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Dick Francis (1920–2010)

Author of To the Hilt

Includes the names: D. Frensis, Dik Frensis, Dick Francis

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Dick Francis was born in Wales on October 31, 1920. Because his father was a professional steeplechase jockey and a stable manager, Francis grew up around horses, and after a stint as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II, he became a steeplechase jockey himself, turning professional in 1948. He was named champion jockey of the 1953-54 racing season by the British National Hunt after winning more than 350 races and was retained as jockey to the queen mother for four seasons. When he retired from racing in 1957 at the age of 36, Francis went to work as a racing correspondent for the Sunday Express, a London paper, where he worked for 16 years. In the early sixties, he decided to combine his love of mysteries with his knowledge of the racing world, and published Dead Cert in 1962. Set mostly in the racing world, he has written more than 40 novels including Forfeit, Blood Sport, Slay-Ride, Odds Against, Flying Finish, Smoke Screen, High Stakes, and Long Shot. He wrote his last four books Dead Heat, Silks, Even Money, and Crossfire with his son Felix Francis. He has received numerous awards including the Silver Dagger award from Britain's Crime Writers Association for For Kicks, the Gold Dagger award for Whip Hand, the Diamond Dagger award in 1990, and three Edgar awards. He died on February 14, 2010 at the age of 89. (Bowker Author Biography)
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To the Hilt 1,669 copies, 26 reviews
Decider 1,580 copies, 22 reviews
Under Orders 1,555 copies, 45 reviews
Come to Grief 1,540 copies, 23 reviews
10-lb. Penalty 1,535 copies, 16 reviews
Wild Horses 1,504 copies, 14 reviews
Hot Money 1,502 copies, 24 reviews
The Edge 1,497 copies, 17 reviews
Shattered 1,490 copies, 20 reviews
Straight 1,418 copies, 21 reviews
Proof 1,416 copies, 27 reviews
Longshot 1,382 copies, 23 reviews
Second Wind 1,365 copies, 20 reviews
Bolt 1,360 copies, 20 reviews
Break In 1,338 copies, 17 reviews
Driving Force (Author) 1,338 copies, 19 reviews
Comeback 1,300 copies, 14 reviews
Banker 1,297 copies, 22 reviews
Reflex 1,284 copies, 32 reviews
The Danger 1,234 copies, 21 reviews
Whip Hand 1,233 copies, 19 reviews
Field of Thirteen 1,205 copies, 19 reviews
Dead Cert 1,185 copies, 20 reviews
Dead Heat 1,167 copies, 38 reviews
For Kicks 1,129 copies, 19 reviews
Twice Shy 1,106 copies, 17 reviews
In the Frame 1,073 copies, 22 reviews
Nerve 1,057 copies, 22 reviews
High Stakes 1,049 copies, 19 reviews
Odds Against 1,033 copies, 18 reviews
Smokescreen 1,027 copies, 16 reviews
Bonecrack 1,025 copies, 12 reviews
Rat Race 1,000 copies, 17 reviews
Enquiry 1,000 copies, 12 reviews
Risk 992 copies, 8 reviews
Flying Finish 992 copies, 11 reviews
Blood Sport 988 copies, 18 reviews
Slay Ride 969 copies, 17 reviews
Forfeit 963 copies, 16 reviews
Silks 930 copies, 35 reviews
Knock Down 923 copies, 9 reviews
Trial Run 911 copies, 10 reviews
Even Money 725 copies, 31 reviews
Crossfire 673 copies, 23 reviews
Racing Classics 67 copies
The Dick Francis Treasury of Great Racing Stories (Editor & Contributor) 52 copies
Spring Fever 35 copies, 1 review
The New Treasury of Great Racing Stories (Editor & Contributor) 16 copies
Flying Finish [and] For Kicks 14 copies, 1 review
Enquiry [and] Reflex 14 copies, 1 review
Longshot / Risk 11 copies, 1 review
10 lb. Penalty [Abridged Audio] (Author) 11 copies, 1 review
In the Frame [and] Dead Cert 7 copies, 1 review
Straight / Trial Run 7 copies, 1 review
Forever 2 copies
Sport královen 2 copies, 1 review
Raami sees 2 copies
The Hated 2 copies
Bolt: 1988 2 copies
Nachtmerries 2 copies
Dead Ringer 2 copies
Pulse 2 copies, 1 review
Hestetyven 1 copy
Dødsridt 1 copy
Adjugé ! 1 copy
Opløbet 1 copy, 1 review
Risque 1 copy
Four Kicks 1 copy
Finiš 1 copy
libros condensados 1 copy, 1 review
Pankur 1 copy
Una fuerza maligna 1 copy, 1 review
Voll Blut. 1 copy
Doping 1 copy
Probe 1 copy
Ambitii 1 copy
Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (Contributor) 172 copies, 2 reviews
The Oxford Book of Villains (Contributor) 126 copies
Verdict of 13 (Contributor) 64 copies
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1986 v02 (Author, some editions) 35 copies
Mysterious Pleasures (Contributor) 31 copies, 2 reviews
The Verdict of Us All (Foreword) 21 copies
Murder at the Races (Contributor) 18 copies
The Gourmet Crook Book (Contributor) 14 copies
A Feast of Stories (Contributor) 11 copies
Escape Stories (Contributor) 9 copies
Livros condensados (Author) 4 copies
Best Detective Stories 1980 (Contributor) 3 copies

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