Rob Finn was a bit of a misfit a struggling young jockey in a family of accomplished musicians, a man in love with a beautiful woman who wouldn t have him he suddenly looked like a rider who had lost his nerve Could it be, though, that the horses were unusually sluggish, and that there was something sinister attempting to sabotage him The best thriller writerRob Finn was a bit of a misfit a struggling young jockey in a family of accomplished musicians, a man in love with a beautiful woman who wouldn t have him he suddenly looked like a rider who had lost his nerve Could it be, though, that the horses were unusually sluggish, and that there was something sinister attempting to sabotage him The best thriller writer going ATLANTIC MONTHLY
Nerve Rob Finn was a bit of a misfit a struggling young jockey in a family of accomplished musicians a man in love with a beautiful woman who wouldn t have him he suddenly looked like a rider who had lost
This, the second novel by Dick Francis, was first published in 1964, and like most of his books, this one is set in the world of British horse racing The protagonist, Rob Finn, shares all the usual characteristics and the same sort of frustrated love life as the typical Francis protagonist He s quiet and self effacing, which often leads people to underestimate him But underneath, he s clever and resourceful and he has a steely resolve that does not bode well for anyone who would do an injustice [...]
It takes a special kind of passion, a special kind of nerve to do this.Rob Finn s got it Give me a horse and a race to ride it in, and I don t care if I wear silks oror pajamas I don t care if there s anyone watching or not I don t care if I don t earn much money, or if I break my bones, or if I have to starve to keep my weight down All I care about is racingracingd winning, if I can Only two years into a career as a steeplechase jockey, Rob has a reputation for being able to handle tough horses [...]
A big thank you to openlibrary for making this available as an eBook Sadly due to the nature of copyright law, this and many of Mr Francis earlier books are unavailable for the Kindle at this time.Once again Dick Francis brings to vivid life the risky business of an amateur steeplechase jockey The incidents involving the Tank Carrier and the Jaguar blocking the lane reminds me of the comment made in Goldfinger The first time is happenstance The second is coincidence and the third is enemy action [...]
There s really something to be said for good old storytelling I love this guy s characters They re not quirky or tortured or mediocre in greater measure than anyone else, and yet they re really compelling Although his books are peppered with sentences like I shivered from something other than the cold, I m simply not bothered by it, because his characters are so great and the plot is so fun Maybe my having started reading him before I had any training in writing allows me to get along so nicely [...]
This is the second Dick Francis book that I ve read and I really enjoy them They aren t overly complicated mysteries but they are fast paced and something is always happening Not to mention his books all have something to do with the horse world inly the steeplechase world.With this being Francis s second book I am trying to read them in publication order I can definitely tell his writing has improved but his style remains in tact Like his first book, his main characters seems to be a little on [...]
Four and a half stars for a galloping good read What I like about Francis earlier books is that than just detective yarns, they are stories Each character is three dimensional, a person with likes and dislikes, with a past and thoughts and ideas The attention to detail is enormous, unlike some golden age mysteries with plotholes you could drive a horse trailer through.It s interesting that so many of Francis bad guys are unbalanced, as if the tendency to do evil implied a form of madness an ide [...]
Easily the best of the 20 Dick Francis novels I have read thus far This was the 2nd novel written by Dick Francis 1964 and it is obvious he had improved and honed his writing skills during the 2 year hiatus following his first novel Dead Cert in 1962 Francis was at the top his game with this one A classic, well written punchy mystery using the British horseracing industry as a backdrop, and a novel that established Francis as a serious literary player and kick started a hugely successful 50 year [...]
I m reading Dick Francis novels according to their published date, so this was his second mystery novel I must say that compared to his first, Dead Cert, one can tell that his writing has became better It seems that he writes with ease and adds depth to the characters, scenes and the plot I ve enjoyed reading this book a lot and definitely recommend it to all Francis afficionados.
Grabbing old favorites off the shelf again Dick Francis was a British steeplechase jockey who took to writing thrillers and had a nice little second career writing international best sellers from the sixties up through the nineties Most of his books involve horse racing, and they re dependably entertaining, with plucky underdog heroes, convincingly bad villains, and just enough succinctly depicted violence to make us wince and root for the bad guy s comeuppance.In this one, a struggling jockey w [...]
I loved this book so much I read it in one sitting I m definitely going to be reading Dick Francis books in the future I feel.
Read this many, many years ago I could always depend on a Dick Francis novel for a quick, entertaining read.
I thoroughly enjoyed this page turner of a crime thriller I was aware that Dick Francis wrote horse racing related crime thrillers but had never read one before Now I understand why they are popular.Published in 1964 there are elements of the story that have dated, of course, but if, like me, you can just remember the days with no mobile phones, internet or even colour TV you will appreciate this story all the The book evokes the sixties quite well, though this was not its purpose.The story beg [...]
Finalist 1964 Gold Dagger Award.Racing related thrillers Robert Finn watches a fellow steeplechase jockey blow his brains out in the parade ring at Dunstable races, just before a race As Finn and the other jockeys cope, some better than others, with the stress of their jobs, other incidents lead him to conclude that someone is trying to destroy the lives of jockeys all over England Finn is not the average jockey The only child of famous virtuoso musicians, and the single family member to not be [...]
