Book Review: ‘Pulse’ Is Another Felix Francis Racetrack Thriller

Following the success of Triple Crown, Felix Francis is back with his latest racetrack thriller Pulse (Putnam; in stores Tuesday, October 17). This story features his first female in the lead.

Doctor Chris Reynolds is working the emergency room when a man is brought in found in the bathroom of a local racetrack. She works on him but he doesn’t make it. It bothers her after the fact and can’t get it out of her mind. He is well dressed and they can’t figure out who he is.

She’s also been suffering from panic attacks and other issues for over a year now. She is ratted out and put on leave to get help for her problems. Six months later she’s still thinking about the guy when she’s working at the track as one of the doctors. Her health is better but not 100 percent. At the track she starts asking questions about the guy and gets a few bites on him but nothing concrete. She reports it to the police detective that is working the case. She gets a warning when she leaves to not ask questions and to basically back off.

Not one to sit ideally by Chris returns to the track and asks more questions and again starts to figure out a few things and again she gets a warning to back off. She’s also taken off as a doctor, when her supervisor finds out about her medical history. She spends more time at the track asking questions. She’s also been re-instated at the hospital and at the track.

She keeps digging and is told by the police and her husband to stop. That doesn’t stop her and soon her son is given a warning and soon she finds herself in a deathly situation. It takes her cunning as a doctor to save herself and she figures out who and what has been going on and has to act before it’s too late.

Another exciting race-track thriller with twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end. I really enjoy these Dick Francis (his late dad)/Felix Frances race-track stories and look forward to the next one.

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