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A high-class, transcontinental horse-racing junket should be an idyllic getaway for the super-rich.

But one passenger on this train is a sociopath, a genius at blackmail and criminal corruption—and he plans to take everyone for everything they've got.

The Great Transcontinental Mystery Race was a glittering rail junket that promised not only the opportunity to race a thoroughbred on some of the world's great courses, but also an ...

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Overview

A high-class, transcontinental horse-racing junket should be an idyllic getaway for the super-rich.

But one passenger on this train is a sociopath, a genius at blackmail and criminal corruption—and he plans to take everyone for everything they've got.

The Great Transcontinental Mystery Race was a glittering rail junket that promised not only the opportunity to race a thoroughbred on some of the world's great courses, but also an But included on the guest list was Julius Apollo Filmer, the most ruthless operator his own!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To catch a murderer, an undercover agent for the British Jockey Club poses as a waiter on the ``Great Transcontinental Mystery Race Train.'' ``There is no limit to the thrills along the way, and no way of predicting the stunning denouement,'' lauded PW. 1,000,000 first printing. Mar.
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Young Tor Kelsey, competent, race-horse wise, and independently wealthy, works for undercover security at the English Jockey Club. ``Loaned'' to the Canadian Jockey Club, he spies on charming but slippery British extortionist Julius Apollo Filmera horse flesh aficionadoaboard the first-ever Transcontinental Mystery Race Train. During the week-long trip, put together to promote Canadian racing, Kelsey narrowly avoids detection, single-handedly averts catastrophe, and even falls in love. This most excellent and memorable construction, crisply crafted and sparkling with intensity, evidences a deft, masterful hand. Literary Guild main selection. REK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886462451
  • Publisher: Durkin Hayes Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1989
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.96 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick Francis

Dick Francis, CBE, wrote more than 40 bestselling novels during his career, selling over 60 million books worldwide. He first published his autobiography in 1957, and his first thriller, Dead Cert, followed five years later. He received many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger, and three Edgar Allan Poe awards from the Mystery Writers of America. They also made him a Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement. Dick Francis died on Valentine's Day in 2010, aged 89.

During a long career that has encompassed stage, TV and cinema, Tony Britton has become a familiar face to millions through the long-running series Don't Tell Father and Don't Wait Up. Among his other TV appearances are The Royal, Doctors and The Way We Live Now, while his films include These Foolish Things.

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 January 17, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    A good yarn. Pretty classic Dick Francis.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    Dick Francis writes about the world of horse racing with crisp p

    Dick Francis writes about the world of horse racing with crisp plots and tightly drawn characters that are a delight to experience. The Edge is mostly set on a train in Canada which is bringing horse owners from race to race as part of celebration of the Canadian horse racing industry. It’s a delightful setting and serves Francis well as his hero, Tor Kelsey, attempts to figure out A) how bad guy Julius Apollo Filmer plans to disrupt the event, and B) how he (Tor) is going to stop him from doing so. Along the way we meet a cast of colorful characters and Francis writes the most convincing romance of his career.
    This one is running neck and neck for the title of best Dick Francis novel with other greats such as Hot Money and Straight.

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    Posted November 26, 2013

    Another subject I never thought I'd be interested in, fashioned

    Another subject I never thought I'd be interested in, fashioned into a great read

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Adventure!

    With any Dick Francis book you know you're going to get a fast paced, clean, suspenseful read. This one is my personal favorite--there is a very bad guy on a very high-class train going across Canada.

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    Hunting Grounds

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    Alphawolf

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