Wild Horses ~ by Dick Francis

Wild Horses
by Dick Francis
1994 / 

This is the 33rd novel by Dick Francis, the amazing jockey and author of over 40 international best sellers.   These are some of my go-to books when I’m really at a loss as to what I’m in the mood for.  There is no real series about the books of Dick Francis as almost all of them  have different 1st person protagonists who are usually very similar. They are generally single, involved in horse racing and with a monied background. ‘

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Wild Horses
by Dick Francis
1994 / 388 pages
Read by Simon Prebble – 10h 30m
rating: A+ / mystery
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This is the 33rd novel by Dick Francis, the amazing jockey and author of over 40 international best sellers.   These are some of my go-to books when I’m really at a loss as to what I’m in the mood for.  There is no real series about the books of Dick Francis as almost all of them  have different 1st person protagonists who are usually very similar. They are generally single, involved in horse racing and with a monied background.  

In Wild Hoses Thomas Lyon is directing a movie based on a best selling novel by an author who is advising on the set – this in itself creates a lot of tension because the book is based on the true story of a possible murder. 

Valentine Clark, an 80+ year old, horse shoer, is dying.  With Thomas Llyon,  the 1st person narrator of most parts, he pleads for absolution for having killed someone.  He wants a priest and imagines Thomas  to be one.  “I killed the Cornish boy.”   

Valentine had been the shoemaker of racing horses and invented the horseshoe nail.   He was also a writer, an “honored institution in print.” 

This tale can be a bit difficult to follow as there are three separate threads each of which include the protagonist in different touchy situations. The first is with Dorothea Pannier, the widowed sister of Valentine who is  his close friend,. The widow’s son, Paul,  also features prominently.  

The second scenario is concerned with the production of a movie based on a best-selling book which a touchy writer has written.  Our protagonist is the director of that movie and he has to deal with the writer as well as the male star.  

 The third scenario is about the real murder mystery behind the movie which, at the time of production,  is still unsolved.  Between the Panniers, the movie crew and the folks of the original mystery, there are lots of characters 

 Horses are always involved in Francis’ books and Wild Horses is no different.  

These books are so good and Simon Prebble is such a good reader – I’m sorry to see them end.  

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2 Responses to Wild Horses ~ by Dick Francis

  1. Dagny says:

    Holy cow! Hard to believe he’s already written so many and I’ve read – maybe 1 or 2 max. I do tend to focus on series.

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