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The Danger by Dick Francis

The Danger (original 1984; edition 2010)

by Dick Francis

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Title:The Danger
Authors:Dick Francis
Info:Berkley (2010), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
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The Danger by Dick Francis (1984)



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Obligatory cheesy romance involving phlegmatic, courageous, compassionate, gentlemanly Englishman. Lots of people tell him how great he his, and he is impressed by their perceptiveness. On the other hand, the details of the different kidnappings are generally well-thought out, and the book actually provokes some thought about the vulnerability of people to kidnap.

When the protagonist is acting as his employer's chauffeur he plays dumb, pretending he doesn't know what is going on. The kidnapper falls for this, inexplicably; I would have stabbed him on the spot. Ending is cliche. ( )
  themulhern | Dec 5, 2014 |
Bogen kan være fint tidsfordriv i sommerferien - men stor litteratur er det ikke. Jeg fik bogen af min nabo og har smidt den ud efter jeg har læst den... ( )
  ulriklumborg | Jun 17, 2013 |
Here is not much difference between a kidnapper and Mr. Andrew Douglas, they are almost synonymous except for the part that they are each others adversary. One does it and the other prevents it.
Most of us get hysterical by mere mentioned by the word kidnap forget about actually tackling it but you see, for Andrew it’s a piece of cake, it’s his bread and butter it’s what he does for a living . So if you deal with something on a daily basis then you become exceptionally good at it and so is Andrew, in dealing with kidnappings. So when this case in Italy pops up, it doesn’t get more than its share of attention. This case involved a female jockey named Alessia who also daughter of a millionaire being abducted. And then there were complexities , the ransom job was bungled by the Italian carabenerie.
But alas Alessia was rescued with the payment of the ransom money behind the police ‘s back. Victim rescued , kidnappers nabbed, therefore case closed.
But then there were two more kidnappings of similar types in London and Washington and both related to the racing world, this made Andrew sceptical about all these cases being related. Is it a job of single mastermind, then what about the kidnappers who were caught in Italy??? Were they a deceit to allow the original kidnapper to flee??? With all these questions Andrew embarks on the journey to unveil an intriguing tale of money, fame and deceit.
This is my chance encounter with Mr. Dick Francis, in the absence of my regular mystery writers I gave Mr Francis a chance. And to my surprise I was quite taken aback with his novelty and style.The story is terse yet elaborate,simple yet complex . The story is able to catch and hold your attention at the exact precise time as a suspense should do.
The only shortcoming which I felt was the story lack a central plot to stick to , like a liaison which can connect all the aspect of the story other than that I think Mr. Francis did just fine. ( )
  Abhishek23 | Dec 9, 2012 |
When a string of kidnappings rocks the horse racing world, Andrew Douglas is brought in to recover the missing-without becoming the next victim.
  SalemAthenaeum | Nov 15, 2011 |
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Kidnapping is Andrew Douglas's business: they take them, he finds them. But it isn't so simple when Alessia Cenci, golden-girl jockey, disappears, followed by the young child of a derby winner and the senior steward of the Jockey Club. From Italy to England to Washington, D.C., Andrew's caseload is suddenly, violently overflowing. And he must fight triply hard to keep his own name off the growing list of victims. . . .

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When Alessia Cenci, a young champion jockey, is kidnapped in Bologna, agent Andrew Douglas is sent to secure her release. For Andrew, the bungling of the Italian police is only the first in a chain of catastrophic events he cannot control.

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