For Kicks

For Kicks by Dick Francis

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Proprietor of a stud farm in Australia `s Snowy Mountains or muck-raking stable boy in Yorkshire? Danny Roke decides on the latter. It is the change of scene and the challenge that pushes Danny undercover, on the scent of a suspected racehorse dope scandal.

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Dick Francis

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Dick Francis ( Dick Francis , real name - Richard Stanley Francis, Richard Stanley Francis ) British writer, jockey, journalist. Born October 31, 1920 in Wells, died February 14, 2010. Her Royal Majesty`s jockey, Dick Francis, had no intention of being a writer. Starting from the age of five, he could not imagine himself as anyone other than a rider (jockey is the Francis family`s profession.

They were both the father and the grandfather of the writer). The war forced him to part with what he loved, Francis became a military pilot. After the war, returning to horses, the future writer won a number of victories in leading competitions, in total he participated in more than 350 races, becoming one of the most successful post-war jockeys. In March 1953, the royal trainer Peter Kazalet invited Dick to participate in the races and introduced him to the Queen. The performances on royal horses brought Francis international fame. On March 4, 1956, at the Grand National Steeplechase ...

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Dick Francis ( Dick Francis , real name - Richard Stanley Francis, Richard Stanley Francis ) British writer, jockey, journalist. Born October 31, 1920 in Wells, died February 14, 2010. Her Royal Majesty`s jockey, Dick Francis, had no intention of being a writer. Starting from the age of five, he could not imagine himself as anyone other than a rider (jockey is the Francis family`s profession. They were both the father and the grandfather of the writer). The war forced him to part with what he loved, Francis became a military pilot. After the war, returning to horses, the future writer won a number of victories in leading competitions, in total he participated in more than 350 races, becoming one of the most successful post-war jockeys. In March 1953, the royal trainer Peter Kazalet invited Dick to participate in the races and introduced him to the Queen. The performances on royal horses brought Francis international fame. On March 4, 1956, at the Grand National Steeplechase races, the famous fall of the Devon Loch horse, on which Dick raced, occurred. The reasons for the fall (convulsion, fright, microinfarction, etc.) are still being analyzed, and after the fall, Francis himself became better known than many of the winners of these competitions. Interested in this story, literary agent John Johnson made Dick a tempting offer. He found a writer ready to handle the plot, and Francis had to put his name on the cover. The Francis couple agreed with the proposal to create the book, but Mary Francis insisted that they write it themselves. Dick had to remember all the interesting facts, and Mary, who had experience in writing stories and essays, processed the text. In 1956, Francis became a sports columnist for the Sunday Express, and in 1957 his first book was published, The Sport of Queens. There was not enough money from journalistic work, and in 1960 Dick and Mary decided to try their luck in a new genre - detective. The impetus for its writing was the incident with the intruders during one of the equestrian competitions that took place in reality. The couple worked together, wrote the plot together, then Dick wrote, and Mary rules. Dick did not hide Mary`s involvement, and her fellow writers knew about her great role in the creation of the works, but Mary did not allow her name to be put on the cover. This is how the 1962 novel Dead Cert was created and all 40 novels were written in the same way. His way of working was rather unusual: he created a "draft" version of the text and read it on a tape recorder, simplifying grammatical structures and vocabulary in order to achieve the effect of colloquial speech. Francis proved to be an excellent storyteller and psychologist. It is characterized by carefully written scenes of violence and cruelty, obligatory melodrama, and the presence of a moralizing resume. Most of the writer`s works are devoted to horse racing, or rather their shadow side. The writer`s heroes (jockeys or former jockeys, like the writer himself, horse owners, or people who are simply in love with this sport) do everything possible to make horse racing a beautiful and fair sport, but not a profit for sportsmen who are ready for the most cruel crimes. The arrangement of criminal actions is detailed and very reliable information about various professional spheres ("Favorite" - horse races, "For Kicks" - horse breeding, "Slay Ride" - geological exploration, "Reflex" - photography, Slay Ride - radio, Nerve - psychiatry). The main character of Francis is almost always not a professional of a very unheroic appearance, which necessarily suffers as a result of a detailed massacre. As compensation, the author endows his characters with a heightened sense of justice, courage, intelligence and ... vitality. A peculiar combination of a tough detective story with a melodrama