Wild Horses by Dick Francis

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From the acclaimed master of mystery and suspense comes a thrilling novel about the illusion of film--and the reality of murder.


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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 May 6, 2008 by Berkley. 388 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Crime. Fiction

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Stealing a few hours from Unstable Times, the horsey film he's directing in Newmarket, Thomas Lyon goes to visit his friend Valentine Clark, a blacksmith/columnist dying of cancer, and becomes the reluctant repository of Valentine's confession that he killed that Cornish boy and left the knife wi...

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For his 33rd-and quite splendid-novel, Francis (Decider) adds to his usual horse-racing setting a backdrop involving feature filmmaking. As usual, though, it's murder most foul and mayhem most brillia

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Francis puts his novel together in the same way a movie is constructed, with out-of-sequence scenes, dissolves and brilliant images.

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Set in the English racing town of Newmarket, his 33rd book, Wild Horses, bursts out of the gate with 30-year-old filmmaker Thomas Lyon visiting a dying friend, a blacksmith, who makes a startling deathbed confession, Lyon happens to be in Newmarket directing a movie about the puzzling real-life h...

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