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Racehorse Thrillers by Dick Francis - the World Famous Writer of Horse Racing murder stories

In our opinion, Dick Francis is the best ever author of Horse Racing thrillers. His prolific output is astounding and each and every Dick Francis horse racing thriller has one on the edge of one’s seat.

The very famous Dick Francis was born in 1920 in South Wales and served time in the Royal Air Force. After the second world war, Dick Francis became well known for his prowess in National Hunt racing. Dick Francis has an impressive record with over 300 races to his credit and achieved Champion Jockey status in 1953/1954. He retired from horse racing after a serious fall in 1957.

Dick Francis’s experience in the horse-racing world stood him in good stead when he decided to use his knowledge and experience to write fictional horse-racing stories. This knowledge of jockeys & racehorses and his own horse racingexperience was invaluable in helping with his thriller writings. Dick Francis incorporate all this horse racing knowledge into his stories & he makes one feel part of the wonderful world of horse racing -The Sport of Kings.

Although he lived in the Cayman Islands, Dick Francis visited England for the Grand National every year. Sadly the celebrated Dick Francis died in February 2010. If you have any interest in the horse racing world whatsoever, you are guaranteed many hours of enjoyment from each and every one of the following Dick Francis Titles:

Published Summary of Dick Francis books & the date published

Dead Cert 1962 Horse racing Jockey turns private detective to solve the murder of his friend and fellow jockey.

Nerve 1964 A young jockey is struggling to make his name but it looks as though he has lost his nerve for Horse racing - or has he?

Odds Against 1965 The first Sid Halley book. Sid, champion jockey has to give up Horse racing when his hand is smashed, so he turns to a new life as a private eye.

For Kicks 1965
Australian visitor goes undercover as a stable hand in a racing stable to solve a racehorse doping scandal

Flying Finish 1966 A young aristocrat throws up a respectable job to join a firm which transports race horses all over the world.

Blood Sport 1967
An encounter with a couple in punt leads investigator Gene Hawkins on a chase for lost race horses across the United States.

Forfeit 1968 Racing correspondent for a newspaper dedicated to exposing scandals in the noisiest way becomes involved in exposing a racing fraud while dealing with the problems of his marriage to a woman housebound by polio.

Enquiry 1969 To a jockey losing his Horse racing licence is the equivalent of being disbarred or struck off. Kelly Hughes is not guilty and with nothing left to lose he begins a search for the men who framed him.

Rat Race 1970 Air taxi business for race goers travelling to racecourses featuring an in-the-air rescue sequence.

Bonecrack 1971 At first the abduction at Newmarket, the UKs centre for Racehorse training, seems to have no purpose as Neil Griffin is set free within hours. Then the threats of injury and extortion begin.

Smokescreen 1972 An actor goes to South Africa to solve a Horse racing mystery for a friend and the result is villainy and intrigue more deadly than any of his films.

Slay Ride 1973 Set in Norway's fjord country where an official of the English jockey club is sent to investigate the disappearance of steeplechase jockey.

Knock Down 1974 Ex-jockey purchases a modestly priced race horse for a commission and finds someone else is willing to kill to obtain the racehorse.

High Stakes 1975 Steven Scott, wealthy toy maker and racehorse owner, sacks his trainer because he suspects he's a crook. The trainer threatens to sue Scott for slander if Scott tells anyone why he fired the trainer. Scott is viewed as the bad guy by the horse racing crowd for firing a trainer who had provided him with horses that won races .

In The Frame 1976 Jockey turned portrait artist for race horses becomes involved in solving the murder of his cousin's wife.

Risk 1977 An amateur racehorse jockey, who is also a partner in an accounting firm, wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup and then he is abducted not once, but twice for no apparent reasons.

Trial Run 1978 A retired Horse racing jockey is sent to Moscow on a delicate investigation involving royalty and the Moscow Olympics.

Whip Hand 1979 Second Sid Halley novel - Sid outwits a sadistic bookie and chain-wielding goons during the investigation of a racehorse doping scandal.

Reflex 1981 A jockey turns to photography as a career and becomes embroiled in the aftermath of the strange death of a racetrack photographer.

