When jockey Martin Stukely dies following a fall at Cheltenham races, he accidentally embroils his friend Gerard Logan in a perilous search for a stolen video tape. Logan is a glass blower on the verge of widespread acclaim for the ingenuity of his work. Long accustomed to the frightful dangers inherent in molten glass, he is suddenly faced with a series of terrifying threats to his business, his courage and his life. He reckons that to survive he must find the video tape before a group of thugs who will kill to acquire it. The final race to the tape throws more hazards in Logan's way than his dead jockey friend could ever have imagined.
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Few writers can lay claim to having made a genre entirely their own, but the racing thriller remains unassailably Dick Francis' territory and Martin Jarvis is without question one of the most recognisable voices in audio books. Shattered, as smoothly crafted a piece of entertainment as anything he has produced, is a reminder that despite various pretenders to the throne, Francis retains his crown--even the kerfuffle regarding the authorship of his books (his wife apparently lent a hand at times) only increased his profile, with fans seemingly indifferent to this revelation. What is his secret? Primarily, of course, it's the author's finely honed narrative skills that immediately mark him out as a master entertainer--thrillers such as Rat Race, Smokescreen and Trial Run bristle with energy and momentum. The ace in the hole is that satisfying sense of insider knowledge in his plots, however implausible they are. Shattered once again conveys that the equestrian world is quite as dangerous as Colin Dexter's Groves of Academe: jockey Martin Stukely dies after a fall in a steeplechase at Cheltenham races, and his friend, artist Gerald Logan, finds that the dead man has a connection to a stolen videotape with mysterious (and highly valuable) contents. Logan is more familiar with the problems of glass-blowing than violence and extortion, but he is soon undergoing a crash course in survival techniques as some very malignant heavies target him. Jarvis' unintrusive style of reading allows the reader to become thoroughly engrossed in the plot and fully involved with the characters. He creates a very credible Logan and maintains Francis' break neck pace with aplomb.Review:
The narrative is brisk and gripping and the background researched with care . . . the entire story is a pleasure to relish ( Scotsman)
Dick Francis's fiction has a secret ingredient - his inimitable knack of grabbing the reader's attention on page one and holding it tight until the very end ( Sunday Telegraph)
Francis writing at his best ( Evening Standard)
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Book Description Penguin Audio UK, 2000. Book Condition: Good. Abridged edition. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP88465275
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Book Description Penguin Audiobooks, 2000. No Binding. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Read by Martin Jarvis . Booklet: Fine . Cassettes x 2: Good . 2000. Bookseller Inventory # 10019