Bolt

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Kit Fielding will do whatever it takes to stop the killing of racehorses. Not an easy task considering that the woman he adores is leaving him, an international arms dealer is threatening him, and Kit's nemesis has plans to knock him off the track—and plant him under it.

It is bad enough that Kit Fielding is the tallest jockey in racing; he has to be the most humane, as well. Now he is risking his life to stop the slaughter of horses, shot with a weapon called--with...

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Overview

Kit Fielding will do whatever it takes to stop the killing of racehorses. Not an easy task considering that the woman he adores is leaving him, an international arms dealer is threatening him, and Kit's nemesis has plans to knock him off the track—and plant him under it.

It is bad enough that Kit Fielding is the tallest jockey in racing; he has to be the most humane, as well. Now he is risking his life to stop the slaughter of horses, shot with a weapon called--with the cruelest irony--"a humane killer." Francis' biggest bestseller yet. "First-class entertainment! Great fun to read."--People.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his smashing sequel to Break In, Francis shows his old racing colors to advantage. Champion jockey Kit Fielding again proves his mettle when Henri Nanterre, the ruthless business partner of his fiancee's uncle, tries to convert their road construction company into an armaments enterprise. Nanterre threatens the life of Princess Casilia, his partner's wife, who also owns many of Kit's mounts. Nanterre is foiled, but then some of the princess's horses are found dead, killed, ironically, by captive-bullet bolt guns designed for ``humane'' deaths. Next come several near-lethal attacks against humans, including Kit's Danielle, and our Kit must devise a plan to thwart Nanterre for good. Soon Danielle has second thoughts about sharing the dangers of a steeplechaser's life. Maynard Allardeck, racing steward and hereditary enemy of the Fielding family, reappears and makes Kit's life even more difficult. The characterization isn't especially profound, but the plot races along wonderfully well, right up to a jolting twist at the end. BOMC featured alternate; Reader's Digest Condensed Books and Detective Book Club selections. March 23
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425202883
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Kit Fielding Adventure Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 486,022
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.76 (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.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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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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    Posted November 25, 2013

    Skyfur...try sunrise camp

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    Posted February 16, 2013

    Okay so u babbysit saturday to sunday aal week

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    Astara

    Astara nodded and sprinted off at an unatural speed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    IMPORTANT!!!!!!!

    WE'VE MOVED TO gah ALL RESULTS AND AN ARMIES COMING!!!!!!!! ALL HALF-BLOODS GO TO gah 1 RESULT READ THE INSTRUCTIONS THEN GET TO WORK!!!!!! HURRY!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE NEED HELP AND MORE ARCHERS!!!!!!

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    Rex

    Lrts join... after all its all the camps togethr.

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    Posted June 15, 2012

    Carlie

    Im going to the half blood camp where all the half bloods go. I hope i come too! *hoes to cbin to pack up*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2002

    One of the Best

    If you¿ve read 'Break In' some of the characters in Bolt will be familiar, but this is a completely different adventure. Champion jockey Kit Fielding rides for Princess Casilia and when he finds out she is in trouble he goes to her aid to solve one of the best crime thrillers in the equestrian world. There are the usual thrills and spills on the track and of course the intrique and plotting in the real world. Once again Francis keeps readers on their toes trying to solve the crime and once again the villain is one of the least expect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2001

    Not a good Francis selection

    I've read 2 by Francis; Flying Finish was fun but Bolt quite disappointing. This is NOT a mystery--we know throughout who the villain (one-dimensional) is, and the plot is merely waiting for the inevitable to occur. Even the 'surprise ending' does not really add much to any drama. Try another Francis novel.

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