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Proof Wine Merchant Tony Beach Has Expertly Catered His Latest Society Soiree, But The Fun S Over When A Team Of Hit Men Crash The Party Literally The Event Leaves Tony With A Bitter Aftertaste Of Suspicion And Sets Off A Mystery That S An Intoxicating Blend Of Deception, Intrigue, And Murder


10 thoughts on “Proof

  1. says:

    This is one of the better novels from Dick Francis Like a few of the others in the series, this one is only loosely set in the world of horseracing, and the protagonist, Tony Beach, is not a jockey but rather a wine merchant He owns a small shop and has spent the last six months grieving for his wife who built up the shop with him and then died of an aneurysm while six months pregnant.Beach is simply going through the motions of living, opening his store, dealing with customers and occasionall This is one of the better novels from Dick Francis Like a few of the others in the series, this one is only loosely set in the world of horseracing, and the protagonist, Tony Beach, is not a jockey but rather a wine merchant He owns a small shop and has spent the last six months grieving for his wife who built up the shop with him and then died of an aneurysm while six months pregnant.Beach is simply going through the motions of living, opening his store, dealing with customers and occasionally supplying the liquor for various parties On a Sunday afternoon, he s catering the liquor for a party thrown by a successful horse trainer A lot of important guests have gathered for the event, which is being held in a large tent on the grounds of the trainer s home As the party gets under way, the trainer s principal assistant approaches Beach with a problem One of the owners who has several horses with the trainer also owns a restaurant The trainer and his assistant had dinner there recently as guests of the restaurant owner The assistant is concerned because he believes that someone is fiddling with the liquor served at the restaurant The man ordered an expensive Scotch whisky after dinner, but was served something decidedly inferior that had apparently been substituted for the whisky that was supposed to be in the bottle.The assistant fears that someone may be cheating the restaurant owner, and he asks Beach if he would be willing to go to the restaurant and order the whisky to confirm his suspicions Then he can delicately approach the owner and inform him of the problem However, as they are discussing the matter, a horse van breaks loose, apparently accidentally, rolls down a long hill, and smashes into the tent where the party is being held, killing a few guests and injuring others Among the dead is the restaurant owner.Beach now finds himself assisting a firm of investigators, and the police as well, in a wide ranging investigation involving mislabeled wine and spirits It turns out to be a very dangerous assignment, given that there are some powerful adversaries who will stop at nothing to protect the racket they ve perfected.Readers will recognize Tony Beach as a typical Francis protagonist apparently quiet and unassuming, but underneath the mild exterior, a man who is smart and tough as nails when the going gets rough The plot moves along well, and the details of the liquor business that one picks up along the way are interesting too All in all, a pleasant way to spend an evening


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    What is there to say about Dick Francis As I think about all of his books yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I ve read them all I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society either directly or indirectly The heroes aren t always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world.Buttha What is there to say about Dick Francis As I think about all of his books yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I ve read them all I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society either directly or indirectly The heroes aren t always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world.Butthan that, Francis s heroes are rational human beings The choices made are rational choices directed by a firm objective philosophy that belies all of Francis s novels The dialogue is clear and touched with humor no matter the intensity of evil that the hero faces The hero s thoughts reveal a vulnerability that is touching, while his actions are always based on doing the right thing to achieve justice Causing the reader to deeply care about the characters in a novel is a difficult thing to do No such worries in a Francis novel The point of view is first person, you are the main character as you read the story usually the character of Mr Douglas The hero is personable, like able, non violent but delivering swift justice with his mind rather than through physical means This is not to say that violence is a stranger to our hero Some of it staggering and often delivered by what we would think of normal persons living in British society.You will come to love the world of Steeple Chase racing, you will grow a fondness for horses, stables, trainers and the people who live in that world You will read the books, devouring one after the other and trust me Dick Francis has a lot of novels over 40 by my last count.There are several series woven into the fabric of Francis s work notably the Sid Halley and Kit Fielding series.Assessment Dick Francis is one of my favorite writers I read his books with a fierce hunger that remains insatiable and I mourn his death


  3. says:

