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Dick Francis (1920–2010)

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Dick Francis was born in Wales on October 31, 1920. Because his father was a professional steeplechase jockey and a stable manager, Francis grew up around horses, and after a stint as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II, he became a steeplechase jockey himself, turning professional näytä lisää in 1948. He was named champion jockey of the 1953-54 racing season by the British National Hunt after winning more than 350 races and was retained as jockey to the queen mother for four seasons. When he retired from racing in 1957 at the age of 36, Francis went to work as a racing correspondent for the Sunday Express, a London paper, where he worked for 16 years. In the early sixties, he decided to combine his love of mysteries with his knowledge of the racing world, and published Dead Cert in 1962. Set mostly in the racing world, he has written more than 40 novels including Forfeit, Blood Sport, Slay-Ride, Odds Against, Flying Finish, Smoke Screen, High Stakes, and Long Shot. He wrote his last four books Dead Heat, Silks, Even Money, and Crossfire with his son Felix Francis. He has received numerous awards including the Silver Dagger award from Britain's Crime Writers Association for For Kicks, the Gold Dagger award for Whip Hand, the Diamond Dagger award in 1990, and three Edgar awards. He died on February 14, 2010 at the age of 89. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Tekijän teokset

To the Hilt (1996) 1,861 kappaletta
Vaa'ankieli (1993) 1,716 kappaletta
Under Orders (2006) 1,699 kappaletta
10-lb. Penalty (1997) 1,693 kappaletta
Varjo yössä (1995) 1,693 kappaletta
Villihevoset (1994) 1,670 kappaletta
Shattered (2000) 1,640 kappaletta
Kuumaa rahaa (1987) 1,636 kappaletta
Konnan loukku (1988) 1,634 kappaletta
Perintö (1989) 1,552 kappaletta
Petoksen merkit (1985) 1,538 kappaletta
Vasama (1990) 1,524 kappaletta
Hurrikaani (1999) 1,507 kappaletta
Henkivartija (1986) 1,480 kappaletta
Viesti (1992) — Tekijä — 1,462 kappaletta
Kiristäjät (1985) 1,456 kappaletta
Paluu (1991) 1,417 kappaletta
Pankkiiri (1982) 1,409 kappaletta
Tappava heijastus (1980) 1,400 kappaletta
Field of Thirteen (1998) 1,349 kappaletta
Vaara (1983) 1,348 kappaletta
Whip Hand (1979) 1,338 kappaletta
Varma kuin kuolema (1962) 1,302 kappaletta
Dead Heat (2007) 1,280 kappaletta
For Kicks (1965) 1,232 kappaletta
Twice Shy (1982) 1,204 kappaletta
In the Frame (1976) 1,179 kappaletta
Nerve (1964) 1,172 kappaletta
High Stakes (1975) 1,149 kappaletta
Odds Against (1965) 1,143 kappaletta
Bonecrack (1971) 1,117 kappaletta
Savua silmille (1972) 1,115 kappaletta
Rat Race (1970) 1,105 kappaletta
Enquiry (1969) 1,104 kappaletta
Flying Finish (1966) 1,085 kappaletta
Blood Sport (1967) 1,084 kappaletta
Riski (1977) 1,080 kappaletta
Slay Ride (1973) 1,071 kappaletta
Silks (2008) 1,057 kappaletta
Murha auttaa vedonlyönnissä (1968) 1,039 kappaletta
Jos nostat tarjousta niin kuolet (1974) 1,024 kappaletta
Trial Run (1978) 1,000 kappaletta
Even Money (2009) 812 kappaletta
Crossfire (2010) 766 kappaletta
Racing Classics (1995) 73 kappaletta
The Dick Francis Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1989) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 59 kappaletta
Spring Fever (1993) 38 kappaletta
The Dick Francis Complete Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1991) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 34 kappaletta
Field of Thirteen [and] Shattered (2005) 18 kappaletta
The New Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1991) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 18 kappaletta
Nerve [and] Smokescreen (2004) 17 kappaletta
Enquiry [and] Reflex (1982) 16 kappaletta
10 lb. Penalty [and] Wild Horses (1997) 16 kappaletta
Flying Finish [and] Hot Money (2003) 15 kappaletta
Whip Hand [and] Odds Against (2006) 15 kappaletta
Flying Finish [and] For Kicks (1986) 15 kappaletta
Three Favourites (1978) 14 kappaletta
Knock Down [and] Bonecrack (2004) 14 kappaletta
Longshot / Risk (1977) 13 kappaletta
Straight / Banker (1990) 12 kappaletta
Forfeit [and] Blood Sport (1988) 12 kappaletta
10 lb. Penalty [Abridged Audio] (1997) — Tekijä — 11 kappaletta
Hot Money [and] In the Frame (1994) 10 kappaletta
