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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).

QUOTE:

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

Risk

Francis, Dick
Accountant and amateur jockey Roland Britten keeps getting kidnapped.

QUOTE:

"I had a friend whose boyfriend insisted on taking her sailing," she said. "She said she didn't terribly mind being wet, or cold, or hungry, or seasick, or frightened. She just didn't like them all at once."

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6/2003

Second Wind

Francis, Dick
Meteoroligist Perry Stuart visits Florida, flies through a hurricane, crashes in the ocean, crashes again on land, meets a good woman, and helps catch the bad guys selling nuclear gook.

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7/2001

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
20 books displayed
[Abadzis- Alcott] [Alcott- Anderson] [Andreae- Atkinson] [Atkinson- Ballard] [Balliett- Barnard] [Barnard- Barnhill] [Barr- Barr] [Barrows- Bear] [Bear- Beaton] [Beaton- Beattie] [Beattie, editor- Black] [Black- Block] [Block- Borchert] [Bosch- Brennert] [Brillant- Bryson] [Bryson- Bujold] [Bujold- Card] [Card- Card] [Card- Chabon] [Chabon- Clancy] [Clancy- Coakley] [Coben- Cole] [Cole- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Cook] [Cook- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Crais] [Crais- Crumley] [Crumley- Cussler] [Cussler- David] [Davidson- Dickinson] [Dickinson- Dorsey] [Dorsey- Duane] [Duble- Elkins] [Elkins- Evanovich] [Evanovich- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Ferris] [Ferris- Flanagan] [Flanagan- Ford] [Forester- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Gaiman] [Gaiman- Gash] [Gash- Goldberg] [Goldberg- Grafton] [Grafton- Gratz] [Graves- Grennan] [Griffin- Grisham] [Grisham- Haldeman] [Haldeman- Hall] [Hallinan- Harte] [Hartwell- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heller] [Heller- Henry] [Hepler- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hobb] [Hobb- Horowitz] [Horowitz- Hyman] [Ibbotson- Jocelyn] [Johansen- Kaminsky] [Kaminsky- Kelley] [Kellog- Kienzle] [King- Klise] [Klise- Krueger] [Kurland- Larsson] [Lasky- Lee] [Lee- Lescroart] [Lescroart- Little] [Little- Lowry] [Lu- Macleod] [Macleod- Marcinko] [Marcinko- Mass] [Mass- McBain] [McBain- McCrumb] [McCrumb- McNab] [McNally- Mikaelsen] [Miles- Moore] [Moore- Mullane] [Muller- Nimmo] [Nimmo- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Brian] [O'Brien- Owens] [Palacio- Park] [Park- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Paulsen] [Paulsen- Peck] [Peck- Pfeffer] [Pfeffer- Posey] [Powell- Prager] [Pratchett- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pynchon] [Pynchon- Reeves] [Rehder- Riordan] [Riordan- Rose] [Rose- Russell] [Russell- Savage] [Savin- Schmatz] [Schmidt- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Setterfield] [Shaffer- Shute] [Sijie- Smith] [Smith- Spinelli] [Spinelli- Steinberg] [Steinhauer- Stross] [Stross- Swee] [Sweeney- Tepper] [Thompson- Turtledove] [Turtledove- Van Draanen] [Van Draanen- Veglahn] [Villasenor- Webster] [Weeks- Westlake] [Westlake- Wiles] [Wiles- Woodring] [Woodruff- Zevin] [Zimmerman- Zusak] 

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