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Crossfire

Francis, Dick
Co-authored with Felix Francis. Tom comes back from the war in Afghanistan missing foot to stay with his horse-trainer mother. Good, dependable (as The Seattle Times said)horses-and-crime story. My only question is, what happened to Tom's watch?

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7/2011

Dead Cert

Francis, Dick
Jockey Alan York tries to find out why his friend was killed during a horse race.

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7/2001

Dead Heat

Francis, Dick
Chef Max caters a meal and 200 or so people get sick. REALLY sick. And then there's the bomb. And later, his house is burned. And before that, his brakes are tampered with. And he meets a hot viola player. But later, he gets whacked with a polo mallet, then nearly blown up again! Yikes! Good stuff, better than his last book, I think. And always remember to boil the kidney beans!

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3/2008

Decider

Francis, Dick
Builder/Architect Lee Morris takes care of old business at the relatives horse racing track.

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7/2001

Driving Force

Francis, Dick
Freddie Croft owns a fleet of horse vans. He tells is drivers not to pick up hitchhikers, but one does and the guy drops dead during the ride. Very good story.

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8/2001

Enquiry

Francis, Dick
Jockey Kelly Hughes loses his riding licence (Eng. Spelling) and tries to find out who set him up. I wonder what kind of Lotus he drives?

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6/2003

Even Money

Francis, Dick
Written with his son, Felix Francis. A bookie meets his father after 37 years, then dad is murdered. Pretty good!

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11/2009

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12/2011

Field Of Thirteen

Francis, Dick
A collection of shortish stories. Very good. I like the first one, "Raid At Kingdom Hill", the best, I think.

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5/2003

Flying Finish

Francis, Dick
Henry Grey, blood stock agent, pilot, jockey, etc., finally falls in love with a woman in Italy, but nearly is murdered by by his boss.

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7/2001

For Kicks

Francis, Dick
Australian horse trainer Dan Roke goes undercover in Great Britain as a stable lad to find evidance of doping.

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It took me until late afternoon to find what I wanted, a souped-up 500-cc Norton, four years old and the ex-property of a now one-legged young man who done the ton once too often on the Great North Road. --pg. 80.

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6/2003

Forfeit

Francis, Dick
Newspaperman James Tyrone uncovers a vicious gang running a betting scheme. Unlikely resolution with invalid wife.

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6/2003

High Stakes

Francis, Dick
Toymaker Steven Scott has to engineer a horsey switcharoo to eck revenge on the trainer that ripped him off big time.

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6/2003

Hot Money

Francis, Dick
Amateur jockey Ian Pembroke sorts out family squabbles while protecting his father from assault. Touching ending.

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8/2001

In The Frame

Francis, Dick
Painter (of horses) Charles Todd goes to Australia to see if he can find out who killed his cousin-in-law.

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"All the world's a chiaroscuro, and all the men and women merely blobs of light and shade."--pg. 183

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6/2003

Knockdown

Francis, Dick
Jonah Dereham, ex-jockey and horse buyer, keeps trying to buck the system, and keeps getting beat up for his troubles. Yet another poignant ending.

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7/2001

Longshot

Francis, Dick
A writer (of survival books, mostly) researches a biography of a racehorse trainer.

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6/2001

Nerve

Francis, Dick
A steeplechase jockey Rob Finn is accused of losing his nerve. Very good story!

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8/2001

Proof

Francis, Dick
My first Dick Francis book, and it's fabulous! Wine merchant Tony Beach helps find who is selling faked vintage wine.

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6/2001

Rat Race

Francis, Dick
Pilot Matt Shore would like to know who blew up his air taxi (while ferrying jockeys, trainers and owners, of course).

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Shabby pin-ups of superhuman mammalian development were stuck to the walls with Sellotape, and a scatter of torn-off patches of paint showed where dozens of others had been stuck before. --pg. 96

BONUS QUOTE:

After I finished the sandwich I unstuck the Sellotape and took all the bosomy ladies down. The thrusting pairs of heavily ringed nipples regard me sorrowfully, like spaniels" eyes. Smiling, I folded them decently over and dropped them in the rubbish bin. --pg. 169

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6/2003

Reflex

Francis, Dick
Jockey/photographer Philip Nore finds some interesting photos in a dead track photographer's junk box, an sees what develops. Very good, tricky photography puzzles.

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7/2001
20 books displayed
[Abadzis- Alcott] [Alcott- Anderson] [Andreae- Atkinson] [Atkinson- Balliett] [Balliett- Barnard] [Barnard- Barr] [Barr- Barrows] [Barry- Bear] [Bear- Beaton] [Beaton- Beattie, editor] [Beck- Black] [Black- Block] [Block- Bosch] [Bosch- Brillant] [Brin- Bryson] [Bryson- Bujold] [Bujold- Card] [Card- Card] [Card- Chabon] [Chainani- Clancy] [Clancy- Coben] [Coben- Colfer] [Colfer- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Cook] [Cook- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Creech] [Creech- Crusie] [Crusie- Cussler] [Cussler- Davies] [Davis- Dilloway] [Dilloway- Dorsey] [Dowd- Dunning] [DuPrau- Elkins] [Ellms- Evanovich] [Evanovich- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Finnin] [Fisher Smith- Fleischman] [Fleischman- Foster] [Foster- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Freedman] [Freedman- Gaiman] [Gaiman- Geist] [George- Gonzalez] [Gores- Granger] [Granger- Greenbaum] [Greenberg- Grimes] [Grimes- Haddix] [Haddix- Hale] [Hall- Hallinan] [Hallinan- Hautman] [Hautman- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heller] [Heller- Herman] [Herrera- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Highsmith] [Hillerman- Hobbs] [Hobbs- Howe] [Hudgens- Jackson] [Jacobs- Jones] [Jones- Kaminsky] [Kaminsky- Kerasote] [Key- King-Smith] [King-Smith- Konigsburg] [Konrath- Lahiri] [Lampman- Lawrence] [Lawrence- Leonard] [Leonard- Lewis] [Lewis- Lott] [Louv- Lutz] [Lutz- Maguire] [Maguire- Martin] [Martin- Massey] [Matas- McCall Smith] [McCall Smith- McCrumb] [McCrumb- Meluch] [Meluch- Monninger] [Montgomery- Morris] [Morrison- Nance] [Napoli- Niven] [Northcutt- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Connor] [O'Dell- Paretsky] [Paretsky- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Patron] [Patterson- Paulsen] [Paulsen- Penny] [Perez-Reverte- Pinkwater] [Platt- Poyer] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pullman] [Pullman- Readers Digest] [Readers Digest- Rich] [Richardson- Robinson] [Robinson- Rowling] [Rowling- Ryan] [Rylant- Scalzi] [Scalzi- Scieszka] [Scieszka- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Sheinkin] [Shelton- Skloot] [Sleator- Sontag] [Soto- Stark] [Stark- Stephenson] [Stern- Stroud] [Stroud- Tappy] [Tappyly- Trevino] [Trevor- Urrea] [Ursu- Vande Velde] [Vande Velde- Wambaugh] [Wasdin- Westlake] [Westlake- Weyn] [Whelan- Wodehouse] [Wodehouse- Yolen] [Zahn- Zusak] 

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