Search Results: "Dick Francis"


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RISK by Dick Francis
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"More zippy ordeals ensue before Roland learns the dispiriting truth, and only a few spoilsports will look past the breathtaking narrative dash to notice that—notwithstanding the nifty relationship between Roland and spinster Hilary—this is not only the fastest Francis ever, but perhaps the emptiest."
Every Dick Francis steeplechase puts a persecuted narrator-hero through some sort of physical ordeal; this one puts likable Roland Britten through what reads—and it's nonstop reading as always—like one long torture. 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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ENQUIRY by Dick Francis
Released: July 1, 1970

"This is another pro forma performance with the expected competence; even if the story itself barely reaches the backstretch, his admirers are hard to unseat."
Kelly Hughes, one of Mr. Francis' scrappy jockeys, is disbarred after his poor showing in the Lemonfizz Crystal Cup and Kelly survives (a nearly fatal accident; an assault) to prove how it was rigged. Read full book review >

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SMOKESCREEN by Dick Francis
Released: Feb. 1, 1972

"This should win eased up — it's the most of the very best."
A horse story — in occasional stretches, a mystery — certainly, but primarily a supersized action-suspense novel featuring several backgrounds and situations and you can get them all together via Edward Lincoln, family man and nephew of the courageously dying Nerissa, film star — muy hombre, and patron of the track. Read full book review >

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HOT MONEY by Dick Francis
Released: March 7, 1988

"But the Francis combination of airy, muscular storytelling and gruff sentiment makes for steady-on entertainment once again—even with an over-large cast and a rather juiceless hero."
In many of the better Francis adventures (and a few of the weaker ones), the hero is driven by an intense, admirable loyalty to some family relation. Read full book review >

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DRIVING FORCE by Dick Francis
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"All in all, despite a sometimes sluggish pace: top-drawer Francis."
Is there any aspect of horse-racing that Dick Francis hasn't turned into a 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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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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FOR KICKS by Dick Francis
Released: March 10, 1965

"A photo finish for suspense and well up to this author's last— Nerve."
Daniel Roke is the sort of gentleman detective it would be nice to meet again and again and .. Read full book review >

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FLYING FINISH by Dick Francis
Released: June 21, 1967

"A lot of personnel disappear in various counteries, but Grey doesn't think much of it until he finds out enough to get himself killed too."
Dick Francis was off to a flying start with American mystery fans from the time he published his first book, Dead Cert, in 1962. Read full book review >

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WHIP HAND by Dick Francis
Released: May 28, 1980

After a dull departure into spy/terrorism (Trial Run), Francis clearly wants to get back on the track—and he does it by reviving lame ex-jockey/private-eye Sid Halley (Odds Against, 1966), whose sleuthing led to his losing a hand (he now has a nifty motorized one). Read full book review >

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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 >