Come to Grief [and] For Kicks (2006) 10 kappaletta
Decider [and] High Stakes (2006) 10 kappaletta
Decider [Abridged Audio Book] (1993) 10 kappaletta
Straight / Trial Run (2007) 10 kappaletta
In the Frame [and] Dead Cert (1962) 9 kappaletta
Das große Krimi- Lesebuch. (1992) 8 kappaletta
The Edge [and] Comeback (2002) 8 kappaletta
Rat Race [and] To the Hilt (2003) 8 kappaletta
Proof: BBC (Bbc Radio Presents) (1993) 6 kappaletta
Slay Ride [and] Knock Down (1993) 6 kappaletta
High Stakes [and] Smokescreen (2000) 5 kappaletta
Best Racing and Chasing Stories (1972) 5 kappaletta
Noční můry ; Sport královen (1998) 4 kappaletta
Flying Finish/Rat Race (1995) 3 kappaletta
Driving Force [and] To the Hilt (2001) 3 kappaletta
Bonecrack/Enquiry/Smokescreen (1986) 3 kappaletta
Forever 2 kappaletta
Dead Ringer 2 kappaletta
Hot Money 12-Copy Floor Display (1988) 2 kappaletta
Dick Francis - The Racing Game (2002) 2 kappaletta
The Hated 2 kappaletta
The Edge (abridged) 2 kappaletta
The First Year 2 kappaletta
Dick Francis Double (Petersons) (2001) 2 kappaletta
Nachtmerries (1989) 2 kappaletta
High Stakes Money (1977) 2 kappaletta
Finiš 1 kappale
Visszatérés 1 kappale
Střepy (2010) 1 kappale
El doble o nada 1 kappale
[No title] 1 kappale
O regresso (108) 1 kappale
The Racing Man's Bedside Book (1969) — Toimittaja — 1 kappale
Argosy 1966--October (1966) 1 kappale
The Big Story 1 kappale
Dick Francis 5 Book Set (2006) 1 kappale
High Voltage 1 kappale
The Venus Trap 1 kappale
Ambitii (2000) 1 kappale
Bolt [abridged] 1 kappale
Med livet som innsats (1998) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988) — Avustaja — 192 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of Villains (1992) — Avustaja — 136 kappaletta
Verdict of 13 (1978) — Avustaja — 71 kappaletta
Ross Macdonald Selects Great Stories of Suspense (1974) — Avustaja — 70 kappaletta
1st Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1992) — Avustaja — 59 kappaletta
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1986 v02 (1986) — Tekijä, eräät painokset37 kappaletta
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1988 v02 (1988) — Tekijä — 33 kappaletta
The Verdict of Us All (2006) — Esipuhe — 22 kappaletta
Murder at the Races (1995) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2007 v02 #290 (2007) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
A Feast of Stories (1996) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
The Gourmet Crook Book (1976) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
RDSELP v150 Under Orders | Rosie (2007) 11 kappaletta
Galaxy Science Fiction 1953 May, Vol. 6, No. 2 (1953) — Kuvittaja — 10 kappaletta
Escape Stories (1980) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Galaxy Science Fiction 1957 June, Vol. 14, No. 2 (1957) — Kuvittaja — 9 kappaletta
RDSELP v187 Crossfire | Calling Invisible Women (2014) — Tekijä — 9 kappaletta
Galaxy Science Fiction 1957 April, Vol. 13, No. 6 (1957) — Kuvittaja — 7 kappaletta
Slay-Ride | Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat | The Lester Affair (1974) — Avustaja; Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1977 (1977) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Válogatott könyvek (2000) 4 kappaletta
Proof | Birds of a Feather | A Trail of Ashes (1985) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Best Detective Stories 1980 (1980) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Kirjavaliot: Neljä lyhennettyä menestysteosta (1996) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1980 (1980) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Murder Most British [abridged audio] — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Banker | Murder in High Places | The Terrible Tide (1983) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Third Race at the LT Racetrack: Book 1, Banker, 75 Books Challenge for 2021 (helmikuu 2021)
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Written in 1982, this was an excellent thriller. Tim Ekaterin is an investment banker in the firm begun by his grandfather. He was raised by parents more interested in partying than banking. After his father's death, his mother's gambling habit drove the family into bankruptcy. His uncle agrees to bail his mother out if Tim works for the bank.

