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Dick Francis (1920–2010)

Autor/a de To the Hilt

244+ obres 60,000 Membres 975 Ressenyes 168 preferits

Sobre l'autor

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 mostra'n més 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) mostra'n menys

Inclou aquests noms: D. Frensis, Dik Frensis, Dick Francis

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Obres de Dick Francis

To the Hilt (1996) 1,868 exemplars
Decider (1993) 1,721 exemplars
Under Orders (2006) 1,703 exemplars
Come to Grief (1995) 1,701 exemplars
10-lb. Penalty (1997) 1,700 exemplars
Wild Horses (1994) 1,672 exemplars
Shattered (2000) 1,646 exemplars
The Edge (1988) 1,639 exemplars
Hot Money (1987) 1,638 exemplars
Straight (1989) 1,556 exemplars
Proof (1985) 1,541 exemplars
Longshot (1990) 1,527 exemplars
Second Wind (1999) 1,511 exemplars
Bolt (1986) 1,484 exemplars
Driving Force (1992) — Autor — 1,466 exemplars
Break In (1985) 1,457 exemplars
Comeback (1991) 1,419 exemplars
Banker (1982) 1,410 exemplars
Reflex (1980) 1,404 exemplars
The Danger (1983) 1,358 exemplars
Field of Thirteen (1998) 1,355 exemplars
Whip Hand (1979) 1,340 exemplars
Dead Cert (1962) 1,303 exemplars
Dead Heat (2007) 1,285 exemplars
For Kicks (1965) 1,234 exemplars
Twice Shy (1982) 1,206 exemplars
In the Frame (1976) 1,179 exemplars
Nerve (1964) 1,178 exemplars
High Stakes (1975) 1,148 exemplars
Odds Against (1965) 1,146 exemplars
Smokescreen (1972) 1,119 exemplars
Bonecrack (1971) 1,118 exemplars
Rat Race (1970) 1,106 exemplars
Enquiry (1969) 1,103 exemplars
Blood Sport (1967) 1,088 exemplars
Flying Finish (1966) 1,084 exemplars
Risk (1977) 1,082 exemplars
Slay Ride (1973) 1,072 exemplars
Silks (2008) 1,065 exemplars
Forfeit (1968) 1,042 exemplars
Knock Down (1974) 1,025 exemplars
Trial Run (1978) 1,002 exemplars
Even Money (2009) 816 exemplars
Crossfire (2010) 768 exemplars
The Slow Awakening (1976) — Autor — 107 exemplars
Racing Classics (1995) 73 exemplars
The Dick Francis Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1989) — Editor; Col·laborador — 59 exemplars
Spring Fever (1993) 38 exemplars
The Dick Francis Complete Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1991) — Editor; Col·laborador — 34 exemplars
The New Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1991) — Editor; Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
Nerve [and] Smokescreen (2004) 17 exemplars
Enquiry [and] Reflex (1982) 16 exemplars
Flying Finish [and] Hot Money (2003) 15 exemplars
Whip Hand [and] Odds Against (2006) 15 exemplars
Flying Finish [and] For Kicks (1986) 15 exemplars
Knock Down [and] Bonecrack (2004) 14 exemplars
Three Favourites (1978) 14 exemplars
Longshot / Risk (1977) 13 exemplars
Straight / Banker (1990) 12 exemplars
Forfeit [and] Blood Sport (1988) 12 exemplars
10 lb. Penalty [Abridged Audio] (1997) — Autor — 11 exemplars
Hot Money [and] In the Frame (1994) 10 exemplars
Come to Grief [and] For Kicks (2006) 10 exemplars
Decider [Abridged Audio Book] (1993) 10 exemplars
Decider [and] High Stakes (2006) 10 exemplars
Straight / Trial Run (2007) 10 exemplars
In the Frame [and] Dead Cert (1962) 9 exemplars
The Edge [and] Comeback (2002) 8 exemplars
Rat Race [and] To the Hilt (2003) 8 exemplars
Das große Krimi- Lesebuch. (1992) 8 exemplars
Slay Ride [and] Knock Down (1993) 6 exemplars
High Stakes [and] Smokescreen (2000) 5 exemplars
Flying Finish/Rat Race (1995) 3 exemplars
Bonecrack/Enquiry/Smokescreen (1986) 3 exemplars
Dead Ringer 2 exemplars
Dick Francis - The Racing Game (2002) 2 exemplars
The First Year 2 exemplars
Forever 2 exemplars
The Hated 2 exemplars
The Edge (abridged) 2 exemplars
Nachtmerries (1989) 2 exemplars
High Stakes Money (1977) 2 exemplars
Střepy (2010) 1 exemplars
Nervy ; : Dražby 1 exemplars
High Voltage 1 exemplars
Visszatérés 1 exemplars
O regresso (108) 1 exemplars
El doble o nada 1 exemplars
Finiš 1 exemplars
The Big Story 1 exemplars
Argosy 1966--October (1966) 1 exemplars
Bonecrack [and] In the Frame (2017) 1 exemplars
Break In/Knockdown 1 exemplars
Dick Francis 5 Book Set (2006) 1 exemplars
The Racing Man's Bedside Book (1969) — Editor — 1 exemplars
libros condensados 1 exemplars
The Venus Trap 1 exemplars
Ambitii (2000) 1 exemplars
Bolt [abridged] 1 exemplars
Med livet som innsats (1998) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988) — Col·laborador — 193 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Villains (1992) — Col·laborador — 136 exemplars
Verdict of 13 (1978) — Col·laborador — 71 exemplars
Ross Macdonald Selects Great Stories of Suspense (1974) — Col·laborador — 70 exemplars
1st Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1992) — Col·laborador — 59 exemplars
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1986 v02 (1986) — Autor, algunes edicions37 exemplars
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Col·laborador — 34 exemplars
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1988 v02 (1988) — Autor — 33 exemplars
The Verdict of Us All (2006) — Pròleg — 22 exemplars
Murder at the Races (1995) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2007 v02 #290 (2007) — Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
A Feast of Stories (1996) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
The Gourmet Crook Book (1976) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
Galaxy Science Fiction 1953 May, Vol. 6, No. 2 (1953) — Il·lustrador — 10 exemplars
Escape Stories (1980) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Galaxy Science Fiction 1957 June, Vol. 14, No. 2 (1957) — Il·lustrador — 9 exemplars
RDSELP v187 Crossfire | Calling Invisible Women (2014) — Autor — 9 exemplars
Galaxy Science Fiction 1957 April, Vol. 13, No. 6 (1957) — Il·lustrador — 7 exemplars
Slay-Ride | Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat | The Lester Affair (1974) — Col·laborador; Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1977 (1977) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Válogatott könyvek (2000) 4 exemplars
Proof | Birds of a Feather | A Trail of Ashes (1985) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Best Detective Stories 1980 (1980) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1980 (1980) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Murder Most British [abridged audio] — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Banker | Murder in High Places | The Terrible Tide (1983) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars

