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Shattered

Francis, Dick
Gerard Logan, glassblower, keeps getting attacked by people looking for a videotape his dead jockey friend sent him, except he doesn't HAVE said videotape. Very good!

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7/2001

Silks

Francis, Dick
Lawyer (and amateur jockey) Geoffrey Mason is threatened by awful thug Julian Trent to throw a case. Written with son Felix Francis, who looks like someone I'd enjoying having a drink with.

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11/2009

Slayride

Francis, Dick
David Cleveland, investigator for the English Jockey Club, goes to Norway to look for a missing jockey and some missing money.

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7/2001

Smokescreen

Francis, Dick
Actor Edward Lincoln goes to South Africa to find out why his friend's horses aren't racing well.

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5/2003

Straight

Francis, Dick
Jockey Derek Franklin takes over his brothers gem business when he is killed in an accident. Lots of gadgets!

QUOTE:

"Strewth," he said economically. "As you say," I replied. (pg. 312)

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7/2001

The Danger

Francis, Dick
Safety consultant Andrew Douglas rescues kidnap victims.

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7/2001

The Edge

Francis, Dick
Tor Keley, investigator for the Britich Jockey Club, travels incognito on The Great Transcontinental Mystery Race Train.

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7/2001

To The Hilt

Francis, Dick
Alexander Kinloch is a painter who lives in Scotland. Some thugs beat him up, looking for "it". Very good story, with interesting revelation at end.

QUOTE:

Some are born weird, some achieve it, others have weirdness thrust upon them [...] it seemed I'd been elected. (pg. 3)

WORDS I HAD TO LOOK UP:

Revenant (pg. 56) One who returns after an absence.

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8/2001

Trial Run

Francis, Dick
Randall Drew, a jockey who needs glasses, goes to Moscow to find the elusive Alyosha.

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8/2001

Twice Shy

Francis, Dick
Physicist/Schoolmaster Jonathan Derry deals with a handicapping computer program and the thugs that want it.

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7/2001

Under Orders

Francis, Dick
Sid Haley and his bionic arm track down the murderer of a jockey and a trainer, with the help of his cancer research chemist girlfriend and some DNA. What I like about Francis is you learn interesting technical stuff without being clobbered by it.

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7/2007

Whiphand

Francis, Dick
Sid Halley, the ex-jockey with the "bionic hand", is called upon to solve several complicated plots: His ex-wife and a charity; who is causing horses to get heart attacks; fradulent horse syndicates.

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8/2001

Wild Horses

Francis, Dick
Film director Thomas Lyon is trying to film a movie based on a book about a local suicide, but some one keeps trying to knife people. Excellent story, tears at the end.

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7/2001

Refusal

Francis, Felix
Sid Halley back to, unwillingly, investigate corruption on the track. Good story!

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6/2014

Just Ask Iris

Frank, Lucy
Iris Diaz-Pinkowitz moves to a very multi-cultural apartment building. She is having puberty problems, dog problems, cat problems,parrot problems, and typing problems. Good story!

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6/2008

Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin

Franklin, Benjamin
Small-print version too hard to read, need an large-print version with annotations!

Words I Had To Look Up:

working with them diligently like so many emmers (pg. 13) -- Emmer is a kind of wheat, can't find another meaning.
furze bush (pg. 61) -- A Gorse bush. Spiny, spiky, stickery!!
Philadelphia Experiments (pg. 175) -- Ben and his son William flew a kite in a storm.
grampus (pg. 247) -- A killer whale, probably.
fizgig (pg. 247) -- A fish gig, harpoon, or fish spear.

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So convenient a thing is it to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do. -- (pg. 41)

Quote:

...Temple of LEARNING: Every Peasant, who had wherewithal, was preparing to send one of his Children at least to this famous Place; and in this Case most of them consulted their own Purses instead of their Childrens Capacities: So that I observed, a great many, yea, the most part of those who were travelling thither, were little better than Dunces and Blockheads. Alas! Alas! -- (pg. 201)

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5/2009

Cold Mountain

Frazier, Charles
Civil War tale of a woman on a mountain farm and the deserter admirier returning home. Quite good, but I wish the ending had been a little different, or maybe not.