Not expecting much more than to fulfill his agreement with his uncle, Tim finds that he has the talent to be an excellent merchant banker. He is happy learning under his mentor Gordon and being quietly in love with Gordon's wife.

When Gordon goes through a medication issue in his treatment for Parkinson's Disease, Tim takes over for him until he is ready to come back. During his time as head, he convinces his firm to lend money to a young cartoonist that several other banks have turned down. The cartoonist's quick and major success not only gives Tim confidence in his judgment but gives him the reputation as a lucky man.

An outing with the Chairman and Gordon and his wife Juliet to the horse races brings a new opportunity to Tim and the bank. Tim sees Sandcastle win a stunning victory and also meets and saves the life of a faith healer whose patients are horses.

When a trainer comes to Tim to ask for financing to purchase Sandcastle to put him to stud, Tim convinces the bank to come up with the eight million that are needed. Tim spends time at the breeding farm and meets the owner's young daughter. He becomes friends during his frequent visits.

When the owner calls some time later, he has a problem. It seems that Sandcastle's foals are showing a much higher than average number of birth defects. Sandcastle's problems as a stud threaten to not only bankrupt the trainer but cause a substantial loss for the bank too.

Tim has only a short period of time to figure out if the problem is with Sandcastle or if someone is manipulating things for their own purposes. And when the trainer's young daughter is murdered the stakes go even higher.

This was an excellent story. Tim is a wonderful main character who is both smart and honorable. The prose isn't flowery, but the emotional intensity is there. Simon Prebble did a wonderful job of bringing Tim Ekaterin to life.
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kmartin802 | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 2, 2024 |
Set on cross-country train in Canada
 
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Dorothy2012 | 17 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 22, 2024 |
Very good. Freddy Croft is a very engaging protagonist. This book got me hooked on DF.
 
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Dorothy2012 | 21 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 22, 2024 |
This mystery/thriller opens with a bang, as a jockey shoots “himself, loudly and messily, in the center of the parade ring at Dunstable races.” Our protagonist, Rob Finn, is a fellow jockey who witnesses this horrific event. Rob is just starting his career and hasn’t had many good mounts, but he begins to win and captures the attention of trainers, owners and a local journalist with a popular television show on racing. But just as he is getting to the top of the field, things begin to go sour. His reputation in tatters, he is on the brink of despair when he thinks on his fellow jockeys and the troubles they’ve endured in the past year or two. Is someone sabotaging jockeys? Who? And Why?

Francis crafts a compelling psychological mystery. Finn is tenacious and determined. He’s also smart in the way he goes about ferreting out information to build the case against an unlikely perpetrator. I do not know much about steeplechase racing, but Francis gives enough detail to educate me without boring me. Some of the race scenes were quite thrilling; I almost felt as if I were jumping those fences right along with Finn and Template (the horse he was riding).

I came late to the Dick Francis fan club, but I’m glad I finally arrived.
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BookConcierge | 24 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 27, 2024 |

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