    5 Love of Dick Francis StarsSpoiler FreeYears ago, I was a mystery thriller reader only I also fell into showing horsesLong StoryAnyway, the draw of mysteries and horses brought me to Dick Francis, an amazing mystery writer who used the racing environment as a backdrop Now, this specific book doesn t have much of the horse racing part but does have the Dick Francis talent throughout I saw it was on sale, remembered how much I loved reading him and thought I would alert tho 5 Love of Dick Francis StarsSpoiler FreeYears ago, I was a mystery thriller reader only I also fell into showing horsesLong StoryAnyway, the draw of mysteries and horses brought me to Dick Francis, an amazing mystery writer who used the racing environment as a backdrop Now, this specific book doesn t have much of the horse racing part but does have the Dick Francis talent throughout I saw it was on sale, remembered how much I loved reading him and thought I would alert those who might be interested EnjoyForReviews, Free E books and Giveaways


  4. says:

    Dick Francis novels are always enjoyable and this is one of his better ones It is one of those stories where the protagonist is on the periphery of the horse racing world The title of the book is a double entendre or triple Tony Beach is a wine merchant who has a small shop Up until six months ago he happily ran the shop with his wife when she died of an brain aneurysm while six months pregnant Now he is just going through the motions He opens the shop in the morning, smiles at the cus Dick Francis novels are always enjoyable and this is one of his better ones It is one of those stories where the protagonist is on the periphery of the horse racing world The title of the book is a double entendre or triple Tony Beach is a wine merchant who has a small shop Up until six months ago he happily ran the shop with his wife when she died of an brain aneurysm while six months pregnant Now he is just going through the motions He opens the shop in the morning, smiles at the customers and says the right things, and at the end of the day returns to his empty house His father and his grandfather were brave men They showed their courage on the battlefield and on the horse racing track Tony doubts his own courage Proof in this story can be a reference to the alcohol content of the wines and spirits that Tony sells It is also about courage.The story opens with Tony catering a party thrown by a customer who is a horse trainer There he is approached by the horse trainer s assistant with a problem One of the owners of a horse with the trainer also owns a restaurant The horse trainer, his wife, and the assistant recently had dinner at the restaurant The assistant is concerned because he ordered an expensive Scotch and what he got wasn t the real deal He would like Tony to check out the restaurant and see if they are selling bogus liquor If so he can approach the owner and tell him he is being cheated Tony listens but he is busy catering the party Moments later a horse trailer rolls down a hill and crashes into the tent where the guests are gathered There are multiple deaths and injuries Among the dead is the restaurant owner Among the injured is the horse trainer and his assistant Tony tries his best to rescue those who are trapped and injured He is assisted by another guest named Gerard McGregor.Afterwards McGregor approaches Tony It turns out that he is a private investigator whose client owns a trucking firm It seems that several tanker trucks that had been transporting Scotch to a bottling plant had been hijacked The horse trainer s wife had a lot of praise for Tony and McGregor would like his help The police are also asking Tony for his help There is, of course, a connection between the bogus liquor in the restaurant and the hijacked trucks A lot of money is involved and Tony soon finds that assisting McGregor and the police puts him in danger Including attempts on his life and a climatic scene that will provide the proof that Tony has the courage that he often questioned.Tony Beach is a typical Dick Francis protagonist Very likable, quiet, intelligent A good guy The kind of guy you would like to know Someone who is dependable and who can be counted on to do the right thing And along the way he learns some things about himself


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    As with many Francis books, the title of Proof has multiple meanings Proof of guilt, Proof of alcohol content, Proof of courage, and even Proof that life can continue after loss All four are explored in this volume In Proof, Francis gives us a look at the wine and spirit industry from the viewpoint of a liquor merchant who has recently become a widower At the beginning of the book the merchant is terribly depressed from the loss of his wife, and also weighed down by a conviction that As with many Francis books, the title of Proof has multiple meanings Proof of guilt, Proof of alcohol content, Proof of courage, and even Proof that life can continue after loss All four are explored in this volume In Proof, Francis gives us a look at the wine and spirit industry from the viewpoint of a liquor merchant who has recently become a widower At the beginning of the book the merchant is terribly depressed from the loss of his wife, and also weighed down by a conviction that he has failed his family because he has never been conspicuously brave or successful as his father and grandfather were before him By the end of the book, as in many Francis novels, he has discovered his previously unappreciated inner strength and a will to re enter the land of the living As usual, I love the way Francis quietly but intensely describes the suffering of his characters, and that oh so British stiff upper lip that carries them through their troubles Although the details of the liquor industry got a bit tedious for me once or twice, this is definitely another worthy entry in the Francis repertoire


