Monday, May 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 86: Longshot

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

Two teasers this week from the same book, one I read over the weekend and quite enjoyed. The first two sentences are between the book’s main character—a writer—and his agent. The second teaser is from a scene in which the narrator and another character go to meet someone at an old boathouse.

"Impulse will kill you one of these days."

I should have listened to him, but I didn’t.
(pg 20)

* * * * *

He turned and took a step towards the far-end balcony, the ancient floorboards
creaking underfoot.

There was a white envelope lying on the floor about halfway to the balcony and, saying perhaps it was a message, he went towards it and bent to pick it up, and with a fearsome crack a whole section of the floor gave way under his weight and shot him, shouting, into the dock beneath.
(pg 195)

Longshot by Dick Francis
Genre: Mystery

His agent has always known that John Kendall, writer of travel guides to harsh terrains, is impulsive. But taking an assignment because he needs money hardly seems a rash act, and off to rural England Kendall goes to interview his subject, a successful racehorse trainer.

Soon enough, however, Kendall realizes that he must draw upon all his ingenuity to complete his book. In fact, the perils described in his survival manuals pale next to the dangers in rural England. "Impulse will kill you one of these days," his agent had warned. Kendall should have listened, but he didn’t—not by a longshot...


Jenny Q said...

Two good ones! Sounds like a good read. Here's my teaser from Blood Red Road.

Heather said...

Thanks, Jenny. It was a fairly fast-paced read, to be sure!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Wow, very suspenseful! Thanks for sharing.


Heather said...

Laurel-Rain: Glad you liked! :)

Heather said...


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Alice Audrey said...

It's a trap!

gautami tripathy said...

Such a great teasser! Wanna know more!!Another novel to check out?!. I really like teaser tuesdays!

Here is my Teaser Tuesday: Caribou Island by David Vann post!

Sarah said...

Great teaser! I have the exact opposite problem. I tend to think about things too much and sometimes I wish I was a bit MORE impulsive. lol

Thanks for stopping by my teaser as well!

♥ Sarah

jlshall said...

Wonderful teaser! I've always intended to read something by Dick Francis, but never have managed to get around to it. I should do something about that soon!

SunnyReads said...

Great Teasers!! I love Dick Francis - His novels are always so much fun!

Here's mine:

Heather said...

Alice: Sure about that? *EG*

Gautami: Glad to have piqued your curiosity!

Sarah: I'm not generally impulsive, either. I like to have things planned out.

Heather said...

Joy: Despite seeing his books around for years, I only just discovered Francis myself last year. Pity, I didn't get round to reading him until after he'd passed.

Sunny: His novels are definitely fast-paaced and quite a ride. Will have to pick up a few more!

Shelley Munro said...

Great teasers. I haven't read a Dick Franicis story for a while. Maybe it's time to read another one.

Karen and Gerard said...

Good teaser! Must remember to beware of creaking floors!

Here's ours:

Heather said...

Shelley: Thanks, it was a really good book. Almost done with a second by him, Shattered.

Karen & Gerard: I know creaking floors always make me wary. ;)

Alice Audrey said...

Oh sure, tease me in the comments why don't you?

Heather said...

Alice: Hehe...why not? *WEG*