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Third Race at the LT Racetrack: Book 1, Banker a 75 Books Challenge for 2021 (febrer 2021)
Chat a Book Discussion : Proof by Dick Francis (desembre 2017)
Second Wind, Dick Francis a World Reading Circle (febrer 2013)

Ressenyes

This one was a little darker than most of the Dick Francis books I've read thus far, but still a very good story. I never did understand exactly what the main character did for a living, but got the impression that Gene Hawkins was a bit of a corporate fixer. Hawkins is on holiday and is also increasingly depressed to the point of being suicidal when his boss asks him to take his vacation in the U.S. to look for a pair of valuable stud horses of his that had been shanghaied. A lot of twists and turns before this one is resolved, but there is a constant feel of melancholy about it.… (més)
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AliceAnna | Hi ha 20 ressenyes més | May 28, 2024 |
A mystery revolving around he death of a jockey. Like most of his books, I enjoy reading them but don't always remember them clearly. I find them relaxing.
 
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clue | Hi ha 48 ressenyes més | May 26, 2024 |
Written in 1982, this was an excellent thriller. Tim Ekaterin is an investment banker in the firm begun by his grandfather. He was raised by parents more interested in partying than banking. After his father's death, his mother's gambling habit drove the family into bankruptcy. His uncle agrees to bail his mother out if Tim works for the bank.

Not expecting much more than to fulfill his agreement with his uncle, Tim finds that he has the talent to be an excellent merchant banker. He is happy learning under his mentor Gordon and being quietly in love with Gordon's wife.

When Gordon goes through a medication issue in his treatment for Parkinson's Disease, Tim takes over for him until he is ready to come back. During his time as head, he convinces his firm to lend money to a young cartoonist that several other banks have turned down. The cartoonist's quick and major success not only gives Tim confidence in his judgment but gives him the reputation as a lucky man.

An outing with the Chairman and Gordon and his wife Juliet to the horse races brings a new opportunity to Tim and the bank. Tim sees Sandcastle win a stunning victory and also meets and saves the life of a faith healer whose patients are horses.

When a trainer comes to Tim to ask for financing to purchase Sandcastle to put him to stud, Tim convinces the bank to come up with the eight million that are needed. Tim spends time at the breeding farm and meets the owner's young daughter. He becomes friends during his frequent visits.

When the owner calls some time later, he has a problem. It seems that Sandcastle's foals are showing a much higher than average number of birth defects. Sandcastle's problems as a stud threaten to not only bankrupt the trainer but cause a substantial loss for the bank too.

Tim has only a short period of time to figure out if the problem is with Sandcastle or if someone is manipulating things for their own purposes. And when the trainer's young daughter is murdered the stakes go even higher.

This was an excellent story. Tim is a wonderful main character who is both smart and honorable. The prose isn't flowery, but the emotional intensity is there. Simon Prebble did a wonderful job of bringing Tim Ekaterin to life.
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kmartin802 | Hi ha 23 ressenyes més | May 2, 2024 |
Set on cross-country train in Canada
 
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Dorothy2012 | Hi ha 17 ressenyes més | Apr 22, 2024 |

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Obres
244
També de
153
Membres
60,000
Popularitat
#241
Valoració
3.8
Ressenyes
975
ISBN
2,436
Llengües
23
Preferit
168

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