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Sid Halley had one good hand and another made of metal. Five hundred pounds of horse had landed on him, directly ending his career as a brilliant jockey - and indirectly ending his marriage to the woman he loved.
He had become a private investigator, quite a good one, though his new life could never erase the haunting memories of his past glories. But it was only when the wife of one of England's top trainers came to beg his help in preventing some foul play at the track that Sid Halley began to know what being haunted really was.
©1979 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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By Dennis on 02-21-10

Well written, very British

Having just finished this book I still feel the melancholy with which it was written. The book is a good piece of literature, I want to say that up front so as to not dissuade someone from listening to it. The dialog is good and Francis has a skill at turning a phrase, the story moves along well and is entertaining. Loss and melancholy are such a part of this story though that as the end unfolds you wish for some extra heroics, a chance to cheer for the underdog, but alas, it ends with the same vibe it carries all along, a bit of sadness, a bit of victory. I will read another Francis story sometime, I am glad I read this one, but not right now.

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By Ken on 10-06-11

Read this one Second

If you like one Dick Francis mystery, you will probably like them all (if you get a good reader - which is usually the case fortunately). He wrote four mysteries featuring ex-jockey Sid Halley: Odds Against (1965); Whip Hand (1979); Come to Grief (1995); and Under Orders (2006). Even though the books span 40 years, the elapsed time within/between all the stories is about 3 or 4 years. Technology advances with the times from book to book and we aren't supposed to notice that as readers. After all, it's really the mysteries and Francis' quality writing that we're here for, isn't it?

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By Amazon Customer on 12-01-15

enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of Whip Hand to be better than the print version?

No I have a vivid imagination I frequently find my internal "movie" as it were is better than the audio version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Whip Hand?

There really is not just one it is a really good story and has several vivid moments

Have you listened to any of Tony Britton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I enjoy his performances it is a shame he wasn`t around for felix francis works. this audio isn't the best quality but i do not think it is the performance it may be my download quality.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes definitely.

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By shirlzisme on 02-18-15

Gripping

Loved the second book in the series. Can't wait to listen to the next! Dick Francis knows how to write!

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