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Investment banker Tim Ekaterin thought arranging the purchase of a champion racehorse was a sure thing-but he never gambled on getting caught up in murder.

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Overview

Investment banker Tim Ekaterin thought arranging the purchase of a champion racehorse was a sure thing-but he never gambled on getting caught up in murder.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449211991
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/12/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.29 (w) x 6.93 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick Francis

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.

Biography

Dick Francis was born in Lawrenny, South Wales in 1920. He served in the Royal Air Force for six years during World War II, piloting fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster between 1943 and 1946.

Following the war, Francis, the son of a jockey, became a celebrity in the world of British National Hunt racing. He won more than 350 races, was Champion Jockey in 1953-1954, and was retained as jockey to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother for four seasons, 1953 through 1957. Francis rode eight times in the world famous Grand National Steeplechase, and nearly won in 1956 when his horse, the Queen Mother's Devon Loch, a few strides away from victory with a clear field, suddenly collapsed. This incident, which Francis calls "both the high point and low point of my career as a jockey," was the impetus for him to begin a second career as a writer. Shortly after the incident, a literary agent approached Francis about writing an autobiography.

In 1957, Francis suffered another serious fall and was advised to retire from race riding. He completed his autobiography, The Sport of Queens, which was published later that year, and accepted an invitation to write six features for the London Sunday Express. He stayed on as the newspaper's racing correspondent for 16 years.

Sports writing soon led to fiction writing, which in turn led to a string of bestselling novels. His first, Dead Cert, was published in 1962. His 36th novel, 10 Lb. Penalty, was published in the U. S. by G. P. Putnam's Sons in September 1997. In addition to his novels and autobiography, Francis has also published a biography of Lester Piggott, A Jockey's Life, and eight short stories. He has edited (with John Welcome) four collections of racing stories, and has contributed to anthologies and periodicals.

Francis's books have been bestsellers in a number of countries, and have been translated into more than 30 languages, including all European languages, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Bantu, and several dialects of Chinese. Each of his novels has also been recorded on audio in both Britain and the United States.

Francis was made an Officer of the most noble Order of the British Empire in 1984, and was awarded the British Crime Writers Association silver dagger in 1965, gold dagger in 1980 and Cartier diamond dagger for his life's work in 1990. The recipient of three Edgar Allen Poe Awards for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, most recently for 1995's Come to Grief, Francis is the only person to have been awarded the prestigious award more than once. The Mystery Writers of America named Francis Grand Master for his life's work in 1996, and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tufts University in 1991.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Richard Stanley Francis (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 31, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tenby, Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales
    1. Date of Death:
      February 14, 2010
    2. Place of Death:
      Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2000

    Suspense, Action and Mystery

    '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. <p> 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.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    So happy to discover this writer

    Delicious, with prose and humor that reminds me of P.G. Wodehouse!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    l never thought a book even remotely concerned with investment b

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Compelling

    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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