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Nerve de Dick Francis
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Nerve (original: 1964; edição: 1998)

de Dick Francis (Autor)

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Nerve is a classic novel from Dick Francis, one of the greatest thriller writers of all time. Rob Finn's winning streak made him one of the most sought-after steeplechase jockeys. But his subsequent collapse in form surprised no one more than himself. As word spreads that Finn has lost his nerve, he discovers a well-managed campaign to discredit certain jockeys; in his own case, a plan assisted by horse doping. But to find the culprits behind it, Finn will have to use all his cunning and racing know-how . . . Packed with intrigue and hair-raising suspense, Nerve is just one of the many blockbuster thrillers from legendary crime writer Dick Francis. Other novels include the huge bestsellers Dead Heat, Under Orders and Silks. The Dick Francis legacy continues through his son Felix Francis: Refusal is his latest novel, following Bloodline and Gamble. Praise for the Dick Francis novels: '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 'Still the master' Racing Post 'The master of suspense and intrigue' Country Life Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National Hunt jockeys. The winner of over 350 races, he was champion jockey in 1953/1954 and rode for HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, most famously on Devon Loch in the 1956 Grand National. On his retirement from the saddle, he published his autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write forty-three bestselling novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), and the biography of Lester Piggott. Dick Francis died in February, 2010, at the age of 89, but he remains one of the greatest thriller writers of all time.… (mais)
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Título:Nerve
Autores:Dick Francis (Autor)
Informação:Jove (1998), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
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jockey discovers plot to discredit him and other riders
  ritaer | May 21, 2021 |
I was surprised by the lack of suspense in this one; I spent the whole book expecting James to be the real culprit, when it was Rob Finn's suspect all along. It's only DF's second novel, so maybe that explains the lack of twist, but it had most of the usual enjoyable characteristics. ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
England, ca 1965.
Jockeyen Rob Finn har ikke den store succes, men klarer sig. En dag skyder en af kollegaerne, Art Matthews sig. En anden, Greg, får et nervesammenbrud og en tredje styrter og brækker benet slemt. Det giver Rob chancen, men så begynder de heste, han rider på, også at svigte og der går grimme rygter om at han er blevet hesteangst.
Han synes ikke selv at det kan passe og via en psykiater får han mistanke til en Maurice Kemp-Lore, der er en stor mand indenfor hestesport, men ikke selv er rytter. Angiveligt fordi heste giver ham astma.
Det viser sig at Kemp-Lore har givet alle de svigtende heste et stykke sukker inden løbene, og det lykkes Rob at få andre gjort opmærksom på dette.
Så bliver han selv bortført af Kemp-Lore og undslipper med nød og næppe og med mange knubs.
Hans kusine Joanna hjælper ham og han vinder det store løb på hesten Template. Efterfølgende bliver han interviewet af Kemp-Lore uden at de lader sig specielt mærke af at den ene lige har forsøgt at forkrøble den anden.
Rob melder det ikke til politiet, men tager til gengæld hævn, så det kan mærkes. Han lukker Kemp-Lore inde i et hus sammen med en hest, venter til hans faste tv-tid forlængst er gået og viser ham at beviser for hans sabotage af jockeyerne er sendt rundt til presse, hestesportsforbund og tv.
Til sidst slipper han ham fri. Og Rob og Joanna finder sammen.

Glimrende spændingsroman, men egentlig et banalt plot. ( )
  bnielsen | Aug 15, 2020 |
Dick Francis is a prolific writer but "Nerve" was the first book I have read by him. The start was slow but the pace and suspense did pick up. I enjoyed the horse-racing setting and struggling, steeplechase jockey, Rob Finn, was a likeable narrator. Thankfully, the villain received an appropriate publishment but I felt the subplot involving Rob's unrequited love for his first cousin, Joanna, unnecessary. However, I did enjoy the mystery and will try another Francis novel. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Feb 13, 2020 |
I've read this at least a couple times before. I was _supposed_ to read it for a group read in January/February, but didn't get around to it until now. In the group read, there was a lot of comment about Rob and Joanna being cousins - I got the strong impression that Joanna was using the cousinship as a shield against Rob, and didn't have a gut-level objection to it (and obviously Rob didn't). Why she wanted to shield against him, I'm less sure. The mystery is complex - and I really liked (can't say I enjoyed) the scene of Rob's dark night, as he went down under the weight of opinion and came back up swinging. There's some lovely seeding early on, especially in the first TV interview. The punishment was neatly set up - very much a reflection of what Rob had suffered. I hope he's thoroughly broken and doesn't try to pull the same sort of thing again - but he'll never have the influence he did here, between family and fame. Not one of my favorite Francises, but a good one. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Sep 13, 2019 |
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Nerve is a classic novel from Dick Francis, one of the greatest thriller writers of all time. Rob Finn's winning streak made him one of the most sought-after steeplechase jockeys. But his subsequent collapse in form surprised no one more than himself. As word spreads that Finn has lost his nerve, he discovers a well-managed campaign to discredit certain jockeys; in his own case, a plan assisted by horse doping. But to find the culprits behind it, Finn will have to use all his cunning and racing know-how . . . Packed with intrigue and hair-raising suspense, Nerve is just one of the many blockbuster thrillers from legendary crime writer Dick Francis. Other novels include the huge bestsellers Dead Heat, Under Orders and Silks. The Dick Francis legacy continues through his son Felix Francis: Refusal is his latest novel, following Bloodline and Gamble. Praise for the Dick Francis novels: '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 'Still the master' Racing Post 'The master of suspense and intrigue' Country Life Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National Hunt jockeys. The winner of over 350 races, he was champion jockey in 1953/1954 and rode for HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, most famously on Devon Loch in the 1956 Grand National. On his retirement from the saddle, he published his autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write forty-three bestselling novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), and the biography of Lester Piggott. Dick Francis died in February, 2010, at the age of 89, but he remains one of the greatest thriller writers of all time.

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