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My dad has always been quite a fan of Dick Francis' horse-racing related thriller/murder mysteries, I've just started trying to get into them and whilst I find them fairly easy to get through, I can't help but feel that I've started with a couple of duds. Second Wind was a rather disappointing book but Shattered was definitely better, like Second Wind, it started off a little slowly and I have to say that I didn't take a lot of the first chapter in.
Fortunately it seems like I didn't miss too much because once the story picked up, I still knew what was going on. This book is less far-fetched than Second Wind and I found myself recognising the characters described in the book.
The storyline involves a rather humble glass-blower trying to regain ownership of a video that was given to him by a jockey friend of his, he's not the only person looking for it though and due to the violent nature of some of the people seeking the tape, he gets himself deeper into the mire.
Much like Second Wind, Shattered has a feeble love story which would have probably been better left out but towards the later chapters, I think Dick did a good job of drawing out the suspense, I found myself a little addicted to the book and despite being absolutely knackered in the evenings, found myself pawing through the pages to find out the identity of the 4th masked man who I have to admit came as quite a surprise.
Shattered isn't a brilliant book but it's an improvement on Second Wind and will ensure that I keep my eyes peeled for some more Dick Francis novels next time I'm book hunting.
When jockey Martin Stukely dies after falling in a steeplechase at Cheltenham races, he accidentally embroils his friend Gerard Logan in a perilous search for a stolen video tape. Logan, half artist, half artisan, is a glass blower on the verge of widespread acclaim for the originality and ingenuity of his work.