Twice Shy

Twice Shy

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by Dick Francis
     
 

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A computerized horse-betting system falls into Jonathan Derry's hands—and unless he returns it to the rightful owners, the odds of his survival are slim to none.

Overview

A computerized horse-betting system falls into Jonathan Derry's hands—and unless he returns it to the rightful owners, the odds of his survival are slim to none.

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"An exhilarating fright ride...a cunning revenge scheme...another good Francis run."—Chicago Sun-Times
Library Journal
Physics teacher Jonathan Derry inherits trouble when his friend Peter gives him three innocuous-looking musical tapes that contain the computer language version of the betting system of a professional gambler named Liam O'Rourke. Unfortunately, Angelo and Harry Gilbert also know about O'Rourke's system and nothing will stop them from getting it. As usual, Francis will keep listeners enthralled as the menace and destruction associated with this system change the lives of everyone who touches it; from quick-witted physicist Jonathan to his younger, horse-loving brother William, everyone pays a heavy price. Tony Britton's performance is perfect. A guaranteed winner; highly recommended for all public libraries. Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425198773
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
206,687
Product dimensions:
4.11(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.82(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.

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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Twice Shy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, but not the best example of the suspense Francis brings to his novels. If you want a proper introduction to Dick Francis, try Banker, For Kicks, or Break In. In a twist on the oft-told story of one hero with multiple nemeses, Francis brings us a single foe taking on two protagonists. First, Jonathan Derry must outwit the villainous Angelo in his quest for a computerized betting system, then 14 years later his brother William must deal with Angelo's quest for revenge. The characters are well-written and pull you in despite the relative lack of action in the book. Tony Britton is a master of voice acting, presenting the story in a captivating and artful manner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different type of timeline for this book
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