and certainly his style and approach have changed. There is more politics and more social commentary in this book than I remember in any of this others and, as some other reviewers have mentioned, it does feel at times a little ham-fisted and simplistic. But it is also minimal and easily disregarded. What Under Orders does have in its favour is all the classic elements of a great Francis thriller. Fast paced (once you get past the first 50 pages or so), well-plotted, convincing and credible, Under Orders may not be Francis’ best, but it is still very good.

Sid Halley – the crippled ex-jockey hero of three previous novels – is quickly embroiled in a tale of race fixing, jealously, adulterous affairs and double murder. Characterisation has never been Francis’ strong point, but who cares. Sid is vulnerable and invincible, and surely this is just what is needed in a private detective from the Francis’ stable.

Under Orders isn’t profound, it isn’t life-changing, it isn’t polemic and it isn’t edifying. But it doesn’t pretend to be either. It is a rare book in that it does exactly what it says on the tin – pure entertainment. And it does that very, very well.

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