Search Results: "Dick Francis"


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THE EDGE by Dick Francis
Released: Feb. 20, 1988

"Lumpily padded, thinly plotted: a thoroughgoing disappointment for Francis fans—and not much fun even for fanciers of the luxury-train-in-jeopardy genre."
Once upon a time there was an ex-jockey named Dick Francis who wrote taut, fresh action-mysteries about racing (Dead Cert, Nerve, Forfeit, Bonecrack, etc.). Read full book review >

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PROOF by Dick Francis
Released: March 25, 1984

Booze, not horse-racing, is the primary focus of Francis' latest suspense tale—which, like several of his recent efforts, is rather skimpy on mystery, rather heavy on talk and violence. 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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TWICE SHY by Dick Francis
Released: April 16, 1982

"But, if not as informative or affecting as prime Francis, this is topnotch, nonstop entertainment: ironic, clever, exciting, and—even when rip-roaringly violent—thoroughly warmhearted."
As hinted in the title, Francis has altered his formula a bit this time. Read full book review >

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TRIAL RUN by Dick Francis
Released: May 16, 1979

"By Francis standards—unexciting, cliche-ridden, and only occasionally colored with the author's distinctive character."
Well, now we know why Dick Francis has always stuck close to his formula of horse-racing-and-physical-ordeals. 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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ODDS AGAINST by Dick Francis
Released: March 16, 1966

"Fast away."
England, like the rest of the civilized world, has a population expanding at the bottom and top of the age levels. Read full book review >

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DECIDER by Dick Francis
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Despite an unconvincing hint of May-December romance for his fatalistic hero, this is the most elaborate and satisfying of his recent books—a winner from the starting gate to the last hurdle."
Francis's newest suspenser (his 32nd) is typical not only in its racetrack setting, but in its doubling of the hero's mildly dysfunctional family (he and his diffident wife are held together only by their brood of six sons) with another family of deep-dyed villains. Read full book review >

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SECOND WIND by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 1999

"Urgent questions, all of them, answered with of all Francis's usual unobtrusive technical mastery—even if fans looking for the thrills he more often provides think the action here trails off long before the finish line."
Francis celebrates his 40th horses-plus suspenser by taking his hero on a vacation in the Caribbean—into the eye of a hurricane that will lead him to still deeper mysteries. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 26, 1969

"Previously dubbed 'the man who didn't win the Grand National,' Mr. Francis may change his epitaph — to 'the bloke who writes those bloody good books."
The author has done supremely well in the mystery category with books like Flying Finish. Read full book review >

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BONECRACK by Dick Francis
Released: May 17, 1972

"You'll like these sons of sons and the gentle moral message."
Neil Griffon, who had broken with his father altogether as a youngster and made it on his own, is forced to take over the old man's training stables when the latter is hospitalized. Read full book review >