Crossfire by Dick Francis

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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.

About Dick Francis

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Dick Francis (pictured with his son Felix Francis) was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster. He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957, he published an autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks. A three-time Edgar Award winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger, was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2000. He died in February 2010, at age eighty-nine, and remains among the greatest thriller writers of all time.
Published August 17, 2010 by Berkley. 448 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War, Sports & Outdoors, Horror. Fiction

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Tom’s rocky reunion with Josephine (née Jane) Kauri is rendered even more difficult by his suspicion that her charges’ recent string of high-profile losses is more than bad luck, and his discovery that she’s being blackmailed by someone who’s bleeding her white even as he’s forcing her to sabotag...

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The good news is that Felix Francis, Dick Francis’ youngest son and co-author on the last four Francis novels, will attempt to continue the franchise.

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The Washington Post

It seemed that, no matter what, I would learn something about the world of horse racing in England (because there was that familiar logo, so incredibly cool, of a slick racing horse and a tiny, elegant jockey riding it across the cover).

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He returns to his childhood home in Lambourne, and his cold and distant racehorse trainer mother, the 'First Lady' of National Hunt racing.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press.

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Spinetingler Magazine

This is the fourth work completed by Dick Francis and his son, and it certainly lives up the standards the late author set in a long and distinguished career until his death last February.

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When Dick Francis, the grand old man of thriller writing, died earlier this year, it left many of us wondering whether there might be more books stashed away – and whether son Felix will carry on the family franchise.

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