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Dick Francis (1920–2010)

Autor(a) de To the Hilt

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Obras de Dick Francis

To the Hilt (1996) 1,835 cópias
Decider (1993) 1,703 cópias
Under Orders (2006) 1,679 cópias
Come to Grief (1995) 1,671 cópias
10-lb. Penalty (1997) 1,668 cópias
Wild Horses (1994) 1,649 cópias
Hot Money (1987) 1,625 cópias
Shattered (2000) 1,621 cópias
The Edge (1988) 1,616 cópias
Straight (1989) 1,538 cópias
Proof (1985) 1,524 cópias
Longshot (1990) 1,510 cópias
Second Wind (1999) 1,491 cópias
Bolt (1986) 1,465 cópias
Break In (1985) 1,445 cópias
Driving Force (1992) — Autor — 1,444 cópias
Comeback (1991) 1,401 cópias
Banker (1982) 1,400 cópias
Reflex (1980) 1,390 cópias
The Danger (1983) 1,336 cópias
Field of Thirteen (1998) 1,330 cópias
Whip Hand (1979) 1,322 cópias
Dead Cert (1962) 1,290 cópias
Dead Heat (2007) 1,270 cópias
For Kicks (1965) 1,222 cópias
Twice Shy (1982) 1,192 cópias
In the Frame (1976) 1,167 cópias
Nerve (1964) 1,159 cópias
High Stakes (1975) 1,141 cópias
Odds Against (1965) 1,129 cópias
Bonecrack (1971) 1,111 cópias
Smokescreen (1972) 1,107 cópias
Rat Race (1970) 1,097 cópias
Enquiry (1969) 1,097 cópias
Flying Finish (1966) 1,074 cópias
Risk (1977) 1,072 cópias
Blood Sport (1967) 1,072 cópias
Slay Ride (1973) 1,065 cópias
Silks (2008) 1,042 cópias
Forfeit (1968) 1,031 cópias
Knock Down (1974) 1,014 cópias
Trial Run (1978) 992 cópias
Even Money (2009) 805 cópias
Crossfire (2010) 758 cópias
Racing Classics (1995) 72 cópias
The Dick Francis Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1990) — Editor & Contributor — 59 cópias
Spring Fever (1993) 38 cópias
The Dick Francis Complete Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1989) — Editor & Contributor — 34 cópias
Nerve [and] Smokescreen (2004) 17 cópias
The New Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1992) — Editor & Contributor — 17 cópias
Enquiry [and] Reflex (1982) 15 cópias
Knock Down [and] Bonecrack (2004) 14 cópias
Whip Hand [and] Odds Against (2006) 14 cópias
Three Favourites (1978) 13 cópias
Longshot / Risk (1977) 12 cópias
Straight / Banker (1990) 12 cópias
Forfeit [and] Blood Sport (1988) 11 cópias
10 lb. Penalty [Abridged Audio] (1997) — Autor — 11 cópias
Straight / Trial Run (2007) 9 cópias
Rat Race [and] To the Hilt (2003) 8 cópias
Decider [and] High Stakes (2006) 8 cópias
The Edge [and] Comeback (2002) 8 cópias
Das große Krimi- Lesebuch. (1992) 8 cópias
Slay Ride [and] Knock Down (1993) 6 cópias
Flying Finish/Rat Race (1995) 3 cópias
Forever 2 cópias
The Hated 2 cópias
High Stakes Money (1977) 2 cópias
Dead Ringer 2 cópias
Nachtmerries (1989) 2 cópias
The First Year 2 cópias
Argosy 1966--October (1966) 1 exemplar(es)
Olimpíada en Moscú 1 exemplar(es)
Střepy (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
Nervy ; : Dražby 1 exemplar(es)
Nightmare [short story] 1 exemplar(es)
A Carrot for a Chestnut 1 exemplar(es)
Visszatérés 1 exemplar(es)
High Voltage 1 exemplar(es)
O regresso (108) 1 exemplar(es)
Finiš 1 exemplar(es)
Det Bästas bokval. 1 exemplar(es)
Bolt [abridged] 1 exemplar(es)
Med livet som innsats (1998) 1 exemplar(es)
150 Years of the Aintree Legend (1988) 1 exemplar(es)
Break In/Knockdown 1 exemplar(es)
Dick Francis Collection [8-in-1] (2011) 1 exemplar(es)
Bonecrack [and] In the Frame (2017) 1 exemplar(es)
The Big Story 1 exemplar(es)
Dick Francis Collection [9-in-1] (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
Ambitii (2000) 1 exemplar(es)
The Racing Man's Bedside Book (1969) — Editor — 1 exemplar(es)
The Gift [short story] 1 exemplar(es)
libros condensados 1 exemplar(es)
The Venus Trap 1 exemplar(es)
Dick Francis 5 Book Set (2006) 1 exemplar(es)
The Rape of Kingdom Hill 1 exemplar(es)
Dick Francis Boxed Set 1 [10-in-1] (2004) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988) — Contribuinte — 187 cópias
The Oxford Book of Villains (1992) — Contribuinte — 136 cópias
Verdict of 13 (1978) — Contribuinte — 70 cópias
Ross Macdonald Selects Great Stories of Suspense (1974) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias
1st Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1992) — Contribuinte — 58 cópias
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1986 v02 (1986) — Autor, algumas edições37 cópias
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1988 v02 (1988) — Autor — 33 cópias
The Verdict of Us All (2006) — Prefácio — 21 cópias
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2007 v02 #290 (2007) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Murder at the Races (1995) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
A Feast of Stories (1996) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
The Gourmet Crook Book (1976) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Galaxy Science Fiction 1953 May, Vol. 6, No. 2 (1953) — Ilustrador — 10 cópias
Galaxy Science Fiction 1957 June, Vol. 14, No. 2 (1957) — Ilustrador — 9 cópias
RDSELP v187 Crossfire | Calling Invisible Women (2014) — Autor — 9 cópias
Escape Stories (1980) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
Galaxy Science Fiction 1957 April, Vol. 13, No. 6 (1957) — Ilustrador — 7 cópias
Slay-Ride | Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat | The Lester Affair (1974) — Contribuinte; Contribuinte — 6 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1977 (1977) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Válogatott könyvek (2000) 4 cópias
Best Detective Stories 1980 (1980) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Proof | Birds of a Feather | A Trail of Ashes (1985) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1980 (1980) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Murder Most British [abridged audio] — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Banker | Murder in High Places | The Terrible Tide (1983) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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Conhecimento Comum



