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Trial Run by Dick Francis
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Trial Run (1978)

by Dick Francis

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Randall Drew is sent to Moscow on a delicate investigation involving a mysterious woman who is threatening a royally-connected candidate for the Moscow Olympic Games.

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one of the better Francis books --not involving the hero getting tortured or horribly injured, though a minor villain does die unpleasantly. The hero is a former jockey banned from riding because he wears glasses. He is asked to look into a threat that if a man related to the royal family rides in the Moscow Olympics, he will be killed by someone named Alyosha, as a German rider was at an event in England. The hero goes to Moscow has some helpful meetings with Soviet racing people who trust him because he is a horseman (the paranoid atmosphere of the late Soviet period is well done) --despite the negative tone about the Soviets, they actually help in dealing with the conspiracy, which turns out to be a forerunner of later Islamist terrorism in those parts. ( )
  antiquary | Mar 8, 2014 |
Veteran horseman Randall Drew travels to Mosow to help the Russian royal family--but ends up caught in a world of jealousy, sabotage, and murder.
  SalemAthenaeum | Nov 15, 2011 |
A good, solid Dick Francis mystery. Comfortable enough in its typical DF elements like horses and a protagonist who suffers from some sort of handicap, but different in all the right places to keep the story interesting. Surprisingly also the plot that features heavily the atmosphere of Soviet Russia didn't feel outdated at all, although of course it is now difficult to imagine the troubles of making a simple phone call to a foreign country. A brisk and certain pace carries the story the whole round, making no unnecessary sidesteps. An enjoyable read. ( )
  nerwende | Sep 21, 2010 |
Dick Francis is one of my favorite authors. I always enjoy his books. Good character development. ( )
  DocWalt10 | Sep 20, 2010 |
Simple book about a trip to Moscow where the hero meets downtrodden Russians & prevents Terrorism at the Moscow Olympics.
  franoscar | Jan 4, 2008 |
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I could think of three good reasons for not going to Moscow, one of which was twenty-six, blond, and upstairs unpacking her suitcase.
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