Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. He spends a lot of the book trying to convince himself not to commit suicide. He drew from this career resulting in broken bones and damaged organs for his novels, in which many narrators suffer a variety of damaged bodies. Horse racing and horses in general do not hold any fascination to me and thus the background of this book was not that interesting. Their families were not entirely happy with their engagement, but Dick and Mary were married in June 1947 in London. Binding: HardcoverCondition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket hint of spine slant, light creasing to top edge of dj Description: London: , 1967.
The author, no stranger to the world of thoroughbred racing, has a knack for rapidly drawing the reader into the story. I've now read this book three times, the last time was ten years ago and what an interesting thing a mind is - I had very little recollection of the story. Not all Francis fans will like this book-as the previous reviews will attest. Looks like that Lugar will see some use. A really solid thriller from the 60s against a horsey background, Francis' usual territory, which also tackles a couple of social issues as relevant now as 50 years ago and foreign travel, which is not the novelty it would have been then. The owner lost another horse in similar circumstances five years ago, and this time he wants a no-holds-barred search.
This person is always facing great obstacles, often including physical injury, from which he must fight back with determination. The actual plot isn't really the appeal of this book for me, it's the character of the hero in and of itself. And Dick Francis proved it can be done - a great thriller and an interesting protagonist who thinks longingly of death. Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights, The Aficionado's Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction, pp. This book has an interesting and well-crafted plot, and our main character comes up a couple of clever tricks to first solve the riddle of disappearing horses If you have never read Dick Francis, you really should. The dialogue is clear and touched with humor no matter the intensity of evil that the hero faces. But more tha What is there to say about Dick Francis? You just can't go wrong with Dick Francis.
In most interviews, they commented that it was love at first sight. The older son, Merrick, was a racehorse trainer and later ran his own horse transport business, which inspired the novel Driving Force. It was our mother's home, and I was born there. Once the manuscript is out of his hands, he takes the summer off, while percolating the plot of his next book. Gene Hawkins, the main character, is battling sustained depression. I also found it to be more of a true suspense novel than is usually the case with Francis.
Striking wraparound dust jacket art by Broom Lynne. Some of it staggering and often delivered by what we would think of normal persons living in British society. This is not a complaint, just an observation: my feeling is that as he got better, he pared the books down to their essence, making them tour de forces in a way this one wasn't. I am Richard, Mary was Mary, and Dick Francis was the two of us together. In 2000, he was granted the.
The spine is faded and creased. In the 1980s, Francis and his wife moved to in the United States. But that was not the main failing of this book. But more than that, Francis's heroes are rational human beings. There is some beginning bumping to the spine ends and corners of the book covers, along with a slight slant to the spine of the book.
I read his books with a fierce hunger that remains insatiable and I mourn his death. Archived from on 5 March 2010. Gene is also a rather unconventional leading man — mysterious you never quite find out what it is he actually does for work Since this book was originally published in 1967, in many ways it seemed like a step back to a simpler time for me. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Before long he's on his way to the U.
All of the real action is crammed into the last couple of chapters. Volk and Iiams, Booksellers or vibooks , has been selling books by mail order and on the internet since 1993. He was the son of a and stable manager and his wife. Gene Hawkins sleeps with a Luger under his pillow and lives four flights up so people will be short of breath when they get to him. The reasons for that are never quite explained. Very good, in a near fine unclipped jacket. American publication in past years has been in February, although his next book, Straight, is set to be published in November.