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Break In by Dick Francis
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Break In (1986)

by Dick Francis

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Series: Kit Fielding (1)

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Steeplechase jockey Christmas "Kit" Fielding has had more than his share of close calls both on and off the course. But trouble hits close to home when a grudge between his family and his sister's in-laws turns into a blood feud.

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Steeplechase jockey Kit Fielding is at the peak of his career when his tranquility is disturbed by his twin Holly’s troubles. Holly is married to trainer Bobby Allardeck, and their business is under siege by an anonymous newspaper campaign aimed at their creditors. Under any other circumstances it would be unthinkable for a Fielding to come to the aid of an Allardeck since these families have been feuding for generations, but Kit’s love for his sister and his liking for his brother-in-law far outweigh inherited grudges. As Kit digs deeper into the conspiracy, he receives timely assistance from some unlikely sources.

I have a fondness for books about twins that probably stems from all the Bobbsey Twins mysteries I read in my childhood. Kit is a strong, intelligent, and moral hero with a circle of loyal friends who are interesting in their own right. I’m glad that this book is an exception to Francis’s stand-alone works, and that I have one more opportunity awaiting to immerse myself in Kit’s world. ( )
  cbl_tn | Sep 20, 2019 |
This is classic Dick Francis. A tough, resourceful, smart young man dealing with troubles besetting his twin sister and her husband because of his father, finding his way through unfamiliar territory with determined clear sightedness, and impressing the right women in the best way. ( )
  quondame | Sep 3, 2019 |
I started this in audio and finished an ebook version. It made a nice break from longer and more intellectually demanding books. I read it ages ago but remembered nothing, so it felt like a fresh read.

Champion steeplechase jockey Kit Fielding comes to the aid of his twin sister, Holly, and her husband, Bobby, when they are targeted by unknown people who want to destroy their horse training business. Bobby and Holly are members of horse-racing families who have been bitter rivals for centuries.

When Kit starts investigating who might be behind the attacks, he discovers family dramas, shady business dealings, and unexpected friends and foes. There is plenty of racing drama as well. My favorite Francis books are those where the main characters are still racing, because we get the nitty-gritty of everday racing life as a major part of the story. Kit is on a real winning streak, and his relationship with the Princess, one of his favorite owners to ride for, is an important aspect of the plot. His closeness with Holly is nicely done, with the special aspects of being twins highlighted but not over-egged.

As is usual, Kit gets beaten up a lot (and takes a bad spill in a race), but he recovers amazingly quickly. There is a nice, slow-burn romance for him as well, or at least a slow as it can be given the events take place over less than two weeks. And she has a career she loves! Thanks, Mr. Francis.

The villain is extremely villainous, there are some unexpected twists, and everything is tied up in a satisfactory way. Perfect timepass reading. ( )
  Sunita_p | May 18, 2019 |
Middling. The telepathy and age-old family feud are just annoying. The individual personalities of the horses are enjoyable. The period detail, like the primitiveness of the wire-tapping, is fun. The jockey is a tall steeplechase jockey, perpetually starved, which makes for a bit of humor. ( )
  themulhern | Dec 26, 2014 |
Kit Fielding the hero is from an old racing family; his twin sister a psychic link Holly is married to Bobby Allerdeck of a hostile racing family with whom the Fieldings have had centuries of feud. Bobby's stable business is being destroyed by hostile news coverage. Kit finds out this is part of a campaign against Bobby's father, a really evil entrepreneur who invests in companies and ruins them. The campaign is being managed by an even more vicious media owner who has KIt tortured at one point, with little success. There is a surprise as to who is behind him, but the motives do make sense. Emotionally it is a tricky book, since both sides, aside from Kit, seem equally nasty, and I dislike the torture, but there is a nice eucatastrophe with Danielle, Kit's new girlfriend. ( )
1 vote antiquary | Mar 10, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Dick Francisprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hakala, ErkkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoff, TrulsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lundgren, AstridTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ottenhof, P.H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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