A wanna-be jockey accepts a job in his father's campaign for Parliament--and realizes that politics can be the most perilous horse race of all.
Investment banker Tim Ekaterin thought arranging the purchase of a champion racehorse was a sure thing-but he never gambled on getting caught up in murder.
When English agent Gene Hawkins told his boss he'd forgo his vacation to search for millionaire Dave Teller's prized missing stallion, he didn't know his retainer would include the attentions of his boss's beautiful daughter--or Teller's seldom sober wife. Nor did he know that a trail from London to New York to Las Vegas to California would eventually lead to murder...
Kit Fielding will do whatever it takes to stop the killing of racehorses. Not an easy task considering that the woman he adores is leaving him, an international arms dealer is threatening him, and Kit's nemesis has plans to knock him off the track--and plant him under it.
A grisly accident has left Neil Griffon in charge of his father's stables. A grisly assault and abduction have left him at the mercy of masked thugs. And a grisly crime czar wants one of his horses. Any horse at all. As long as it's Archangel. As long as his son can ride in the Derby and win. Or else.
Steeplechase jockey Christmas "Kit" Fielding has had more than his share of close calls both on and off the course. But trouble hits close to home when a grudge between his family and his sister's in-laws turns into a blood feud.
When ex-jockey Sid Halley becomes convinced that one of his closest friends--and one of the racing world's most beloved figures--is behind a series of shockingly violent acts, he faces the most troubling case of his career.
New York Times bestselling Grand Master of Crime Fiction <P> Foreign Office diplomat Peter Darwin uncovers a peculiar operation involving a veterinary surgeon and the unexplained deaths of several valuable racehorses.
Shell-shocked after losing a foot during his tour in Afghanistan, Captain Tom Forsyth returns to his estranged mother's house. His mother has always put horses first and family last. But now she's being blackmailed for a hefty sum every week and being forced to make her horses lose. Using the skills he honed in the military, Tom sets out to find and defeat a hidden enemy before his mother's reputation is ruined, and he ends up back in the crossfire.
When a string of kidnappings rocks the horse racing world, Andrew Douglas is brought in to recover the missing-without becoming the next victim.
As jockey Alan York looked at the back of Bill Davidson astride the great horse Admiral, one thing was different. Before his rival reached the last hurdle, he was dead. Alan knew racing was dangerous; he also knew Bills death was no accident. It was the kind of knowledge that could get a man killed...
Max Moreton is a rising culinary star, but when almost all of the guests at a catered affair get severe food poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his reputation takes a huge hit. Scrambling to meet to his next obligation, an exclusive luncheon for 40 in the glass-fronted private boxes at the 2000 Guineas race, Max must overcome the previous evening's disaster and provide the new American sponsors of the year's first Classic race with a day to remember. Then a bomb rips through the private boxes, killing several of his staff and many guests. As survivors are rushed to the hospital, he surveys the ruins of the grandstand and of his career.
New York Times bestselling author Dick Francis presents his thrilling new novel: the story of architect Lee Morris who inherits a partial ownership in the Stratton Park racecourse--and with it, a dangerous position among the warring upper-class family trying to settle its fate. Morris would like to see the course restored to its former grandeur, but the various Stratton heirs have plans of their own. When an explosion rocks the grandstands, the disagreement turns violent--and Morris finds himself in a race to save himself and his family from an unknown culprit.
Jockey Freddie Croft thought he'd left the perils behind him when he retired from the jump game. These days he was happy to transport horses from their stables to the races. Until one of his drivers picked up an unlicensed passenger. And brought him back dead. The corpse on the doorstep was Freddie's unwelcome introduction to the shadowy, big-money conspiracy which muscled into his business and started to threaten his life. But Freddie was a fighter, and winning was in his blood ...First identify the dangers. Then beat them out of sight ...
The Great Transcontinental Mystery Race is not only a glittering rail junket that promises the opportunity to race a thoroughbred on some of the world's great courses, but is something more: an intriguing mystery will be enacted on board, which passengers will be invited to solve. But included on the guest list is one Julius Apollo Filmer, justifiably reputed to be the most ruthless operator lurking in the racing underworld, and he's planning a strange plot of his own. For Tor Kelsey, undercover security agent for the British Jockey Club, a scenario of imaginary mayhem is about to explode into a nightmare of real and bloody murder.
A closed-door enquiry has found a jockey guilty of the lowest possible crime--throwing a race for money. His reputation scarred, he's begun his own investigation--but asking the wrong questions just might get him killed.
