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Knockdown (original 1974; edition 1993)

by Dick Francis

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Title:Knockdown
Authors:Dick Francis
Info:Fawcett (1993), Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
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Knock Down by Dick Francis (1974)

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He doesn't really want to do it, but ex-prize winning jockey Jonah Dereham soon finds himself bidding for a young steeplechaser. The money he's spending belongs to Mrs. Kerry Sanders, a wealthy American woman who wants the horse for the son of a special friend. Fine - for a generous commission, he'll buy the horse. What isn't fine is the crunch on the skull he gets after the auction. Unfortunately for his health, it is only the first in a series of abusive and downright illegal attacks that Jonah must survive before he ultimately figures out the real game that's afoot…
  SalemAthenaeum | Oct 23, 2011 |
Read it a long time ago. Don't remember it too well. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Apr 7, 2011 |
I like this guy. Of course, since he's a Francis hero, he has incredibly high pain resistance, a weird home life, no girlfriend at the start of the book and a sort-of one by the end. He's also an ex-jockey, like 50 % of them (80 ?). But I like the way he figures things out. He also handles threats much the way I do - the beehive model. Ignore me and I'll ignore you; hit me and you're in a world of hurt. And he's incredibly patient with people who won't see they're on the same side he is...Good one. Not one of my absolute favorites, but up there. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | May 16, 2008 |
The hero is Jonah Dereham, bloodstock dealer. An average Francis thriller, not one of my favourites. ( )
  tripleblessings | Feb 1, 2007 |
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It's the classic law of the invader. Get to the strongest guy and smash him, and then watch the weaker ones fall like ninepins. Which is exactly what a vicious gang of horse dealers decides to do when their little kickback scam is being threatened with a spot of old-fashioned honesty. But they haven't reckoned with bloodstock agent Jonah Dereham, a man who belies his quiet exterior with a steely and implacable resolve. They can threaten him, try to burn down his home, even attempt to kill him. But they'll soon wish they hadn't. Because Dereham flushes out the real scam, and with it finds out just who the real Mr Big is. And when he does that, life suddenly becomes cheap...'Another wonderfully effective thriller' - "Sunday Times".

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"Jonah Dereham, English jockey turned horse-buyer, buys a steeplechaser at Ascot Sales for Mrs. Kerry Sanders, minked and diamonded American sophisticate, and a tie-in with a horse-trading racket and murder for himself"--NoveList.

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