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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) — biography from To the Hilt… (more)
To the Hilt 1,793 copies, 27 reviews
Decider 1,676 copies, 23 reviews
Under Orders 1,654 copies, 46 reviews
Come to Grief 1,648 copies, 25 reviews
10-lb. Penalty 1,635 copies, 17 reviews
Wild Horses 1,627 copies, 15 reviews
Shattered 1,597 copies, 20 reviews
Hot Money 1,594 copies, 24 reviews
The Edge 1,583 copies, 17 reviews
Straight 1,516 copies, 21 reviews
Proof 1,499 copies, 30 reviews
Longshot 1,480 copies, 23 reviews
Second Wind 1,463 copies, 20 reviews
Bolt 1,446 copies, 20 reviews
Driving Force (Author) 1,425 copies, 21 reviews
Break In 1,420 copies, 18 reviews
Comeback 1,379 copies, 14 reviews
Banker 1,376 copies, 23 reviews
Reflex 1,362 copies, 33 reviews
The Danger 1,313 copies, 21 reviews
Whip Hand 1,302 copies, 19 reviews
Field of Thirteen 1,296 copies, 20 reviews
Dead Cert 1,263 copies, 20 reviews
Dead Heat 1,242 copies, 38 reviews
For Kicks 1,199 copies, 21 reviews
Twice Shy 1,172 copies, 18 reviews
In the Frame 1,147 copies, 22 reviews
Nerve 1,137 copies, 24 reviews
High Stakes 1,120 copies, 20 reviews
Odds Against 1,105 copies, 19 reviews
Bonecrack 1,091 copies, 13 reviews
Smokescreen 1,087 copies, 16 reviews
Enquiry 1,076 copies, 15 reviews
Rat Race 1,071 copies, 17 reviews
Flying Finish 1,049 copies, 13 reviews
Risk 1,049 copies, 9 reviews
Blood Sport 1,043 copies, 20 reviews
Slay Ride 1,039 copies, 17 reviews
Silks 1,022 copies, 35 reviews
Forfeit 1,017 copies, 17 reviews
Knock Down 993 copies, 9 reviews
Trial Run 971 copies, 10 reviews
Even Money 782 copies, 31 reviews
Crossfire 736 copies, 24 reviews
Racing Classics 70 copies
The Dick Francis Treasury of Great Racing Stories (Editor & Contributor) 60 copies
Spring Fever 36 copies, 1 review
The Dick Francis Complete Treasury of Great Racing Stories (Editor & Contributor) 34 copies, 1 review
The New Treasury of Great Racing Stories (Editor & Contributor) 16 copies
Flying Finish [and] For Kicks 15 copies, 1 review
Enquiry [and] Reflex 15 copies, 1 review
Longshot / Risk 12 copies, 1 review
10 lb. Penalty [Abridged Audio] (Author) 11 copies, 1 review
Straight / Trial Run 9 copies, 1 review
In the Frame [and] Dead Cert 8 copies, 1 review
Dead Ringer 2 copies
Nachtmerries 2 copies
Forever 2 copies
The Hated 2 copies
Finiš 1 copy
libros condensados 1 copy, 1 review
Střepy 1 copy
Ambitii 1 copy
Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (Contributor) 183 copies, 2 reviews
The Oxford Book of Villains (Contributor) 133 copies
Verdict of 13 (Contributor) 69 copies, 1 review
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1986 v02 (Author, some editions) 35 copies
Mysterious Pleasures (Contributor) 33 copies, 2 reviews
The Verdict of Us All (Foreword) 21 copies
Murder at the Races (Contributor) 19 copies
A Feast of Stories (Contributor) 14 copies, 1 review
The Gourmet Crook Book (Contributor) 13 copies
Escape Stories (Contributor) 9 copies
Livros condensados (Author) 5 copies
Best Detective Stories 1980 (Contributor) 3 copies

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