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 and in maintaining a furnace at never less than 1800F, he is suddenly faces with a series of terrifying threats to his business and to his life.
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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.About the Author:
Dick Francis has written 38 international bestseller novels and is widely acclaimed as one of the world's finest thriller writers, having first been a champion National Hunt jockey. His awards include Silver, Gold and Diamond Daggers from the Crime Writers Association, and he has been given three Edgar Allen Poe awards for Best Novel of the Year (the only author to have achieved this). In 2000, he was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
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Book Description No binding. Book Condition: Good. Case may have wear and identifying marks/stickers. Disc plays perfectly. audio book. Bookseller Inventory # 012-5FAD-XX6E