Knockdown

Knockdown

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by Dick Francis
     
 

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For a generous commission, ex-prize-winning jockey Jonah Dereham reluctantly agrees to bid on a young steeplechaser on behalf of a wealthy American woman. But his life is thrust into danger immediately following the auction, when he receives a blow to the head by two thugs demanding ownership of the horse. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning—and

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For a generous commission, ex-prize-winning jockey Jonah Dereham reluctantly agrees to bid on a young steeplechaser on behalf of a wealthy American woman. But his life is thrust into danger immediately following the auction, when he receives a blow to the head by two thugs demanding ownership of the horse. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning—and now Jonah must figure out the high-stakes game being played…before he becomes its next casualty.

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“FEW MATCH FRANCIS FOR DANGEROUS FLIGHTS OF FANCY AND PURE, INVENTIVE MENACE.”—Boston Herald

“EACH FRANCIS NOVEL SEEMS TO BE HIS BEST.”—The Sunday Oklahoman

“FEW WRITERS HAVE MAINTAINED SUCH A HIGH STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR AS LONG AS DICK FRANCIS.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune

“DICK FRANCIS IS A WONDER.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“[THE] MASTER OF CRIME FICTION AND EQUINE THRILLS.”—Newsday

“Adventure novels so gripping that they cry out to be read in one gulp—then quickly reread to savor the details skipped in the first gallop through the pages.”—Houston Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425210246
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/07/2006
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“FEW MATCH FRANCIS FOR DANGEROUS FLIGHTS OF FANCY AND PURE, INVENTIVE MENACE.”
Boston Herald

“EACH FRANCIS NOVEL SEEMS TO BE HIS BEST.”
The Sunday Oklahoman

“FEW WRITERS HAVE MAINTAINED SUCH A HIGH STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR AS LONG AS DICK FRANCIS.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune

“DICK FRANCIS IS A WONDER.”
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“[THE] MASTER OF CRIME FICTION AND EQUINE THRILLS.”
Newsday

“Adventure novels so gripping that they cry out to be read in one gulp—then quickly reread to savor the details skipped in the first gallop through the pages.”
Houston Chronicle

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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Knock Down 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Dick Francis' title, Knockdown. Armed with a thick plot and colorful characters, Knockdown shines through as one of my most favorite books of all time. The novel circles around Jonah Dereham, an ex-jockey turned bloodstock agent. The story begins at the Newmarket horse sales, where Jonah is bidding on a steeplechaser along with his client Kerry Sanders, a wealthy woman buying the horse for a good friend's son. As the opening scenes come to an end, when Jonah and Ms. Sanders are leaving Newmarket, Jonah receives a crushing blow to the head from an unkown stranger. This is just one of the hurtful acts carried out upon him during the storyline. One of the most important and exciting moments in Knockdown, occurs in chapter 11. Jonah begins his campaign against the crooked bloodstock agents responsible (possibly) for buring down his stable, and calmly tells them: ¿You bash me, I¿ll bash back.¿ With these words, and some detective work done earlier in the story, Jonah tells one of the racehorse owners being swindled about the deceptive bloodstock agents and their wrong doings (charging double the price that the agent bid on the horse to the owner). Anger levels run high in this pulse-pounding chapter, as it seems that the seven lying bloodstock agents will soon be out of their jobs. As you can see, this thrilling Dick Francis mystery is defintely worth the few dollars one must pay to purchase a copy. The action and suspense is non-stop, and the vivid characters have such interesting personas. When entering the realm of Knockdown, one is plunged into a world of treachery; full of crooks whose eyes are on your wallet! Though dramatized to provide a more exciting reading experience, Knockdown demonstrates just how deceitful some bloddstock agents can be, and clearly states the meaning of the story: Caveat Emptor, BUYER BEWARE!