Rat Race by Dick Francis

Matt Shore is an experienced pilot, but he has gone from commercial airline pilot to now flying high class gamblers to race courses. His most recent flight ends with his plane exploding. When further incidents occur that appear to target him, Matt must discover who is behind it…and why. 

This is the second time I’ve read Rat Race. The first time was in my 20’s after first discovering Dick Francis. I was enthralled then, and I was just as gripped the second time around. 30 some years later and the story is just as good. The plot is succinct, the dialogue is lean, but this story is a nail-biter, filled with suspense. 

Mr. Francis is a master of immersing the reader in the protagonist’s professional world and intertwining it with the world of horse racing. This time around it is flying, and the world of air taxi services is presented in such a way as to make it integral to the plot. 

The character of Matt Shore is one of my favorite of the Francis protagonists. He is likable, intelligent, and vulnerable. He doesn’t set out to be a hero and he is in no way perfect, which makes him very engaging.

My thanks to NetGalley and Canelo for the advance digital copy made available for my review.

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