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REFLEX by Dick Francis


R E F L E X
REFLEX was written by Dick Francis in 1980. Mike Allport illustrated the book. Dick Francis
(1920 - ), once Champion Jockey himself, is famous for his many bestselling thrillers set in the
world of horse-racing. His novel REFLEX won the Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Prize for 1981.
The book tells the mystery about the photographer George Millace who died in a car crash. When
Philip Nore begins to learn about George Millace's secrets, he realizes that his own life is in danger.
PHILIP NORE is the main character in this book and he tells his story in the first person. He has
been riding horses for many years and he always wants to win. But sometimes he is told to lose, he
doesn't like this and he never takes money for losing. He has reached a turning point in his life. He
knows that he can't ride horses for ever, but what shall he do afterwards? He doesn't even know if
horses are his passion, however, he tells himself he loves them. His great passion is photography by
which he gets to know George Millace's mystery. Solving this mystery makes him stronger and
older. He gets ready to change his life.
Photographs help you to remember things that happened in the past. That's nice, sometimes. But
there are some things that people don't want to remember, some things that they want to keep secret.
And if someone has photographs of other people's secrets, what does he do with them? Secrets can
be bought and sold - especially in the world of horse-racing, where large amounts of money change
hands frequently and quickly.
George Millace is a photographer. He is good at taking photographs of other people's secrets and he
has a clever way of hiding his photographs. He dies suddenly in a car accident. Philijp Nore
accidentally finds his "box of photographic rubbish". Steve Millace says that his father wanted to
remember his worst mistakes. Philip keeps the box.
Worst mistakes? Philip develops one negative and he understands why George has kept the
neg...

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