is very cautiously perceived by critics and - provides Dick Francis with wide readership. Francis`s works have won three Edgar Poe and Golden Dagger awards. He received the Cartier Diamond Dagger, a whole collection of premium daggers - Silver, Gold and Diamond. In 1996 he was awarded the highest title among American detective writers - Grand Master (Grand Master). Elected Chairman of the UK Detective Writers Association. In 2000, he received CBE (Excellent Order of the British Empire and the rank of Commander) for his services. After Mary`s death in September 2000, Dick said that Mary "was more than my right hand, in fact, she was both hands." He made a statement that he would not write any more works. But his new book, Dead Heat (2007), comes out, with the help of his youngest son Felix. In total, in collaboration with his son, Dick wrote 4 novels. In the book "Gamble" (Gamble, 2012), Dick Francis himself did not take part, it was written only by his son Felix. Dick`s name on the book is a dirty trick from the publishers. Dick Francis passed away on February 14, 2010 in the Cayman Islands, where he lived in recent years. The death of the writer was reported by BBC News . He left two sons, 5 grandchildren and one great-grandson. 41 detective novels have been published, translated into over 20 languages ​​and sold with a total circulation of over 60 million. Three monographs have been written about him. Based on materials from the site - Detective. Declaration of love , en.wikipedia , the official site of the writer .  Bibliography Series Sid Halley - Sid Holly 1965 - 1. Odds Against - A game without trump cards; No chance; No chance of luck 1979 - 2. Whip Hand - Steady hand; A behind-the-scenes game 1995 - 3. Come to Grief - The road of sorrow 2006 - 4. Under Orders - By request; Alien Orders 2002 - The Sid Halley Omnibus: Odds Against, Whip Hand, Come to Grief (omnibus) Kit Fielding - Keith Fielding 1985 - Break In - Go ahead 1986 - Bolt - Carnage 2003 - The Kit Fielding Omnibus : Break In, Bolt (omnibus) Novels - Novels 1962 - Dead Cert - Favorite; Smoke screen 1964 - Nerve - Nerve; Courage; Death at the racetrack; Meanness 1965 - For Kicks - For the thrill; The Last Hurdle 1966 - Flying Finish - Stormy Finish; Flight to the finish line; Final flight; Deadly Transportation 1967 - Blood Sport - Bloodsport; Horse hunting; Playing with death; Stolen Blood 1968 - Forfeit - Bet on loss; Payback 1969 - Inquiry - Investigation 1970 - Slay Ride - Fatal Leap; Death Race 1970 - Rat Race - Rat Race; Chase; Rat Race 1971 - Bonecrack - Turning Point 1972 - Smokescreen - Devil`s Cocktail; Bound in the Wilderness 1974 - Knockdown - Crushing Blow; Knockdown 1975 - High Stakes - High Stakes 1976 - In the Frame - Risk Trail; In a mousetrap; Framed 1977 - Risk - Risk 1978 - Trial Run - Preliminary Run 1980 - Reflex - Reflection; Snake reflex; Blackmail 1981 - Twice Shy - Double Caution 1982 - Banker - Banker 1983 - The Danger - Predator`s Trail; Danger 1984 - Proof - Oblivion Merchant 1987 - Hot Money - Hot Money 1988 - The Edge - Half a Head Ahead 1989 - Straight - Playing by the Rules 1990 - Longshot - Challenge Yourself 1991 - Comeback - Better Not Go Back 1992 - Driving Force - Driving Force 1993 - Decider - Millions of Stratton Park 1994 - Wild Horses - Wild Horses 1996 - To the Hilt - In Danger 1997 - 10 lb Penalty - Gray Cardinal 1999 - Second Wind - Second Wind; Game for sure 2000 - Shattered - Shards 2007 - Dead Heat (with Felix Francis) - Head and neck; Deadly Hunt 2008 - Silks (with Felix Francis) - Survival Race; Lawyer`s Robe 2009 - Even Money (with Felix Francis) - Fifty Fifty 2010 - Crossfire (with Felix Francis) - Cross Gallop Omnibus 1992 - Dick Francis Collection: Odds Against / Knock Down / Comeback 1994 - Three Favorites: Odds AgainsT, Flying Finish, Blood Sport 1994 - Risk / Inquiry / Danger 1995 - Dick Francis Double: Reflex, Comeback 1996 - Dead Cert, Nerve, for Kicks: The First Three Francis Novels 1997 - Dick Francis: Three Complete Novels: Decider, Wild Horses, Come to Grief 1999 - Dick Francis Omnibus: Inquiry, Rat Race, Smokescreen 1999 - Dick Francis Omnibus: Forfeit, Risk, Reflex 1999 - Longshot / Straight / High Stakes 2000 - Dick Francis Omnibus: Slay-ride, Banker , Proof 2001 - Dick Francis Giftset: Shattered, Second Wind, 10lb Penalty 2003 - Twice Shy / the Danger 2004 - Win, Place, and Show 2004 - Dick Francis Omnibus: Blood Sport, Nerve, In the Frame Collections 1998 - Field of 13 - Leap of thirteen Anthologies edited 1969 - Be st Racing and Chasing Stories (with John Welcome) 1989 - Great Racing Stories (with John Welcome) 1990 - Dick Francis Treasury of Great Racing Stories (with John Welcome) 1992 - More Great Racing Stories (with John Welcome) 1992 - The New Treasury of Great Racing Stories (with John Welcome) 2003 - The Dick Francis Complete Treasury of Great Racing Stories (with John Welcome) Non fiction 1957 - The Sport of Queens: The Autobiography of Dick Francis - Sport of Queens: Autobiography of Dick Francis 1969 - Racing Man`s Bedside Book (with John Welcome) 1986 - Lester 1986 - Jockey`s Life: The Biography of Lester Piggott Books about Dick Francis - Books about Dick Francis 1989 - Dick Francis by J. Madison Davis 1999 - Dick Francis: A Racing Life by Graham Lord 2003 - The Dick Francis Companion by Dean James and Jean Swanson