Search Results: "Francis Slakey"


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TO THE LAST BREATH by Francis Slakey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2012

"What begins as a shock-factor memoir of an adrenaline junkie with a death wish concludes with great heart and promise."
The expressive story of a conflicted professor who broke free to embrace and nurture his audacious, extremist nature. Read full book review >

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CROSSFIRE by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

The late Dick Francis's 44th, and last, canter around the track echoes several of his greatest hits. Read full book review >

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SILKS by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Despite Mason's avocation, the outsider's view of racing takes a back seat to the courtroom sequences. Partnering for the second time with his son, Francis produces a whodunit more accomplished than ever but less distinctive than the work that put him on the map."
What new angles on horse racing are left for veteran Francis (Dead Heat, 2007, etc.) to explore? His latest hero is a barrister who's also a passionate amateur steeplechase jockey. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1996

"Full- color illustrations, while offering visual information diorama- style, do not enliven matters. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Subtitled ``The Story of Newgrange,'' this is an account of a Stone Age burial site over 5,000 years. Read full book review >

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DEAD HEAT by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"Clunky expository dialogue tells you more than you probably want to know about food preparation and concertizing. But the mystery is engaging, and durable Max is a worthy addition to Francis's gallery of racetrack detectives."
Legendary racing-mystery master Francis (Shattered, 2000, etc.) partners with son Felix to bring mayhem of many kinds to the Newmarket track. Read full book review >

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Code Centaurus by Francis Lentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2012

"A well-told hard-sci-fi yarn of otherworldly jeopardy and ancient aliens that turns uncharacteristically mystical-minded in the end."
In this debut sci-fi thriller, a World Health Organization agent, while investigating a frightening new plague in the South Pacific, discovers an ancient extraterrestrial force that could advance all terrestrial life—or destroy it. Read full book review >

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FORFEIT by Dick Francis
Released: Feb. 26, 1968

"And then there's the dusky beauty Gail who loves him, betrays him, in this multi-gaited thriller."
Reporter James Tyrone takes on an additional assignment in order to cover the expenses that help support his invalid wife. Read full book review >

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Released: May 13, 2002

"Full canvas as the blood flies."
Fourth or fifth "Return to Treasure Island" novel striving to re-create Stevenson's breezy blood-and-thunder in a new course on the old chart—and tempting the reader with leftover loot still awaiting its return to civilization. Read full book review >

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THE LIAR’S DIARY by Patry Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Psychologically interesting, but weakened by melodrama."
The unlikely friendship between a small-town school secretary and a flamboyant teacher proves deadly in this psychological murder mystery. 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 >

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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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SLAY-RIDE by Dick Francis
Released: Feb. 2, 1973

"The story's sound and Mr. Francis keeps it moving and changing directions with his customized touch."
At the start it's to the races again — this time in Norway where a jockey is said to have disappeared with the day's turnstile take. Read full book review >