Banker

Banker

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by Dick Francis
     
 

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When young investment banker Tim Ekaterin becomes involved in the cutthroat world of thoroughbred racing, he finds his life in business blown to smithereens. For suddenly the multimillion dollar loan he arranges to finance the purchase of a champion racehorse is threatened by an apparent defect in the animal. Then, as Tim desperately searches for answers, he falls

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When young investment banker Tim Ekaterin becomes involved in the cutthroat world of thoroughbred racing, he finds his life in business blown to smithereens. For suddenly the multimillion dollar loan he arranges to finance the purchase of a champion racehorse is threatened by an apparent defect in the animal. Then, as Tim desperately searches for answers, he falls headlong into a deadly deal of violence and murder. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449211991
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/12/1986
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.29(w) x 6.93(h) x 0.99(d)
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies
Date of Birth:
October 31, 1920
Date of Death:
February 14, 2010
Place of Birth:
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales
Place of Death:
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies
Education:
Dropped out of Maidenhead County School at age 15.

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Banker 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
angusCW More than 1 year ago
Delicious, with prose and humor that reminds me of P.G. Wodehouse!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
l never thought a book even remotely concerned with investment banking could hold my attention so completely but Mr Francis has done it! A great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having spent a career in banking, I am impressed with Francis' ability to integrate realistic (and all too familiar) scenes from it (this well before the crisis put bankers and banking in the spotlight) into a narrative that simultaneously pulls us deeply into the arcana of the horse world. Well paced, good character development, love interest, excitement and tears. A good job. Readers should note that a lengthy plot summary in the extant review commits gross factual error: Tim never owns a horse, or wants to, just for starters. But don't let that deter you. Fun.
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'Banker' is based on a three-year period in Tim Ekaterin's life. In the beginning, Ekaterin's life is rather luxurious, but than it starts to crumble. Tim is a fairly wealthy investment banker who is drawn into the million-dollar sport of thoroughbred horse racing. In his quest to own a champion racehorse, he takes out a multimillion-dollar loan in order to purchase Sandcastle. But when a defect in the horse is detected, Tim is forced to look for answers to questions involving the horse, violence, money and murder of his friend. He has to find the answers to regain what he wants.

Dick Francis writes a non-stop action thriller that moves very swiftly for a three hundred plus page book. Francis does well in keeping the reader interested in the story for the whole book with content such as action, suspense, and mystery. The action is created when Tim has all kinds of problems with the horse. Suspense arises when his friends are murdered and he has to worry about his own life. Mystery has a big part in the book because you don't know how is out to get Tim and whether or not he will make it out alive. The ending is definitely worth the wait.