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Overview

Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than one eyebrow." It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley. Last seen in 1995's Come to Grief, former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well-but in his day, jockeys didn't usually reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest. But this is precisely how he finds jockey Huw Walker-who, only a few hours earlier, had won the coveted Triumph Hurdle.

Just moments before the gruesome discovery, Halley had been called upon by Lord Enstone to make discreet inquiries into why his horses appeared to be on a permanent losing streak. Are races being fixed? Are bookies taking a cut? And if so, are trainers and jockeys playing a dangerous game with stakes far higher than they are realistic?

Halley's quest for answers draws him even deeper into the darker side of the race game, in a life-or-death power play that will push him to his very limits-both professionally and personally.

About the Author
DICK FRANCIS is the author of more than forty books, including the volume of short stories Field of 13, most recently, the New York Times bestseller Shattered, and his autobiography, The Sport of Queens. A three-time Edgar Award winner, he has also received the prestigious Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the genre. He was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1996, and was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2000. He divides his time between England and an island in the Caribbean.
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Ending a six-year publishing hiatus (after the tragic death of his wife and fellow collaborator, Mary, in 2000), the 86-year-old Grand Master of Crime Fiction, Dick Francis, is back with a new mystery starring ex-jockey/detective Sid Halley (Come to Grief, Whip Hand, et al.).

Halley and his best friend -- his former father-in-law, Charles Rowland -- are enjoying a day at the races, attending the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup in Gloucestershire. The event, however, is marred by three bizarre deaths: A fan suffers a heart attack; Oven Cleaner, a "god among racehorses," suddenly dies after winning a race; and an acclaimed jockey named Huw Walker is found dead with three bullet holes in his chest. Halley is hired on to investigate, but the allegedly open-and-shut case involving marital infidelity soon becomes complicated with rumors of race fixing and high-stakes gambling.

Under Orders is unquestionably vintage Francis; but the story behind the novel is what makes this release so noteworthy. For years, Francis has credited his beloved wife with playing an integral role in the creation of his novels -- as editor, researcher, and even coauthor. Under Orders, the first novel since her passing, is interspersed with lines that could have much deeper, more intimate connotations: "To love someone is a delight; to be loved back as well is a joy beyond measure." One thing is certain: After six years, Francis is right where he belongs -- back in the literary saddle. Paul Goat Allen
Marilyn Stasio
Handing the narrative reins to his champion sleuth, the retired steeplechase jockey Sid Halley, Francis launches confidently into an up-to-date exposé of the latest trends in horse racing skulduggery, from race fixing to online gambling cons.
« The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Beloved series character Sid Halley, a champion jockey, makes a welcome return in the latest fast-paced crime novel from bestseller Francis (Come to Grief). When a crippling injury forces Halley into retirement, he begins a second career as a PI. Thanks to his doggedness and integrity, he attracts many clients, including a mysterious government figure who asks him to assess the unintended consequences of Britain's legalization of Internet gambling, and others who wish him to unravel the nest of puzzles surrounding the murder of a jockey, Huw Walker, suspected of throwing races. This time, the sinister forces arrayed against him have an unexpected weapon threats of violence against Halley's new significant other. The writing and action are as crisp as ever, though longtime Francis fans may find the plot a little familiar. BOMC and Mystery Guild main selection. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Forbes Magazine
After six years in retirement Dick Francis is back in the crime-fiction saddle. For years this former jockey wrote riveting mysteries oriented around the racetrack. Thankfully, he's lost nothing in the interim, as the beginning of this book makes clear: "Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than an eyebrow. That only one of the deaths was of a horse was more than enough to bring the local constabulary hotfoot to the track."(26 Feb 2007)
—Steve Forbes
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After six years in retirement, Francis is back with another exciting thriller. Sid Halley, a former jockey who became a private investigator after being injured in a serious racing fall, now finds himself in even more danger off the track. After a day at the races that ends in three deaths, Sid ends up with a few too many jobs. Lord Enstone has asked him to find out why his horses keep losing, the father of the murdered jockey wants Sid to investigate his son's death, and his part-time boss at the secretive Cabinet Office wants Sid to look into organized crime's involvement with gaming centers and online betting. Francis, with the skill that has earned him three Edgar Awards, develops each of these inquiries, adding intriguing plot twists along the way. His characters come to life in Martin Jarvis's stellar performance of this enthralling mystery. Sure to be a best seller, Under Orderswill be an exciting treat for Francis's and Sid's many fans. Highly recommended for all public libraries.
—Theresa Connors

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594132018
  • Publisher: Large Print Distribution
  • Publication date: 9/12/2007
  • Series: Sid Halley Series, #4
  • Pages: 477
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick Francis

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.

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.