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5/2003

Mrs. Mike

Freedman, Benedict
Co-author Nancy Freedman. Story of Kathy, a Boston girl who goes to Calgary for her health, and marries a RCMP sergeant. The authors said they wrote the novel based on talks with Katherine O'Fallon Flanigan, and some claim it isn't very truthful, but it IS a wonderful story.

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11/2013

Above The Law

Freedman, J. F.
Lawyer Luke Garrison becomes a special prosecuter to investigate a DEA drug bust gone sour. Also has Kate Blanchard, both from from other books. Does not seem to use the phrase "I feature", thank goodness!!

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6/2002

Against The Wind

Freedman, J. F.
Bikers get busted in Santa Fe for a murder they didn't do.

WORDS I HAD TO LOOK UP:

Placket (pg. 239) 1. A slit in a dress, blouse, or skirt to make the garment easy to put on or take off. 2. A pocket, especially in a women's skirt.

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4/2002
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[Abadzis - Alcott] [Alcott - Anderson] [Andreae - Atkinson] [Atkinson - Balf] [Ballard - Barnard] [Barnard - Barnes] [Barnhill - Barr] [Barr - Bear] [Bear - Beaton] [Beaton - Beaton] [Beattie - Bivald] [Black - Block] [Block - Bonham] [Borchert - Brenaman] [Brennert - Bryson] [Bryson - Bujold] [Bujold - Cannell] [Cannell - Card] [Card - Caunitz] [Caunitz - Choldenko] [Choldenko - Clarke] [Clarke - Cody] [Cody - Colfer] [Colfer - Connelly] [Connelly - Constantine] [Constantine - Corbett] [Corcoran - Crais] [Crais - Crichton] [Crichton - Curry] [Curry - Cussler] [Cussler - Dean] [Deaver - Dixon] [Dixon - Dowell] [Dozois - DuPrau] [Durham - Emerson] [Emerson - Evanovich] [Evans - Farmer] [Farmer - Fitzhugh] [Flanagan - Flinn] [Flint - Foster] [Foster - Francis] [Francis - Francis] [Francis - Freedman] [Freedman - Gaiman] [Galli - Gerber] [Gibbons - Gores] [Gores - Granger] [Granger - Greenfield] [Greenlaw - Grimes] [Grimes - Haddix] [Haddix - Hall] [Hall - Hallinan] [Hallinan - Hautman] [Hautman - Heinlein] [Heinlein - Heller] [Heller - Herman] [Herman - Hess] [Hesse - Higgins] [Highsmith - Hobb] [Hobb - Hosseini.] [Howe - Iversen] [Ives - Johnson] [Johnson - Kaminsky] [Kaminsky - Kellog] [Kellog - King] [King - Klise] [Knight - Kraus] [Krueger - Larson] [Larson - Leckie] [Leckie - Leonard] [Lescroart - Lichtman] [Liebster - Lowry] [Lowry - Lynch] [MacAvoy - Mankell] [Mankell - Martine] [Martine - Matas] [Matthews - McCall Smith] [McCall Smith - McCrumb] [McCullers - Meluch] [Meluch - Moffett] [Monninger - Moon] [Moore - Muir] [Muir - Nicholson] [Nimmo - Norton] [Novik - O'Brian] [O'Brian - Oliver] [Oppel - Paretsky] [Paretsky - Parker] [Parker - Parker] [Parker - Patterson] [Patterson - Pears] [Pears - Perry] [Perry - Pohl] [Pope - Poyer] [Poyer - Pratchett] [Pratchett - Pronzini] [Pronzini - Pullman] [Pullman - Reeve] [Reeve - Riggs] [Ringo - Robinson] [Robinson - Rowling] [Rubens - Saberhage] [Saberhagen - Scalzi] [Scalzi - Scieszka] [Scithers - Scottoline] [Scottoline - Sheinkin] [Sheinkin - Simak] [Singer - Sneider] [Snelling - Standiford] [Stanhope - Stephenson] [Stephenson - Stross] [Stross - Swee] [Sweeney - Tepper] [Thompson - Turtledove] [Turtledove - Van Draanen] [Van Draanen - Varley] [Veglahn - Watts] [Webster - Werlin] [West - Westlake] [Westlake - Winchester] [Winchester - Woods] [Wouk - Zusak] 

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