Longshot

Longshot

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by Dick Francis
     
 

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Hired to write the biography of a famous racehorse trainer, John Kendall soon finds himself racing to solve a murder before the killer catches up with him. His continued survival, it seems, would be considered a longshot. "The best thriller writer going."--The Atlantic Monthly

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Hired to write the biography of a famous racehorse trainer, John Kendall soon finds himself racing to solve a murder before the killer catches up with him. His continued survival, it seems, would be considered a longshot. "The best thriller writer going."--The Atlantic Monthly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The reliable Francis ( Straight ) delivers again, this time in a thriller featuring young author John Kendall. Kendall writes survival manuals for an adventure-travel agency, but has taken time off to pen a novel. When money runs thin, he agrees to write the biography of famed horse trainer Tremayne Vickers. Leaving London for Vickers's Berkshire home, Kendall arrives as one of Vickers's two principal riders is acquitted of murdering a young woman with whom he'd quarreled. However, members of Vickers's entourage, including sons Gareth and Perkin and Perkin's wife, Mackie, suggest the hot-tempered jockey had some part in the death. Kendall fits easily into the household, conducting research, taking notes, even cooking and working horses; then the body of a missing stablegirl is found in the woods. As Kendall's research continues, his riding skills improve and he is taken into Vickers's confidence, the intrepid writer finds himself under attack. Horses, danger, betrayal and doing the right thing--expected components of a vintage Francis yarn--permeate a plot presented with authority and verve. Paperback rights to Fawcett. ( Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449219553
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/23/1992
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.95(d)
Lexile:
830L (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.

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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Longshot 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Longshot by Dick Francis is a brilliantly written novel. Each page makes you thirst for more because of it quick pace. Dick Francis writes in a way that makes you feel like you are learning from him. There is something about the way he puts words together that helps you easily remember the story. Longshot is a story of a writer named John Kendall that is having financial problems. So he takes a job that supplies housing and food. The job is to write a biography on a very successful racehorse trainer named Tremayne. John is an expert on survival and has written many survival books. As he researches Tremayn¿s life he finds out about a young girl named Angela Brickel. She used to work for Tremayne but came up missing. As he keeps digging into Tremayne and his family¿s life he finds out that Angela Brickel was murdered. As he get closer and closer to the truth someone in the family wants to get rid of him. The ending conflict comes with an explosion of excitement. It uses all the things you have learned in the book thus far to keep you hooked. You see how John¿s survival skills come in handy. I am not much of an reader, but this book caught my interest with ease which is hard to do. And when the book ended I was happy with what had happened and happy with the brilliance Dick Francis used to end the story. I would recommend this book to all readers, even if you think you don¿t enjoy reading. This book changed my whole outlook on books and reading in general.
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pulls the reader along effortlessly-l read the entire book over two days and could hardly wait for his next book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book is amazing. Dick Francis is a wonderful compelling writer. He will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout this murder mystery filled with danger arond every bend. Longshot is aobut a flowering writer and his employer,a world famous horse racer named Tremayne, on their search for just the right information for his new biography. John has not This adventure falls short when a young stable girl is found on a nearby ranch. Dead. The role of detective falls upon our main character, John Kendall and now it is up to him to survive, seek and smooth this murder out. This is a wonderful book. For sure a must read!
JustSumGuyInNC More than 1 year ago
This was the third novel I¿ve read by Dick Francis. Other customer reviews have done a good job of laying out the plot. The story is told from the viewpoint of an aspiring writer who has managed to just get by writing a series of survival books. He needs to rely on those skills to make it through a seemingly innocuous assignment of live-in biographer for a wealthy horse trainer. A series of misadventures and a missing person who turns up dead all point to there being a murderer in the midst of the characters who frequent the premises. It reminded me of the movie ¿Murder By Death¿ in that we know all the suspects, and we have to figure out who, amongst them, ¿done it¿. My only issue was that there were several equally suspicious suspects, and in the end, any one of them could have been revealed as the murderer. Be that as it may, it was the getting there, more than the resolution, that I enjoyed. This was another comfortable, engaging story by a delightful writer.