"Few things are more convincing then Dick Francis at full gallop."
|Publisher:||San Val, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||4.30(w) x 7.02(h) x 0.94(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Dick Francis (pictured with his son Felix Francis) was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster.
He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957, he published an autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks.
A three-time Edgar Award winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger, was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000. He died in February 2010, at age eighty-nine, and remains among the greatest thriller writers of all time.
Hometown:Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies
Date of Birth:October 31, 1920
Date of Death:February 14, 2010
Place of Birth:Tenby, Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales
Place of Death:Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies
Education:Dropped out of Maidenhead County School at age 15.
What People are Saying About This
"Few things are more convincing than Dick Francis at a full gallop."—Chicago Tribune
"Francis captures our attention and holds us spellbound...All the breathless pace we have come to expect of this superb writer."—The New York Times Book Review
"Few match Francis for dangerous flights of fancy and pure, inventive menace."—Boston Herald
"[The] master of crime fiction and equine thrills."—Newsday
"Each Francis novel seems to be his best."—The Sunday Oklahoman
"Few writers have maintained such a high standard of excellence for as long as Dick Francis."—The San Diego Union-Tribune
"It's either hard or impossible to read Mr. Francis without growing pleased with yourself: not only the thrill of vicarious competence imparted by the company of his heroes, but also the lore you collect as you go, feel like a field trip with the perfect guide."—The New York Times Book Review
"One of the most reliable mystery writers working today...Francis's secret weapons are his protagonists. They are the kind of people you want for friends."—Detroit News and Free Press
"[Francis] has the uncanny ability to turn out simply plotted yet charmingly addictive mysteries."—The Wall Street Journal
"A rare and magical talent¡Kwho never writes the same story twice."—The San Diego Union-Tribune
"For more than 30 years, Dick Francis has been mystery's Gibraltar, a sturdy rock in stormy straits. Nobody executes the whodunit formula better."—Chicago Sun-Times
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the toymaker one - I always have a hard time remembering which title goes with which story. But they're all good (well, nearly all), so it doesn't matter too much. And I can usually recognize it from the blurb, so I know which one before I start to read. Nothing extraordinary in this one - tough guy, nice girl, bad situation solved by thinking and hanging on. But the toys are neat.
Steven Scott, toymaker and race horse owner, fights back against a crooked trainer and bookie. Likeable character, pretty good read, not one of my favourite Francis thrillers though.
Francis has always provided an excellent plot and this book upholds that tradition. The characters are develop0ed well. The plot is well-organized and the conclusion keeps you guessing until the final pages. Information about the racing industry is always interesting and an integral part of the story.