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Francis, Dick.
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Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2000]

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289 pages ; 24 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.2 12.0 43266.
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When jockey Martin Stukely dies after a fall at Cheltenham, he accidentally embroils his friend Gerard Logan in a perilous search for a stolen videotape. Logan is a glassblower on the verge of widespread acclaim. Long accustomed to the frightful dangers inherent in molten glass and in maintaining a glassmaking furnace at never less than 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, Logan is suddenly faced with terrifying threats to his business, his courage, and his life. Believing that the missing video holds the key to a priceless treasure, and wrongly convinced that Logan knows where to find it, criminal forces set out to press him for information he doesn't have. To survive, he realizes that he himself must sort out the truth. The final race to the tape throws more hazards in Logan's way than his dead jockey friend could ever have imagined. Glass shatters. Logan doesn't ...but it's a close-run thing.

Author Notes

Dick Francis was born in Wales on October 31, 1920. Because his father was a professional steeplechase jockey and a stable manager, Francis grew up around horses, and after a stint as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II, he became a steeplechase jockey himself, turning professional in 1948. He was named champion jockey of the 1953-54 racing season by the British National Hunt after winning more than 350 races and was retained as jockey to the queen mother for four seasons.

When he retired from racing in 1957 at the age of 36, Francis went to work as a racing correspondent for the Sunday Express, a London paper, where he worked for 16 years. In the early sixties, he decided to combine his love of mysteries with his knowledge of the racing world, and published Dead Cert in 1962. Set mostly in the racing world, he has written more than 40 novels including Forfeit, Blood Sport, Slay-Ride, Odds Against, Flying Finish, Smoke Screen, High Stakes, and Long Shot. He wrote his last four books Dead Heat, Silks, Even Money, and Crossfire with his son Felix Francis.

He has received numerous awards including the Silver Dagger award from Britain's Crime Writers Association for For Kicks, the Gold Dagger award for Whip Hand, the Diamond Dagger award in 1990, and three Edgar awards. He died on February 14, 2010 at the age of 89.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In his forty-first mystery, Francis introduces a new hero, a professional glassblower, thinly connected to the racing world by the crystal trophies he designs and by his friendship with Britain's top steeplechase jockey. Hero Gerard Logan, however, is very much in the mold of Francis front-runners in his stoicism and resourcefulness. Logan's jockey friend is killed at Cheltenham Races when his horse misses a fence and crushes him to death. Logan, still reeling from shock, has a mystery literally thrust into his hands when his late friend's valet gives him a videotape the jockey claimed could only be seen by Logan. Before Logan can view it, the tape is stolen from his shop in the Cotswolds. It soon becomes evident, as the jockey's home is ransacked and his wife and children gassed unconscious, and Logan's own home is stripped of all videotapes, that this particular tape is a coveted item. Logan is forced into discovering just how valuable the tape is, a search that involves unmasking a corrupt research scientist and, as in all Francis capers, encountering great physical danger. A top-notch thriller, fascinating for both the way it makes the exotic science of glassblowing relevant to solving the mystery and the skill with which Francis injects the ordinary world of the hero with bracing doses of paranoia. --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

Francis's latest may be one of his less memorable rides, but even at 80, the old master proves he can still go all out in the final stretch. The hero here is Gerard Logan, a dashing English bachelor who owns and operates his own glassblowing shop in a charming village in the Cotswolds, popular with other artisans and tourists. Logan's problem is that his good friend, jockey Martin Stukely, gave him a videotape shortly before dying in a fall during a steeplechase at Cheltenham racetrack. That videotape is now missing, stolen by a tall, bearded gent who made off with it while Logan's back was turned. Now, a crew of thugs wants the tape. They are led by the cruel, aptly named Rose Payne, a ruthless bookmaker who knows what's on the tapeÄmedical breakthrough secrets worth millionsÄand will do anything to get it. Logan tries to reason with Payne, saying he no longer has the video, and besides, he doesn't even know what it contains. But Rose won't give up. She and her crew beat up Logan on several occasions, viciously trying to break his wrists so he can no longer practice his craft. Logan, no slouch when it comes to payback, finally mounts an all-out defense that includes not only physical reprisals, but also a crafty recovery of the missing object. Francis's 41st novel (To the Hilt; 10 Lb Penalty; etc.) lacks the pounding drive of his best efforts, and several elements of the plot are hard to swallow without cutting the author a lot of slack. Yet the spirited repartee, cleverly laid cues, infectiously likable characters and bang-up finale are all vintage Francis, and the fascinating glimpses the novel furnishes into the glassblowing trade are a bonus. 300,000 first printing. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Gerard Logan is given a package containing an unlabeled videotape left to him by his friend, the late Martin Stukely, a renowned jockey who had just been killed by a fall during a trophy race at Cheltenham Races. However, before Logan can see what's on the tape, it's stolen. He thinks it was just taken when his shop was robbed, as the shop's cash was gone, too. When he finds that Stukely's house has been burglarized and every videotape there missing, he begins to wonder what was on this mysterious video. But, as the attacks on Logan continue and accelerate in violence, it looks like the only way to save himself is to find the lost tape. Excellently read by Martin Jarvis, Shattered is an entertaining mystery from start to finish, the kind of story we've come to expect from the three-time Edgar Award-winning Francis. Sure to be popular with mystery fans; highly recommended for all public libraries. Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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