Set in the cut-throat world of horse racing, Gamble is a heart-pounding thriller packed full of suspense, mystery and intrigue. Nick Foxton once won the Grand National, but then a terrible accident cut his racing career short. Years later, he returns to Aintree as a spectator, but once more finds himself the centre of attention.
After wartime service in the RAF, Francis became a full-time jump-jockey, winning over races and becoming champion jockey of the British National Hunt. Francis retired from the turf and became a journalist and novelist. All his novels deal with crime in the horse-racing world, with some of the criminals being outwardly respectable figures.
Felix Francis has now published 13 books under the Dick Francis brand. Keeping the family legacy alive was always going to be a daunting task for Felix Francis, the son of legendary writer Dick Francis. Dick, who wrote more than 40 novels, was acclaimed as one of the greatest thriller writers in the world.
Seventeen-year-old Benedict Juliard's ambitions of becoming a steeplechase jockey are dashed when he's falsely accused of taking drugs. For his estranged father, however, this is an opportunity. A wealthy businessman running for a parliamentary by-election in Dorset, Juliard Senior needs all the help he can get - especially when the campaign moves from mudslinging to something more deadly.
Dick Francis was a master of the first line, the first paragraph, the first page. Once read, they hooked you immediately. Nothing would keep you from wanting to find out what happened next.
Right from the start, with Dead Cert inthe Dick Francis thriller showed a mastery of lean, witty genre prose reminiscent — sometimes to the point of parody — of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. It was an American style that many clever people in England had attempted to reproduce without much success, and it was a wonder how a barely educated jockey was able to do the trick with such effortless ease. People said his highly educated wife wrote the books for him.
My father was often asked which of his books was his favourite. He used to say that was like someone asking him which was his favourite child. Even if he secretly had one, it was not to be admitted to.
Felix Francis is demonstrating what must surely be a unique talent. So far, I have failed miserably to catch him out. He has, of course, a natural advantage.
Try to Download directly 1. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. As well as writing more than 42 bestsellers, Dick Francis had also been a champion jockey who feared he would be best remembered for a bizarre incident involving a horse belonging to the Queen Mother.