Straight

Straight

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by Dick Francis
     
 

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A jockey becomes the sole inheritor of his late brother's business, horse, mistress, and enemies.  See more details below

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A jockey becomes the sole inheritor of his late brother's business, horse, mistress, and enemies.

Editorial Reviews

Associated Press
Absolutely one of his best.
Detroit Free Press
Terrific...From the wonderful opening paragraph to the end, Francis propels you forward at a nearly breathless pace.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Suspicions about his brother's death lead a steeplechase jockey into a mystery involving diamond trading, a horse named Dozen Roses and secret computer passwords. Francis's 28th novel ``neither surprises nor disappoints,'' said PW; though consistent, uncanny good luck causes the credibility to suffer, a clever finale allows the author's reputation and his hero to emerge intact. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425208465
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/07/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
418,173
Product dimensions:
4.33(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Straight 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JustSumGuyInNC More than 1 year ago
You always learn something when you read a Dick Francis mystery, and this time it is the wholesale jewelry business. As always, the protagonist is a likable, moral, straight-thinking fellow who suffers more than his share of lumps along the way. The story bogs down for excess detail about mid-way through the book, but eventually works its way out with some surprising revelations, and all is tied up nicely by the book's end. A very pleasant diversion.
Sumariel More than 1 year ago
Though this is not on the track, it is about a jockey who inherit's his brother's life, and is totally unprepared. As with his usual fair, the storyline is excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good story
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this up last year in the hallway in front of the school library [in the discard pile]. Being an odd person and this looking like an odd book I picked it up. I began to read it and put it on a hiatus while I had other school issues to tend to. I continued it after September and finished it today. I need to say this is one of the best books I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is ok but it is not all about horse racing which is what it is about!Too many did things go on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi
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Yeah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only do guys. I'm straight. I'm a girl.