Rob Finn was a bit of a misfit: a struggling young jockey in a family of accomplished musicians, a man in love with a beautiful woman who wouldn't have him -- he suddenly looked like a rider who had lost his nerve. Could it be, though, that the horses were unusually sluggish, and that there was something more sinister attempting to sabotage him. . . ' "The best thriller writer going. " ATLANTIC MONTHLY
After a fall from a racehorse that permanently crippled his hand, Sid Halley joined a detective agency. But it wasn't until some two-bit hoodlum drilled a slug into his side that he was sent out on a case of his own. That was where he met Zanna Martin, a woman who just might make life worth living again. But it was even-money that he'd be killed before she had the chance....
When a typically perfect party at wine merchant Tony Beach's is brutally crashed, he finds himself caught in the terrifying midst of a mystery that begins with sham scotch and counterfeit claret and escalates to hijacking and murder. . . .
Assigned to fly four racing buffs to the track, pilot Matt Shore is forced to make an emergency landing, and he soon finds out that the mob has been tampering with the horseracing industry.
Dick Francis is no ordinary mystery writer, and jockey Philip Nore is no ordinary hero. When Nore begins to suspect that a track photographer's fatal accident was really murder, he sets out to discover the truth and to trap the killer. Slowly, he unravels some nasty secrets of corruption, blackmail and murder--and unwittingly sets himself up as the killer's next target.
Dick Francis takes us on his most electrifying, death-defying ride yet in Second Wind. The catastrophic power of a giant hurricane can raise coastal waves thirty feet high and blow through houses at devastating speeds. For TV meteorologist Perry Stuart, however, such predictions are generally hypothetical, as he chiefly predicts periods of English drizzle, with bursts of heavier rain and sunshine to follow. Stuart's profound weather knowledge and accuracy have given him high status among forecasters, but no physical baptism by storm. Not, that is, until a fellow forecaster offers him a Caribbean hurricane-chasing ride in a small airplane as a holiday diversion. But a frightening accident teaches Stuart more secrets than wind speeds . . . and back home in England he faces threats and danger as deadly as anything nature can evolve. Dick Francis "has simply never failed. Every one of his opening sentences pulls the reader in, and doesn't let go until the last, perfect word," according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Second Wind may be his greatest triumph yet.
When defense lawyer Geoffrey Mason hears Julian Trent being convicted of murder, he assumes that Trent will be behind bars for a long time. Little does he realize he'll be looking at Trent very soon.
[from the back cover:]British investigator David Cleveland hadn't come to Oslo dressed for the Norwegian weather. But he didn't know what cold really was until someone tried to drown him in a fjord. It could have been an accident that the speedboat cut David's dinghy into ribbons. Just as it could have been a coincidence that champion jockey Robert Sherman had disappeared from Norway right before the National, a race he was certain to win." Hired by the Norwegian Racing Association and out of compassion for Sherman's grieving, pregnant wife, David hires a good-natured, rubber-burning driver with a laid back giant of a dog and counts on help from his friend, Erne, a local race track security officer for help. Still investigating in a foreign country isn't easy, especially when at every turn David is at the wrong end of knives, and guns, and is even the target of a bomb.
Dick Francis is one of the best horsemen in England. He is also a suspense novelist. "A fine mystery writer-perhaps one of the best in the English language," says a reviewer in the Thoroughbred Record. "Dick Francis turns out to be a writer of champion class," says the London Times. "Mr. Francis is not only a very fine writer, but he is an authority on aspects of the thoroughbred scene," says Bing Crosby. Dick Francis (Welshman, ex-jockey, now Racing Editor of London's Sunday Express), author of such popular novels as Blood Sport and Flying Finish, talks about his early life in this informative, beguiling book which will fascinate racing fans and horse lovers and will be of great interest to the readers of his fiction. "I learned to ride, when I was five, on a donkey," says Dick Francis. He learned on his grandfather's farm in Pembrokeshire. His grandfather, Willie Thomas, "was a great man in the Victorian tradition. I remember him as a tall man and certainly he was a popular man. Nearly all our food came from the farm itself. Butter and cheese were made in the dairy and twice a week the great kitchen would be filled with the unique warm-winey smell of bread baking Although the smells and warmth of the kitchen were enticing, the stables drew me most. My grandfather rode to hounds regularly two or three days a week, and he was justly proud of his hunters which he used to breed with great care and success." During most of Dick Francis' childhood his father was the manager of W J. Smith's Hunting Stables and many of the Royal Family were among his father's pupils and patrons. Young Dick Francis had the opportunity to ride every sort of pony. Soon his father was asking his advice about horses and Dick was winning prizes as the "Best Boy Rider." He tells how he worked toward becoming a jockey, and describes vividly the day- to-day perils and pleasures of life as a steeplechase jockey. He talks about his war years with the R.A.F., compares American and English racing and gives firsthand information about many of the world's most famous tracks and famous horse owners. It all added up to an exciting life, and he shares it with his readers-up to the fatal moment when, leading the field in the 1956 Grand National, his horse, the Queen Mother's Devon Loch, fell mysteriously a breath away from the winning post.
As Derek Franklin, an inhured steeplechase jockey, nears the end of his career, he is thrust into trouble and mayhem by the accidental death of his older brother Greville.
Twenty-nine year old Alexander Kinloch is an unusual chap. With a fervor for the bagpipes and a talent for painting "the passions of golf ... the conflict within the self," he's not what you'd expect as the fourth son of a Scottish earl. When his ailing stepfather seeks Alexander's help in reviving his bankrupt brewery, Alexander begrudgingly leaves his secluded highland cabin and enters a "race" to save his family's honor. The King Alfred Gold Cup, a two mile steeplechase that exemplifies the pride of the brewery, is his challenge, and his assignment is to secure the cup trophy, a valuable medieval chalice. As he emerges from his life as a near recluse, Alexander begins to understand the benefits and the costs of becoming a hero.
Randall Draw couldn't say no to a Prince, could he? So he was headed to Russia -- the Prince's brother-in-law had his heart set on riding in the Olympics, and it seemed a jealous Russian woman had her heart set on killing him if he did. Leaving behind his well-bred horses and high-born girlfriend, Randall went to Moscow, little expecting that the sabotage and murder he'd find would pale in comparison to the unspeakable terror that followed....
Like most waking nightmares, it begins innocently enough, when a young physicist is handed a musical cassette by a friend who soon dies violently...
It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup day that really troubles supersleuth Sid Halley.
Ex-jockey and private investigator Sid Halley is approached by the wife of an elite racehorse trainer, who begs his help in figuring out why her husband's most promising horses have been performing so poorly. At first Halley thinks she's overreacting and the losing streak is just dumb luck. But now he's beginning to think it's something far more dangerous.
Valentine, a blind, confused and dying old man, seeking his peace with God, makes his last confession to a visiting friend, Thomas Lyon, mistaking him for a priest. This puts Thomas in a moral dilemma. Wild horses wouldn't drag from a priest the secrets of the confessional but then Thomas is not a priest.
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