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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 November 1, 2009

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    One of Francis' most satisfying

    As a young boy in the early 1980s, I would thrill to watch "The Dick Francis Mysteries - The Racing Game" on PBS' "Mystery." (Indeed, one of my highlights during a summer spent in Ireland in 1987 with my brother was unexpectedly catching an episode on RTE, the one with "New Year Lad.") Sid Halley was one of the more offbeat detectives you'd encounter, being a championship steeplechase jockey permanently crippled and become a successful private investigator having a natural predilection for racecourse crimes as his preferred work. Mike Gwilym, a sublimely underrated Shakespearean actor, gave his portrayal of Halley the correct amount of pathos, vulnerability, and strength that the character demonstrated ever since his debut in Francis' "Odds Against," and the episodes piqued my interest enough that I soon became a devoted lifelong reader of all of Dick Francis' works. Thankfully, "Under Orders" is a worthy edition to the Sid Halley mysteries, a clever (if not totally creative) murder mystery involving race fixing and Internet gambling with the requisite Dick Francis physically-violent denouement that is sure to please all of Sid's and Dick's fans. Also, without wishing to reveal anything, it is nice to see for once that Halley gets a satisfying break in his personal life. Should this prove to be Sid Halley's final mystery, I think there are far worse ways to go. All in all, a tour de force from Mr. Francis, for which this fan is extremely grateful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

    Dick Francis "Reins" Supreme

    As a long-time Dick Francis fan, it surprised me to realize how long it's been since I read one of his novels. "Under Orders" did not disappoint. Mr. Francis' hero is full of grit and stubborness, and I enjoyed the way he investigates while doing his best to protect what he considers to be the needful things of life - including the woman he loves. A great read - couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    Very well done! One of Francis' better mysteries!

    While Dick Francis' novel are often simmiliar in theme, he alters the plots & characters so well it becomes a new read each time. This is a credit to his skill at crafting a clever plot with new antagonists and schemes for the reader to enjoy. Under Orders is one of the more enjoyable I have read lately.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

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    What a delight to read another exciting Dick Francis novel - met all expectations.

    I have read every Dick Francis novel and was delighted when there was another one to settle into. There's never a relaxed moment with Francis, let alone in this intriguing plot and with this great protaganist. Good mix of romance, nastiness, murder, and character. A page-turner. Strongly recommend for pure reading enjoyment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    An old friend returns at last!

    Thank you for another wonderful,rollicking ride with Sid!!!! In reading the reviews below I find that I must disagree with the one who found the characters 'out of character'. Characters that are believeable and real are allowed to mature, age and become more enlightened with the passing of years just as real people are Sid's added introspection and soul searching merely makes him more human and believable. Though I must say his internal consternation in Whip Hand far exceeded any softness displayed in Under Orders. After all, we have seen him through some horrendous adventures, and he has suffered both physically and mentally to a degree that would have been mind breaking to most of us 'real' people. I find that at 54 I have a greater appreciation for life and love and view it all quite differently than I did at 24. My recognition of the fragility of what we hold dear in life is much more acute as age advances. So with this in mind, I find that we should allow the ageing Sid this same courtesy of maturity, wisdom, and perhaps a bit of caution. And however he found Marina, I am glad for them. Thank you Mr. Francis and I hope that racing will continue, as it always has, to produce many more colorful villains for Sid to bring to justice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2007

    I do hope there are more to come...

    I was thrilled to learn there was a new Dick Francis book out there and read it through as soon as I could get my hands on it. I was slightly disappointed in the new personalities of some the characters compared to past books. But I did get accustomed to the new personalities rather quickly and thoroughly enjoyed another Dick Francis thriller. I hope Mr. Francis won't wait so long to publish his next one.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    RACING IS THE SPORT OF KINGS - CRIME FICTION IS THE SPORT OF DICK FRANCIS

    To the best of my knowledge it has been six years since the last Dick Francis mystery. I had reluctantly resigned myself to the fact that there probably wouldn't be another one, but here it is! Another entertaining read from the master of track thrillers featuring one of my favorite protagonists, Sid Halley, former jockey who lost a hand thus ending his career in racing. He then turned to sleuthing with an eagle eye and a nose for the nefarious. In this, his 42nd book, Francis wastes no time in hooking readers: 'Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than an eyebrow. That only one of the deaths was of a horse was more than enough to bring the local constabulary hotfoot to the track.' One of the recently departed is jockey Huy Walker - dispatched with three bullets to the heart. He had been having an affair with trainer Bill Burton's wife. That was more than enough to put Burton at the top of the suspect list......until Burton himself turned up dead. Halley had been approached by Lord Enstone to look into why Enstone's horses weren't getting anywhere near the Winner's Circle. Enstone wants to know what's going on at the track - bribes, race fixing? Well, that kind of skullduggery is bad enough but murder is quite another thing. Halley feels compelled to look into the killings, but in doing so puts his own life at risk. As always, readers will relish the author's thorough knowledge of racing and his deft way with a plot. Racing, as we know, is the sport of kings. Exemplary crime fiction is the sport of Dick Francis. Highly recommended. - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    THE PERFECT NARRATION

