by Dick Francis, Felix Francis

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425242629
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 408,996
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dick 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.

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.

Felix Francis, a graduate of London University, spent seventeen years teaching A-level physics before taking on an active role in his father’s career. He has assisted with the research of many of the Dick Francis novels, including Shattered, Under Orders, and Twice Shy, which drew on Felix’s experiences as a physics teacher and as an international marksman. He is coauthor with his father of the New York Times bestsellers Dead Heat, Silks, and Even Money. He lives in England.


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


Dropped out of Maidenhead County School at age 15.

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Crossfire 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After losing his foot in an Afghan fire fight, Captain Tom Forsythe has returned to the States to recover and learn to use his prosthesis. With no place to go, he returns to his mother's Kauri Horse Stables in Berkshire, England. At seventeen, tired of the fights with his stepfather, he left to go to war. Now he learns his family is concealing something from him. He soon learns someone is blackmailing his mother to the tune of 2000 pounds a week and they also lost a fortune in a sham hedge fund recommended by their accountant Roderick Ward who was found drowned; officially ruled an accident. What hurts Tom's mom the most is that her extortionist is forcing her to make sure her horses lose races. Tom investigates, but is kidnapped and left hanging in an abandoned warehouse. He escapes, vowing to take down the killers and others involved in harming him and his mom. This father and son team has proven to be as successful writing entertaining mystery readers as Dick Francis did when he rode solo (with his late wife as his researcher). The story line is driven by the hero who lost a limb in the Afghan war, but though depressed refuses to allow his trauma from helping his mom out of her predicament. With homage to Dick Francis who goes out a winner as he passed away a few months ago, Crossfire is a terrific character driven suspense thriller. Harriet Klausner
tudorlady109 More than 1 year ago
I got this book one day, and had it finished by the next. I truly enjoyed it, and it was similar in style and quality to the other Francis novels. Unlike other mysteries I own, I read the Francis ones over and over again as I enjoy them so much. I highly recommend this novel to those who are mystery lovers.
Reader42AS More than 1 year ago
Dick Francis and Lee Child are the only authors that I would buy in hard back as soon as it came out without even reading what it was about. I have not only read every one of his books, I have owned them. If you have never read a Dick Francis book, I highly recommend them. This is not the best of his books but it is still very good.
Emom More than 1 year ago
There are flashes of Dick Francis in this book but they are few. As one other reviewer said, the scene with Tom hanging in a stable is from a previous book. Very disappointing. this book is kong on personal and physical suffering and short on horses, races, and plot.
librisissimo on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Boring and predictable. No detection done. Unnecessarily uses foul language for effect
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Mr. Francis' protagonist is an injured army vet who lost a foot in Afganistan. The bad guys are typically ruthless and greedy, but Thomas Forsyth is more than a match for them. Many of Mr. Francis' heros are men pushed to the limits of their wits and determination. In this case, Thomas is dealing with the emotional aftermath of his amputation. A good read and I wonder if Mr. Felix Francis will continue to write, now that his father has passed on.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Mmm. Don't like it. It's not terrible, but I don't think I'll reread it. Part of the problem is that I don't like the hero - for all the wounded hero bit, he's too self-pitying and too quick to pick a fight with his family. He's also, it becomes clear, an adrenaline junkie - I don't think his final disposition will satisfy him for long. Then - the story is rather choppy, and he keeps making assumptions. The first few don't go too badly - they are involved, if not primary actors - but the last one very nearly gets him killed and does kill someone else. And he keeps going off in half-page military...not reminiscences, it's not his memories...history bits? To back up "surprise is the best weapon", the author spends a page discussing Pearl Harbor in detail, not just the attack but exactly what damage was done. Utterly irrelevant - a passing comment about Pearl Harbor would have made sense, but it was written as of none of the readers would have a clue what Pearl Harbor was and as if the details of the attack were important to the story. I find the former unlikely and the latter untrue. There were no characters I really liked here - Mr. Whiny and Mrs. Bossy are majors, all the other women who play any noticeable part are sex-starved... Ian is one of the least unpleasant characters, and he's nothing much. I think I liked Mr. Sutton best, and he's in a nursing home and can't hold a thought for more than a few minutes. Bleah. Not the only Francis I won't reread, but a worrying sign. I hope Felix can do better in the future.
Turrean on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Bleh. Not worth finishing.
EPClark More than 1 year ago
Last January I set an absolutely ridiculous Goodreads reading challenge for myself--so ridiculous that I'm embarrassed even to admit how high it is (okay, it was 200 books). Needless to say, unless a miracle occurs I'm not going to meet it, although I will say in my defense that I probably have read that many books, but unfortunately a number of them were either not on Goodreads by virtue of being Russian, or I didn't like them, or I just didn't get around to writing reviews for various other reasons. Still, I couldn't just give up without a fight, so I'm going to throw in a few reviews of things that I read last year (or before) in a vain attempt to make up the numbers somewhat. In keeping with the military theme of most of my recent reading, I'll start off my retrospective reviews with one of "Crossfire," one of the collaborative efforts between Dick Francis and his son Felix Francis. Funnily enough, since Francis Sr. served in the RAF during WWII and all his books have an autobiographical element, this is the first of his books to feature a military officer. One suspects that, for all the surface-level conservatism of Francis's heroes--they tend to dress conservatively and keep their hair aggressively short, as well as distancing themselves from political activism of all stripes, especially left-wing, and even long-haired, hippy painter Alex Kincaid, from "To the Hilt," is motivated primarily by duty, family, and honor --Francis himself was at heart a rebel and a free spirit, something that comes across in his heroes' preference for self-employment and vigilante justice. Government employees and military men tend to be secondary subjects of satire rather than central heroes. Anyway, Tom Forsyth from "Crossfire" breaks with that pattern, as he is "married to the military"--until, that is, an unfortunate encounter with an IED in Afghanistan deprives him of one of his feet, along with his military career. Depressed, angry, and unwilling to accept his fate--Tom is one of the angrier, edgier heroes of the Francis oeuvre--he returns to live with his estranged mother in Lambourn until he can get back on his feet, so to speak, only to discover that his mother is neck-deep in trouble and in need of his help. I admit that I approached the Dick & Felix collaborations with a mixture of interest and trepidation. Dick Francis is probably one of the most formative authors of my reading life, I'm not even ashamed to admit, and sometimes when I reread his works I marvel at how much they've influenced my own stylistic and narrative choices, and probably basic worldview as well. So how would these later, co-written books, hold up? It must be noted, though, that all of Francis's works were family affairs: as he revealed following her death, his wife Mary was always an integral part of his writing process, up to and including getting a pilot's license and running her own air taxi service as part of the research for "Rat Race." The author "Dick Francis" was really a collaboration between Richard and Mary Francis; in partnering with his son, Francis Sr. is simply continuing on with the tradition.
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Layed on her bed texting
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Felix has apparently taken after his father, Dick Francis, in all the best ways. A really good, fast read. I'll be getting more of his.
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A well researched thoroughly enjoyabe read. I couldn't put it down.
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