Twice Shy 1981 Computer program containing bookie-breaking system for Horse racing is unintentionally given to a sharp-shooting physics teacher.

Banker 1982 Merchant banker wants to invest in a prime racehorse stallion

The Danger 1983 Finding kidnappers is the company's business. A girl jockey disappears, followed by the young child of a Derby winner, and the senior steward of the Jockey Club.

Proof 1984
An unexplained accident during a Sunday morning party at a racing stable leads the wine merchant into solving the mystery.

Break In 1985 Kit's twin sister is married to the son of Maynard Allardeck, who maintains a feud against the Fieldings, and their racehorse stables are the target of a smear campaign.

Bolt 1986 Another Horse racing Thriller. A princess is blackmailed, and his feud with Maynard Allardeck has once again intensified.

Hot Money 1987
A blockbuster abour thoroughbred racehorses.A millionaire's estranged, fifth wife is murdered and he turns to the son of one of his previous wives for help.

The Edge 1988 Murder mystery involving racehorses on the Canadian transcontinental train.

Straight 1989 Jockey's brother Greville dies mysteriously, and he inherits his business, gemstones, gadgets, enemies, racehorses and even his mistress.

Longshot 1990 Author who has written six books on survival skills is commissioned to write the biography of a famous racehorse trainer.

Comeback 1991 Diplomat returns to England and becomes embroiled in a horse racing mystery involving a veterinary surgeon with serious troubles.

Driving Force 1992 Retired jockey, Freddie Croft, runs a fleet of transporters for race horses. One of his drivers picks up a hitch hiker and the firm becomes embroiled in a complicated conspiracy.

Decider 1993 Architect builder, and father of six sons, is drawn into a family squabble to save the multi-million Stratton Park race course.

Wild Horses 1994 While making a film about racing in Newmarket, the director finds himself facing a dilemma of whether to reveal the truth which he learned from a deathbed confession.Another racehorse thriller.

Come To Grief 1995 Sid Halley becomes convinced that one of his closest friends, and a well known television personality is behind a series of violent acts against racehorses.

To The Hilt 1996 Artist in Scotland has a quiet life until he returns home one day to find a group of strangers waiting for him.

10 lb penalty 1997
In practice, a 10-lb penalty is the maximum extra weight a winning thoroughbred is normally set to carry in a horse race. Ben Juliard discovers a 10-lb penalty can be a killer when he finds himself the target of his politician father's enemies.

Fix the National and other horse racing stories Audio book - five short stories of racing world mysteries. Chief superintendent Crispin wanted the impossible. He had asked the stewards to fix the Grand National! Even if it meant catching the perpetrators of the Birmingham Bank robbery, could the Jockey Club sanction such a move, and how could they pull it off?

Field of 13 1998 Thirteen short horse racing stories, some old and included in the audio tape described above, and others new. Thirteen diverse characters from book-makers to news editors, from crooked lawyers to contract killers.

Second Wind 1999 This time hurricanes and the men who chart and follow them are the theme of the Horse racing thriller. The hero is Perry Stuart, a TV weatherman who, while chasing a hurricane, becomes embroiled in a storm of a very different sort (Globe and Mail, October 29, 1999)

Shattered 2000
When a jockey dies following a fall in a steeplechase, he accidentally embroils his friend Gerry Logan, an artisan glassblower, in a perilous search for a stolen videotape. …. Glass shatters. Logan doesn’t – but it’s a close thing. (Dust jacket notes)

Under Orders 2006
Sid Halley is drawn into investigation of three deaths, race fixing and internet gambling… “the darker side of the race game, in a life and death power play that will push him to his very limits – both professionally and personally.” (dust jacket notes)

Dead Heat 2007
(with his son, Felix Francis) a restaurant owner gets into hot water when guests at a gala race course dinner become very ill with food poisoning.

Silks 2008 (with Felix Francis) Geoffrey Mason, barrister, is also an amateur jockey. But when a fellow rider is brutally murdered the prime suspect is a champion jockey. Mason soon finds himself fighting a battle of right and wrong and more immediately a battle of life and death ... his own.

Even Money 2009 (with Felix Francis) Bookie Ned Talbot uncovers the truth about his father and becomes embroiled in a Horse racing gambling scam. “This race may prove deadly”