Comeback

Comeback

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by Dick Francis
     
 

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When globe-hopping British First Secretary Peter Darwin returns to his childhood home fo a visit, he is sorry. Waiting for him were long-hidden memories, a string of racehorse deaths and homicide. As Darwin begins to realize that the key to all of it involves his own past, he wishes he'd never come back, because he just might never leave again —-…  See more details below

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When globe-hopping British First Secretary Peter Darwin returns to his childhood home fo a visit, he is sorry. Waiting for him were long-hidden memories, a string of racehorse deaths and homicide. As Darwin begins to realize that the key to all of it involves his own past, he wishes he'd never come back, because he just might never leave again —- alive....
"One of Francis' most winning novels."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
His 30th novel, an 11-week PW bestseller in cloth, displays Francis's trademarks: seamless plotting, believable characters, suspense and a bang-on horse-racing setting, in this case featuring a veterinary surgeon plagued by a series of mysterious equine deaths. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
YA-- A chance encounter leads Peter Darwin, a British Foreign Service officer newly posted back to England, to an involvement with the problems of a Gloucestershire vet who has lost several race horses during or after surgery. Francis's horse and racing trademarks are present here, as are his characters, who in this author's skilled hands, become as comfortable and familiar as members of one's family. The book conveys a strong sense of right and wrong, is fun to read, has an upbeat ending, and displays the same storytelling magic as always. It's a wonderful example of a book that bridges the gap between the YA and the adult novel. For horse lovers and armchair adventurers everywhere. --Pam Spencer, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449219560
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/1994
Pages:
321
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
860L (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.

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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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Comeback 4.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 14 reviews.
JustSumGuyInNC More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth or fifth Dick Francis book I have read, and it is the equal of the others in terms of reading enjoyment. If there is any negative criticism, I would guess that it would be a bit hard to believe that a career foreign diplomat would willingly give up weeks of his vacation leave to assist total strangers as Peter Darwin does in this novel. But that aside, this is another enjoyable book where one comes away knowing more about an area - in this case veterinary medicine - than one did going in. It is becoming clear to me that Mr. Francis researches different career fields for each of his books. As always there is the 'who done it' aspect of the story, with plenty of suspects to go around. The writing is clever, witty, and profanity-free. This was another fine book that I can recommend without reservation.
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GeryNC More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a horse owner myself it was hard to read about horses dying even fictional ones but as usual I was impressed
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puppycare More than 1 year ago
One of my favourite authors. If you want a good easy read mystery he is the king. Looking at some unique aspect of the horseracing industry makes for interesting reads also.
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