On the first day of Royal Ascot, the world's most famous horse race, the crowd rejoices in a string of winning favorites. Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker-- taking over the family business from his grandfather-- so he knows not to expect any sympathy from the punters as they count their winnings, and he his losses. He's seen the ups and downs before-- but, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if it's worth it any more. When a gray-haired man steps forward from the crowd claiming to be his father, Ned's life is thrown into far deeper turmoil. He'd been told since he was a baby that his parents had died in a car crash. Barely an hour later, his newly found father is stabbed by an unknown assailant in the Ascot parking lot. Blood oozing from his abdomen, his father warns Ned to "be very careful." But of whom? Of what? Ned finds himself in a race to solve his father's riddle-- a race where coming in second could cost him more than even money-- it could cost him his life...
With their remarkable blend of unrelenting suspense, finely tuned narrative and lean, stylish prose, Dick Francis' thrillers repeatedly lead readers to the winner's circle. In this superbly crafted collection of 13 short stories, the settings range from a spring race in Cheltenham, England, where a middle-aged owner falls hopelessly in love with her jockey, to the Kentucky Derby, where demon drink and wilting willpower take their toll. Get set for a treat. These marvelous, tightly knotted plots expose classic characters in a world of equine thrills and human frailty. It's a brilliant collection of suspenseful racing stories from the Grand Master
A British jockey flies a dangerous cargo to Italy and finds himself in a race against death.
Doping horses and fixing races in Australia is the centerpiece of this one by Dick Francis.
Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Prize for best crime story of 1969, this is another classic Dick Francis mystery set at the racetrack.
High Stakes was the fourteenth of Dick Francis's best selling thrillers and was first published in 1975. Fast-moving and exciting, it is an enthralling tale of unscrupulous goings-on in the racing world.
Malcolm Pembroke never expected to make a million pounds without making enemies. Nor did he expect his latest wife to be brutally murdered. All the clues suggest the killer comes from close to home - but after five marriages and nine children, that still leaves the field wide open. When he finds his own life in danger, Pembroke entrusts his safety to his estranged son, Ian, an amateur jockey; and through him discovers a compulsive new outlet for his financial expertise. Soon he's playing the international bloodstock market for incredible stakes. Not the safest bet for a man on the run from avaricious relatives. Particularly when one of them's got a bomb...
When his cousin's home is burglarized and his cousin's wife is murdered, he wants only to help the shatter husband survive and throw off police suspicion.
From the book cover: Mrs. Kerry Sanders, a rich American lady whose voice had overtones of silk hats, champagne, and Royal Lawns, and whose fingers were encrusted with diamonds, didn't think much of the weather, which was very wet. She sounded generally cranky. "This," she said in disbelief, "is Ascot goddam Sales?" It was. The wind was whistling through the ring's wooden O, and to one side of it, in the magnificent turn-of-the-century stable-yard's boxes, were the horses who would be offered for sale last in the program. Mrs. Sanders had asked Jonah Dereham, ex-prize-winning jockey, and now a horse buyer, to advise her-she wanted to buy a steeplechaser for a young man, who was the son of her special friend. They bought the horse Jonah decided on at the auction, for seven thousand five hundred dollars. "More than I authorized you to spend," the lady said. "And your commission on top, I guess, as well." She added, "In the States you couldn't buy a three-legged polo pony for that money." The young man for whom the horse was destined was Nicol Brevett-a hard, forceful young man, with a temper like a flamethrower. His father was Constantine Brevett, and Jonah feit that any woman who could interest Constantine Brevett had to be of a sophistication that would put Faberge eggs to shame. And-well, there was something more than wealth and sophistication involved in this horse trade. For as Jonah started to leave the sales, he was hit a crushing blow on the head, and a voice said to him, "We don't want your money. We want your horse." Jonah had suddenly become more entangled than was healthy in the corrupt and dangerous business the world of the horse buyer enfolds. This is a very exciting Dick Francis novel-and the reader will become more and more nervous as he follows the fast and chilling plot. "The announcement of a new Dick Francis is as promising of excitement as the bugle call to the post. Knockdown is one of his best, and his best is very good indeed," says Heywood Hale Broun. And the London Sunday Times says, "The superlatives for Mr. Francis' books are pretty nearly exhausted by now; so one can only say that this is another wonderfully effective horsey thriller, to do with bloodstock agents-sound stuff, Mr. Francis."
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