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


BooksInMirror | outras 20 resenhas | Feb 19, 2024 |
Another excellent Penguin 60. I have never read any work of Dick Francis and this little book is an excellent taster. The first chapter of 'Dead Cert', a murder mystery set at Maidenhead racecourse, made me want to read the whole story - to buy the paperback or see if the book was in the local library. The other tale in this book is a short story and I am glad I set aside the time to read it in one go. The Gift is set at the Kentucky Derby and the tale of a journalist no longer at his best - what an excellent story it is, beautifully written, a clever twist, and I was able to have in my mind my favourite film genre - a film noir, complete with the classic American narrator. Brilliant a story and entertaining.… (mais)
lestermay | Feb 10, 2024 |
I love most Dick Francis books, but not this one. While most of his books center around horse racing, this one just has it mentioned as an aside, and maybe this is where the book goes wrong. There never seemed to be a single plot, or maybe the plot got diverted on too many tangents. I don't know. A lot was going on in the book, and most of it hardly seemed connected. This book's main character was a meteorologist, and it was well researched, but maybe too well, because it bogged down in places, and a lot of loose threads. Not my favorite.… (mais)
cjyap1 | outras 20 resenhas | Feb 1, 2024 |
REFLEX is one of my favorite books by Dick Francis. I love his heroes who are ordinary men dropped into extraordinary situations and who manage to triumph in part because of their strong moral characters.

Philip Nore is the hero of this story. He's an aging jockey and amateur photographer. He is coming to the end of his racing career which he fell into as a teen. Born to a drug-addicted seventeen-year-old mother who was thrown out of her home, Philip was raised by a succession of her friends making him helpful and resourceful and unable to form deep relationships.

Philip has two main problems in this story. First of all, he is given a set of photographic puzzles when a successful race photographer whose work Philip admired but whom he personally disliked died in a car accident. Philip rode with the man's son and got involved when that man's parents' house was burgled during the funeral anad again later when the photographer's wife is beaten in a home invasion and when her house is burned down.

Philip's curiosity is what starts his involvement. When he manages to solve some of the photgraphic puzzles, he learns that the photographer was blackmailing members of the racing world into good behavior. Philip is also attacked and badly beaten once it is learned that he has the photos.

Philip's second problem begins when a lawyer comes to see him to ask him to visit the grandmother who through his mother out because she is dying and wants his help. He is surprised to learn that his mother had another child, and that the grandmother wishes to leave her whole estate to the girl if he can manage to find her. Philip feels no obligation to help the hateful dying woman but he is curious to find the sister he never knew he had.

All in all, I really enjoyed this story. I liked watching Philip go from a drifting unconnected man to one who has plans for his future after racing and a woman who loves and understands him. I liked Francis's spare prose and appreciate Simon Prebble's deft narration of the story.
… (mais)
kmartin802 | outras 34 resenhas | Jan 20, 2024 |



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