|Publisher:||San Val, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||4.36(w) x 7.14(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
“A POSITIVE GENIUS.”—Time
“EXCITEMENT FROM START TO FINISH.”—Publishers Weekly
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Usual good Francis. This is the other painter one - not the Scot hiding things, but the largely itinerant painter of horses. In this case his involvement is entirely second-hand - he's not a direct target at all, until he involves himself. His cousin is very hard hit, and that's his major motivation, but it's the second victim of the theft ring that he runs into that triggers real action. And of course he suffers considerable injury in the course of his intervention, and keeps going to solve the problem - it is a Francis, after all. I like him, and his painter friend, and the friend's wife - all very well drawn. The real villain - this time I did remember him when we first meet him, but the first time he was a total surprise. The three questions really doesn't foreshadow much, since we don't hear the actual questions. Good story.
This is an interesting book. The protagonist of this book is Charles. He is a painter, and he visits his cousins's house. He decides to help his cousins when he knew his cousins's house was stole and his wife was killed. The beginning of the story is very attracting. In my opinion, the author is good at writing. The writer has very great logical ideas about this story.