Break In [NOOK Book]

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Steeplechase jockey Christmas "Kit" Fielding has had more than his share of close calls both on and off the course. But trouble hits close to home when a grudge between his family and his sister's in-laws turns into a blood feud.


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Break In

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Overview

Steeplechase jockey Christmas "Kit" Fielding has had more than his share of close calls both on and off the course. But trouble hits close to home when a grudge between his family and his sister's in-laws turns into a blood feud.


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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Francis's 25th thriller is suavely handled and full of suspense. The narrator, Kit Fielding, wins handily as a steeple-chase jockey and enjoys the friendship of the princess who owns the horses he races. But trouble threatening his twin Holly and her husband Bobby Allardeck interrupts Kit's routine. As horse trainers, the Allardecks are about to go bankrupt after a scandal sheet prints the false report that they can't pay their debts. Determined to discover the motive for the attack, Kit enlists the help of people in the princess's circle, which includes her niece, Danielle. A romance develops between the jockey and Danielle, interrupted by villains sent to kill him. Thanks to Kit, the Allardecks' business is saved and he outwits the perpetrators of a shameful conspiracy. The love story, as well as the author's colorful descriptions of English jump racing and newspaper tycoons, add zest to the intricate novel. Literary Guild and Reader's Digest Condensed Books selections. (March 21)
Larry King
"Francis at the top of his form." -- U.S.A. Today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101464694
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/4/2005
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 60,173
  • File size: 268 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    One of Francis's best

    Francis writes to a formula, sure, but when he's on the top of his game, it's a terrific formula. "Break In" and "To The Hilt" are the two books I would hand to a non-Francis fan if I wanted them to understand this author's appeal. Tightly crafted thrillers, fast pacing, likeable characters, a smattering of horse-racing dirt, and a plot which is exciting but doesn't fall into TSTL territory. TSTL is shorthand for Too Stupid To Live, a common affliction among thriller heroes and heroines who would rather walk blindly into a trap than do what any normal person would do and call the cops. In his weaker books, Francis builds his big action climaxes around just such stupid actions. In his better books, the plot doesn't need such contrivances, and "Break In" is one of his best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    I LOVE the Kit Fielding stories-one of Dick's best!

    I LOVE the Kit Fielding stories-one of Dick's best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Great so far

    I like it. Read my story at lucey (not a typo) result one through four.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    IN THE NIGHT-(Chapter 1)

    "Night, Mom!" I called upstairs to my mom, my voice bouncing off the walls, echoing around the dead quiet house.<br>
    "Night, honey! Can you get the dog? Shes outside." She yelled back.<br>
    "Alright! I love you!"<br>
    "Love you too!"<br>
    I walked down the hallway to the back door, the wood groaning beneath me. I unlocked the door, and as I pulled the handle the door swayed open, the hinges creaking. <BR>
    "Coco!" Coco is my dog, a 1 year old golden retriever. "Coco, babe!" I heard a collar shaking. Wait- thats not a collar! Thats a- <br>
    A hand wrapped around my belly, but it wasn't a hand I knew. A rough, cold, uncaring hand. Before I could scream, four men were around me. One man hit my chin, I fist flying out of the dark, numbing night. Thr man who had hos hand wrapped around my stomach lifted me into the air. I stRted to let out a screa

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Francis never disappoints

    Another solid "lazy Sunday" read. Time spent in Dick Francis' world is always time well spent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    A must read!

    If you are a Dick Francis fan, this is one of his best.

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