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Driving Force

Dick Francis

Ex-jockey Freddie Croft now runs a fleet of vehicles which transport racehorses across the British Isles and Europe. But when two of his drivers pick up a hitchhiker who ends up dead, Freddie's got a big problem. First, it quickly becomes apparent that the hitcher wasn't quite what he seemed. And second, Freddie finds that his horse boxes might just be being used for moving something a lot less legal than horses. Now he must figure out what is going on before the police, and before whoever is doing it cottons on and tries to stop him - permanently . . . Packed with intrigue and hair-raising suspense, Driving Force is just one of the many blockbuster thrillers from legendary crime writer Dick Francis.

Another week, another Dick Francis novel. Driving Force is set against the backdrop of horse transport and smuggling. I hadn't set out this year to read so many of the Francis back catalogue, but they keep appearing with regularity for 99p on the Kindle store and as a canny Yorkshire man can't resist a bargain.

This book is more the Francis formula, one that never seems to bore me. A 'good egg' is attacked and he fights back to bring the perpetrator to justice. Along the way there's at least one case of the protagonist knocked senseless in an effort to stop him, although not quite ever succeeding. Dick Francis's protagonists are made of stronger stuff than the rest of us.

So why do I keep reading them you may ask? Well truthfully I enjoy their stories. Sometimes in a book all you want is familiarity. You want a story where the good guy wins and it not to be too harrowing. Thats the secret behind this long running series. It's why i read them, why I reread them.

Another delightful story and yep, there'll be more reviewed I guess this year.

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Review by
AJ Steel
June 15, 2023

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