Nerve was British crime writer Dick Francis s second novel, and the one where he first started to perfect his formula A likable, underestimated working class hero unraveling a mystery in a world that involves horses For some people, one Francis is enough, but over the years I read and enjoyed dozens of the author s books There s something deeply satisfying about seeing the underdog triumph against powerful, arrogant adversaries, and Francis made an entire career out of this simple concept Nerve [...]
Great book VERY easy read My Grandma Judy, who is an AVID reader recommended it to me I am really glad she did I was thoroughly entertained from page one, it was totally clean, and the murder mystery plot was both intruiging and fullfilling Set in England, it was fun to interpret English words like bonnet for the hood of a car, etc Now I want to shake hands with a jockey and go bet on a Steeplechase
NERVE ExFrancis, Dick 2nd bookMysterious accidents start happening to jockeys, one man is found shot dead, while another is found with a broken leg When Robb Finn begins investigating, he finds himself caught up in a world of violence and twisted envy.Another great Dick Francis book Interesting and exciting In this book, the protagonist is in love with his cousin who is a singer of madrigals.
I love Dick Francis mysteries The main characters are fallible, but committed to a code of honor they will not break no matter what pressure is brought to bear They are resourceful, persistent and unwilling to compromise with evil They care passionately about the rights of others and defend them And there s almost always a connection to horse racing.
I love Dick Francis books I read most of them during high school and college, and now I m slowly working my way through them again I think this is probably where I got my addiction to cool, tough, laconic underdog heroes I don t know who invented that trope, but Francis sure does it well.
January 1, 1985
Took half the book to get to the actual mystery part
This is another recommendation from Nancy Pearl s Book Lust She really loved it Iought it was OK Short plot synopsis Rob Finn, the main character, is a steeplechase jockey in 1960s England He comes from a family of musicians, and is the only one without musical talent However, he s very good at riding horses, and is rapidly becoming successful in his career However, jockeys around him are falling on hard times At the beginning of the book, one of his fellow riders commits suicide as he s walking [...]
Dick Francis was well known and well loved for his taut, tightly plotted mysteries, most of them set in or around the world of horse racing Nerve has always been one of my favorites.The book begins with a bang literally Art Matthews shot himself, loudly and messily, in the center of the parade ring at Dunstable races And with that, we re off Something is deeply amiss in the racing world Jockeys are being ruined by rumor and innuendo Art s suicide and the later nervous breakdown of jockey Grant O [...]
What is there to say about Dick Francis As I think about all of his books yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I ve read them all I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society either directly or indirectly The heroes aren t always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world.But than that, Fr [...]
Audible libraryRob Finn was a bit of a misfit a struggling young jockey in a family of accomplished musicians, a man in love with a beautiful woman who wouldn t have him She loved him but felt been a cousin forbade her to marry Rob Do not know the rules but according to this book all honky dory Difference mothers So near end the ice is broken after Rob had turned to the girl when he escaped near death, chained up and hanging in a stable somewhere in a rural area just west of Uxbridge, London He [...]
I have been a Dick Francis fan for many years, which is not the same as being a mystery fan, as I read few of them However, I am a horse person and I have always loved the way he was able to convert a successful career as a steeplechase jockey riding Queen Elizabeth s horses among many others into a second career as a bestselling author The authenticity he brings to everything set around the track just leaps off the page I actually like many of these earlier books better than the later ones when [...]
This has an excellent A plot, in which Rob Finn, a struggling jockey from a family of musicians, is the target of a plot to undermine his career This book is impossible to put down starting from the first paragraph, in which a jockey shoots himself in front of Rob The B plot, in which Rob tries to court his true love who won t marry him because they re cousins, is less successful Francis is a bit hit or miss with romance Some of his romances are fantastic This one never quite worked for me Joann [...]
Rob Finn is a jockey working his way up in the ranks Most of the jobs he gets are second rate horses which aren t expected to do well Then he happens to be in the right place at the right time when a fellow jockey takes a bad fall and breaks his leg Rob is hired to ride those jobs while the other jockey recovers After he takes a spill as well, he endures a period when every horse he rides is sluggish The rumor goes around that he s lost his nerve Rob sets out to show the real reason Re read in 2 [...]
Francis second novel takes the successful formula from the first male jockey who is a bit of an underdog but comes from a background of both discreet wealth and with an upbringing which bestowed a steely resolve in our hero.The difference here though is that the case is hugely entertaining Why Britain s leading jockeys all suffering career threatening fates Rob Finn falls foul too but sets about finding out why.The depiction of a man driven is well realised and the characters are all beautifully [...]
This is Dick Francis 2nd novel, written in 1964 Robert Finn is a fairly new steeplechase jockey Other jockeys in his group are having troubles one shoots himself, one loses his job because of rumours he s giving tips, one can t get a job as he s been late a few times, and the best jockey of all breaks a bone in his leg Rob gets hired to fill in and becomes quite successful for a time Then his mounts begin to lose, and there s a rumour circulating that he s lost his nerve The last quarter of the [...]
Rob Finn, a professional jockey, is just starting to become successful in the profession he loves when suddenly it all falls apart and he is accused of having lost his nerve This isn t one of Francis memorable mysteries, but what it does feature is a lot of interesting, genuine inside information about what it is like to work as broke, unsuccessful professional jockey, handling horses that no one else wants to race, sustaining frequent injuries and constantly starving oneself to make the weight [...]