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    Dick Frances has a unique way of creating protagonists Instead of having one main character in a variety of settings, he has a variety of main characters in the horse care and racing setting This gives the reader a true range of behaviors Some of his characters are better persons than others, some arefortunate, but all are realistic in the sense that they are good people who are competent and vulnerable In the case of Proof, Frances adds an additional element to his protagonist, Tony B Dick Frances has a unique way of creating protagonists Instead of having one main character in a variety of settings, he has a variety of main characters in the horse care and racing setting This gives the reader a true range of behaviors Some of his characters are better persons than others, some arefortunate, but all are realistic in the sense that they are good people who are competent and vulnerable In the case of Proof, Frances adds an additional element to his protagonist, Tony Beach Although Beach lives in the world of horses and horse racing and is seen to be an expert in the field, his profession is as the owner of a liquor store and wine shop He lives on the periphery of horses and in the world of liquor Nevertheless he is the only man to crack the case of a scam featuring alcohol and he nearly gets himself killed on the way As with Frances other amateur sleuths, Beach is logical and level headed while chaos ensues around him He is the calm in the eye of the storm and gives readers a feeling of being solid and grounded while they fear for the evil doers around him


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    I always enjoy reading a good Dick Francis novel They are pretty clean, the language isn t too bad, and not a lot of sex Sometimes I even reread the books, because it s like being with a friend you haven t seen in several years I really enjoy the characters he uses, and also enjoy the series he wrote about too Tony Beach is a wine merchant with a small shop He also provides the alcohol drinks for parties While at a party he did annually for a horse trainer, there is a horrible accident I always enjoy reading a good Dick Francis novel They are pretty clean, the language isn t too bad, and not a lot of sex Sometimes I even reread the books, because it s like being with a friend you haven t seen in several years I really enjoy the characters he uses, and also enjoy the series he wrote about too Tony Beach is a wine merchant with a small shop He also provides the alcohol drinks for parties While at a party he did annually for a horse trainer, there is a horrible accident when a horse trailer careens down the hill from the car park and into the party tent Over the next couple of weeks, Tony becomes involved in two investigations There was the investigation of what happened at the party but there is a bigger investigation going on Larry Trent, one of the attendees at the party who is killed had been blabbing about how he d been at another party where the alcohol wasn t the quality is should be for the label He d been talking to Tony, which is how he got involved The police looked to Tony as an expert to help locate the watered alcohol What happens next is standard Dick Francis hold on for the ride stuff.I really enjoyed this one I d been looking at Goodreads lists of Dick Francis books and this one was right at the top of the votes I can understand why The story pulls you in and introduces a number of characters and then the questions The main character gets himself in and out of a scrape or two About the time you re wondering how is this all going to come together, the pace picks up and the last hundred pages are a flying race to the finish I was reading it on edge wondering what was going to happen and would he get out I d not read one yet where he didn t, but o my Thriller to the end Recommend


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    Lovely English and flowing narrative studded with words and particulars that have since left the building so to speak Its tone, its interests of such deep knowledge and the details of production and distribution for the liquor and horsing worlds were both 5 star The entire platform for the novel its setting and characters they are light years beyond what is current for this genre for information and for frame setting That s the first lovely feature The other best one is that the numerous Lovely English and flowing narrative studded with words and particulars that have since left the building so to speak Its tone, its interests of such deep knowledge and the details of production and distribution for the liquor and horsing worlds were both 5 star The entire platform for the novel its setting and characters they are light years beyond what is current for this genre for information and for frame setting That s the first lovely feature The other best one is that the numerous characters become known, and seem quite real So why not at least a 4 star rating It s a full 3.5 star but I just can t round it up because it tells too much For instance, in the set of actions just before the full consequence completion for the baddies It s a lengthy pursuit and hiding within a huge racing venue of immense and multi tiered stands and displaying levels And I thought it became dubious and muchgeared to a visual film or video format than to this page after page hide and seek Actually the very first development of the book was also highly visual too A horse carrying wagon attachment running down a hill and causing a horrific crowd leveling and murderous accident It s long overlong for red herring characters especially and yet also quite instructive If you don t have exact concepts for differences between single and malt liquors or differing processes for wine and spirits productions you will after reading this book Highly, highly detailed and erudite explanations to everything all around Even to the taster requirements and attributes.It was wonderful to come back into this Dick Francis upper crust horsey world again after many years I love how all of his relate to each other centered on that elite relationship of all these in the horse ownership, racing, hunting, jumping, contesting world.Beach as the narrator and in his work and grief aspects was 4 star and better than other Francis protagonists that I ve read


