Search Results: "Dick Francis"


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NERVE by Dick Francis
Released: March 25, 1964

"He is one of several jockeys being hounded out of racing by unfounded, untraceable rumors about his personal character. Finn decides to right back. He determines to do to his persecutor everything that has been done to him. The pace of the races and the build up of the revenge plot that Finn institutes produces swift-reading suspense/mystery in an unusual setting."
Rob Finn, just hitting his stride as an up and coming steeplechase jockey, finds a wall that can't be jumped. Read full book review >

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RAT RACE by Dick Francis
Released: March 3, 1971

"Tiresome but the fans are not ready to ground him yet."
Matt Shore, small job pilot with a large painful past, transports dabblers, die-hards, a racketeer or two along with a brace of jockeys to the track. Read full book review >

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KNOCKDOWN by Dick Francis
Released: March 7, 2006

"Post time's right now."
If the word horsedealer has any rotten connotations it will have come by them honestly, or rather dishonestly, since Dick Francis' new book is all about buying and selling racehorses — a world in which bloodstock agent (the British term) Jonah Dereham is the exception. Read full book review >

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EVEN MONEY by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"A blissfully satisfying blend of suspense, revenge and horse-racing info in a multilayered mystery that's presumably Felix Francis's distinctive contribution to his father's legendary series."
The father-and-son Francis team (Silks, 2008, etc.) turn their attention to the most reviled members of the horse-racing fraternity: on-site bookmakers. Read full book review >

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COMEBACK by Dick Francis
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"The solution, which Peter helps construct from his own Cheltenham memories, is, like the whole exercise, a little pro forma, but the bestselling author's touch with a story is as sure as ever, and there's more about horses (though dead rather than quick) than in any Francis in years."
After a superfluous opening episode in Miami, Francis begins his 30th thriller by packing his Foreign Service hero Peter Darwin back to Cheltenham, where Peter spent his own early years, to solve the riddle of who burned down the office of his new friend Ken McClure's veterinary practice, who was the dead man found inside, and why and how so many of the horses that Ken has recently attended have died on (or awfully near) the operating table. Read full book review >

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TO THE HILT by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 24, 1996

"It's a fine moral code for a jockey, but Al shows that you don't have to be a jockey to be true to your friends."
Horses finish well back in the field in Francis's dependable 36th thriller. Read full book review >

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THE DANGER by Dick Francis
Released: April 2, 1984

"Yet somehow none of these drawbacks really interferes with the unique grab of Francis' plain, tough, tender suspense-magic: less truly authentic than other kidnap novels, this one nonetheless tops them all—with a streamlined mixture of mystery, heart (kidnap-victim psychology), and nonstop action."
Most kidnap-thrillers suffer from pacing problems—with the familiar basics (the snatch, the ransom demand, the drop, etc,) strung out rather too predictably. Read full book review >

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DEAD CERT by Dick Francis
Released: June 15, 1962

"Clicks."
Murder on the track Lakes a special turn with amateur steeplechasing in England, and Alan York, from Australia, sticks with the course in trying to find the reasons for his best friend's dying on a jump. Read full book review >

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WILD HORSES by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"Coming after the twin peaks of Driving Force (1992) and Decider (1993), this entry marks an off year for Francis and his many fans."
Stealing a few hours from Unstable Times, the horsey film he's directing in Newmarket, Thomas Lyon goes to visit his friend Valentine Clark, a blacksmith/columnist dying of cancer, and becomes the reluctant repository of Valentine's confession that he killed that Cornish boy and left the knife with Derry. Read full book review >

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HIGH STAKES by Dick Francis
Released: May 1, 1976

"No personal problems this time (Francis readers usually enjoy them)—just a straight run somewhere in the middle of the form which is authoritatively and exclusively his, hers and theirs."
Steven Scott, all-around success, a toymaker of considerable ingenuity, and a race horse owner on the side, hasn't noticed that he's been stolen blind by his trainer and a bookmaker until a brutal assault, which, along with alcohol dripped into his veins, leaves him doubly knocked out. Read full book review >

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FIELD OF THIRTEEN by Dick Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1998

"But Francis fans won't be looking for originality here; they'll be content with the brisk authority with which the author sets up his familiar types for a series of falls as satisfying as they are predictable."
In lieu of his annual novel (10 Lb. Read full book review >

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BLOOD SPORT by Dick Francis
Released: Feb. 28, 1968

"Galloping entertainment."
Mr. Francis specializes in horseflesh/suspense; here he moves closer to the mode in espionage novels, horses and all. Read full book review >