    Of course, you need a voice with a touch of the Brit about it to read the latest from Dick Francis, and the perfect narrator is found in Martin Jarvis. With a career that spans the Atlantic, Jarvis has performed in leading roles for the BBC and National Theatre in Britain. In Hollywood he's been seen in Murder, She Wrote and Titanic. His voice is authoritative, and his enunciation keen. Highly listenable! In this, his 42nd book, Francis wastes no time in hooking readers. We hear: 'Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than an eyebrow. That only one of the deaths was of a horse was more than enough to bring the local constabulary hotfoot to the track.' One of the recently departed is jockey Huy Walker - dispatched with three bullets to the heart. He had been having an affair with trainer Bill Burton's wife. That was more than enough to put Burton at the top of the suspect list......until Burton himself turned up dead. Halley had been approached by Lord Enstone to look into why Enstone's horses weren't getting anywhere near the Winner's Circle. Enstone wants to know what's going on at the track - bribes, race fixing? Well, that kind of skullduggery is bad enough but murder is quite another thing. Halley feels compelled to look into the killings, but in doing so puts his own life at risk. As always, listeners will relish the author's thorough knowledge of racing and his deft way with a plot. Racing, as we know, is the sport of kings. Exemplary crime fiction is the sport of Dick Francis. Highly recommended. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2006

    Welcome back!

    Dick Francis hasn't lost a step during his hiatus. As a long time fan I was thrilled to hear he was writing again. More please...

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    perfecta horse racing mystery

    Former Jockey Sid Halley lost the use of his left hand and thus is unable to ride any longer he went on to become a private detective. He has a thriving business because his clients know that the more someone threatens him, the more he will go after that person and bring him or her to justice. On Cheltenham Gold Cup day, Lord Enstone hires Sid to find out why his horses aren¿t winning and he want to find out if his trainer Bill Burton and jockey Huw Walker have something to do with fixing the races. --- Neither Bill nor Huw have a good reputation as rumors swirl that they are dirty. When one of Lord Enstone¿s horses wins, Sid notices Bill and Huw argue. The sleuth later comes across Huw¿s bullet ridden body. Suspicion falls on Bill as the killer but the police don¿t have enough evidence to charge him. When his body is found by assistant trainer Juliet, the police assume he committed suicide rather than face a marathon jail sentence Sid thinks murder occurred. He sets out to prove his premise, but by doing so he places his life and that of his lover Marina in danger. --- It has been six years since the death of his beloved wife Mary and his last novel, but his fans will appreciate that Dick Francis has left the starting gate to cross the finish line with another first place showing as the master still has the winning ticket. Although the protagonist has to wear a prosthesis, he doesn¿t feel sorry for himself and that results in the audience caring about him and hoping he solves the case without his lover getting hurt. Welcome back Mr. Francis to the saddle, we missed your perfecta horse racing mysteries. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 28, 2013

    welcome back Sid!

    welcome back Sid!

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Dick Francis is the best! Learn while you are entertained.

    Dick Francis was (is) a great thriller/mystery writer who combined steeplechase racing with many great heros. You will learn about wine making, glass blowing, movie making, jockies, and all of the workings behind racing in Great Britian and the rest of the world.

    The main characters are believable individuals the average person can relate to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2006

    Sadly Shallow

    Oh, how I looked forward to this novel after a long, six-year dry spell. Sadly, much of the depth and richness of Francis' characters, dialogue, sense of place are missing. Continuity suffers, too, as, after three Sid Halley novels, major character have suffered 180-degree shifts in personality. Halley's trusted but undemonstrative father-in-law (whose name before now has been Roland and now is Rowland) is portrayed as indecisive, emotional, and all but alchoholic. Stoic, thoughtful Sid is uncharacteristically wearing his heart on his sleeve, babbling through clumsy, meaningless dialogue, and showing his private doubts and insecurities where he once went to great lengths to keep from showing them to anyone but himself. Without so much as a single sentence about what became of his newly acquired girlfriend from his previous adventure (Come To Grief), he is presented here with a new girl whose entry into Sid's life is glossed over with a throwaway sentence and whose character is not well developed in any sense. Archie Kirk, reappearing here after his introduction in the previous book, has also suffered an abrupt personality change, losing his self-contained confidence and his wry awareness of human failings. When I read, I immerse myself in the time, place, and characters of the author--especially an author whose work I treasure as I do Mr. Francis'. In this book, there was too little depth in which to immerse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    New Fan of Francis

    Just picked up Dick Francis' newest book for my mom's birthday present. She's been a big fan for years. I know she'll let me borrow it after she reads it! She 'turned me on' to D. Francis stories just this year and I really enjoy them so much and plan to read many more. Currently greatly enjoying High Stakes...Author's Style: love the 'British-speak' and his style of combining a calm English manner with fast moving suspense. Jolly Good Fun!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2006

    Worth the wait

    The new Dick Francis 'Under Orders' is wounderful from start to finish. I savored every page. Let's hope there are many more Dick Francis mysteries to come

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    Pure Dick Francis

    If you are a Sid Halley fan, this book is grand. Great way for Francis to return to writing

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