Search Results: "Dick Francis"


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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IN THE FRAME by Dick Francis
Released: March 30, 1977

"Francis stays on top because he remembers to touch bottom."
The horses age painted ones this time, but stop worrying. Read full book review >

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BOLT by Dick Francis
Released: March 1, 1987

"Still, it's all blandly readable—and that may be enough, along with the racecourse background, for loyal fans."
Kit Fielding, the rather colorless jockey-hero of Francis' last novel, Break In, returns—in a limp sequel that features a cardboard super-villain, no mystery whatsoever, and only sporadic flickers of genuine action-excitement. Read full book review >