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    A rattling good read or listen, in my case One of Francis best, in my opinion Instead of the previous inner philosophical debates on the nature of good and evil, here we have an investigation into the anatomy of courage Oh, the bad guys are still thoroughly bad, but not unbalanced just greedy and egoist which is, of course, the essence of greed it s all about me and sod you Our Hero is of course the standard clean cut moral Brit in an acceptable middle class job, but this time he is def A rattling good read or listen, in my case One of Francis best, in my opinion Instead of the previous inner philosophical debates on the nature of good and evil, here we have an investigation into the anatomy of courage Oh, the bad guys are still thoroughly bad, but not unbalanced just greedy and egoist which is, of course, the essence of greed it s all about me and sod you Our Hero is of course the standard clean cut moral Brit in an acceptable middle class job, but this time he is definitely a square peg All around him are directly involved in the world of horses, but he himself is a wine merchant I find this a common element in so many novels and plays written for the upper middle class of the UK pleasant young adult with no drive to do much of anything discovers a talent s he didn t know s he had that not only permits them to earn the daily crust, but spreads it thickly with butter and even the occasional dollop of jam I wish I could discover a hidden talent, but then I m not British, nor upper middle class Shame about reality.The story begins with a disaster, only to segue into a rather quiet little plot that has very little to do with that gripping setup At first I thought the quiet part was rather predictable it was, in some respects, but in othervital respects the gentle development kept me wrong footed until the end What an end A great ride Like a good wine, cool on the tongue, light on the palate, it cheers and satisfies.I must have read this back when it first came out, but remembered nothing beyond a phrase here and there Tony Britton s reading is superlative as always he could read a 1976 Bronx telephone book, and I d listen happily I was startled to realise that the voice went with the name of the actor who played in Father Dear Father which mad me giggle my way through my teens


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    From BBC Radio 4 Extra Dick Francis s thriller dramatised in eight parts by Ernest Dudley.Episode 1 of 8The champagne is flowing at a party thrown by racehorse trainer Jack Haythorne, when tragedy strikes But is it just an accident. Episode 2 of 8In the tragedy s aftermath, Tony Beach goes wine and whisky tasting in the cause of criminal investigation.Episode 3 of 8The fraud plot thickens, as Tony Beach meets the boss of whisky hauliers Charter Carriers Episode 4 of 8Dodgy drink, a missing ra From BBC Radio 4 Extra Dick Francis s thriller dramatised in eight parts by Ernest Dudley.Episode 1 of 8The champagne is flowing at a party thrown by racehorse trainer Jack Haythorne, when tragedy strikes But is it just an accident. Episode 2 of 8In the tragedy s aftermath, Tony Beach goes wine and whisky tasting in the cause of criminal investigation.Episode 3 of 8The fraud plot thickens, as Tony Beach meets the boss of whisky hauliers Charter Carriers Episode 4 of 8Dodgy drink, a missing racehorse and a body at a restaurant Wine merchant Tony Beach is in the thick of itEpisode 5 of 8Mystery for Tony and Flora is her son back from Australia And can a diary unlock the mystery Episode 6 of 8Wine merchant Tony Beach has to deal with some unwanted visitors to his store.Episode 7 of 8Kenneth Junior makes a request from hospital, and Tony learnsabout the mysterious Paul Young.Episode 8 of 8Tony Beach and his detective chum Gerard MacGregor attempt to unearth the true identity of Paul Young Stars Nigel Havers as Tony Beach, George Parsons as Gerard, Jennifer Piercey as Flora, Tim Reynolds as Fulham, Pauline Letts as Mrs Fulham, Alan Dudley as Jack, Andrew Branch as Jimmy, Stephen Hattersley as Sgt Ridger and Manning Wilson as Chief Sup Wilson.Director Matthew WaltersFirst broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1987.http www.bbc.co.uk programmes b007m9f7