Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Author of the Day: Dick Francis


Dick Francis was a prolific author who passed away in February 2010, at age 90. He published 47 books, most of them mysteries, the last four written with his son Felix.

Francis's mystery novels are well known for their horse racing themes, a subject he came to naturally after his own career as a prize-winning jockey. He is the only author to win the Edgar Award three times.

I enjoy Francis's novels when I am in the mood for something very British. Those I have read are in red. Those currently on my TBR shelf are in blue.

The Sport of Queens: The Autobiography of Dick Francis (1957) (non-fiction)

Dead Cert (1962)

Nerve (1964)

For Kicks (1965)

Odds Against (1965) (featuring Sid Halley)

Flying Finish (1966)

Blood Sport (1967) (reviewed here)

Forfeit (1968) (Edgar winner)

Enquiry (1969)

Racing Man's Bedside Book (1969) (with John Welcome) (non-fiction)

Slay Ride (1970)

Rat Race (1970)

Bonecrack (1971)

Smokescreen (1972)

Knockdown (1974)

High Stakes (1975) (reviewed here)

In the Frame (1976)

Risk (1977)

Trial Run (1978)

Whip Hand (1979) (Edgar winner featuring Sid Halley)

Reflex (1980)

Twice Shy (1981)

Banker (1982)

The Danger (1983)

Proof (1984)

Break In (1985) (featuring Kit Fielding)

Bolt (1986) (featuring Kit Fielding)

Jockey's Life: The Biography of Lester Piggott (1986) (non-fiction)

Hot Money (1987)

The Edge (1988)

Straight (1989)

Longshot (1990)

Comeback (1991)


Decider (1993)

Wild Horses (1994)

Come to Grief (1995) (Edgar winner featuring Sid Halley)

To the Hilt (1996)

10 lb Penalty (1997)

Field of 13 (1998) (short stories)

Second Wind (1999) (reviewed here)

Shattered (2000)

Under Orders (2006) (featuring Sid Halley)

Dead Heat (2007) (with Felix Francis)

Silks (2008) (with Felix Francis)

Even Money (2009) (with Felix Francis)

Crossfire (2010) (with Felix Francis)

NOTE
Last updated on April 19, 2012.

OTHER DICK FRANCIS READERS

(If you keeps track of the Dick Francis novels you read, please leave a comment with links to relevant posts and I will list them here.)


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