Field of Thirteen

Field of Thirteen

by Dick Francis

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A superbly crafted collection of thirteen tightly plotted tales that treats readers to murder, mystery, and mayhem in the world of horseracing.

“Few things are more convincing than Dick Francis at a full gallop.”—Chicago Tribune

With his remarkable blend of unrelenting suspense, finely tuned narrative, and lean, stylish prose, New York Times bestselling author Dick Francis proves that he is as much a master of the short story as he is of the novel in this thrilling collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425194997
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/02/2004
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 344,081
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(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, 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.


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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"[Field of Thirteen] starts with a gallop and remains strong throughout." -USA Today

"Mesmerizing...shows the literary jockey at the top of his game." -Entertainment Weekly

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Field of Thirteen 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
monado on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These are nicely written stories by Dick Francis. They show his interest in how people think and feel, what makes them "tick." He recalls magazines asking him to write a story; and when he asked what it should be about, they'd say, "About 3 000 words" or "About 5 000 words." The stories are- "Raid at Kingdom Hill"- "Dead on Red"- "Song for Mona"- "Bright White Star"- "Collision Course"- "Nightmare"- "Carrot for a Chestnut"- "The Gift" (published as "The Day of Wine and Roses"}- "Spring Fever"- "Blind Chance"- "Corkscrew"- "The Day of the Losers"- "Haig's Death"
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thirteen short stories set in the world of horse racing. Some are mysteries, some are suspense, or have a twist ending. Good light reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many unique stories.
ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
PLOT OR PREMISE: A collection of thirteen short stories, eight of which were published previously in various magazines. . WHAT I LIKED: "- Dead on Red - A contract killer kills a jockey for another jockey, but the results are not quite what the surviving jockey had desired. (4.00/5.00) - Song for Mona - A snobbish daughter is ashamed of her mother's life and history while others find her charming and praise her. (4.00/5.00) - Collision Course - An editor loses his job and runs into snobs who won't let him park his boat at their restaurant while he has dinner with three publishers. Turns out the owner is a up-and-comer who needs to win an upcoming race in order to attract horses to his farm. An interesting battle develops. (4.00/5.00) - Carrot for a Chestnut - Fixing a race by doping the horse with a doctored carrot. With a great twist at the end. (3.50/5.00) - Blind Chance - A man has a perfect way to know the outcomes of photo-finish races, and to make money on it. Until disaster strikes. (4.00/5.00) - Corkscrew - An honest man is charged with a crime and his lawyer swindles his parents out of the bail money. He doesn't count on the road to justice being somewhat long and windy. (3.75/5.00) - The Day of the Losers -- Money from an old robbery is the glue that holds this story together as the police attempt to fix a race in order to catch a crook. There are twists all around at the end. (3.50/5.00) - Haig's Death - All the people who have their fates resting on the outcome of a race are all affected when the decision falls to the judge, whose fate has already been decided. Multiple storylines all leading to a combined finish. (3.50/5.00)" . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: "- Raid at Kingdom Hill - A bomb scare at the racetrack, and money goes missing during the chaos. (2.00/5.00) - Bright White Star - The theft of a horse from an auction and a wandering tramp who is displaced from his home on the land...includes a great set-up/intro though -- ""Write us a story,"" they said. I asked, ""What about?"" ""About three thousand words,"" they replied. (2.00/5.00) - Nightmare - A horse thief is running from his past where his father was killed during a theft. (2.50/5.00) - The Gift - A down-and-out alcoholic journalist finds the horseracing story of the century, but may be too drunk to write it. (2.00/5.00) - Spring Fever - A woman falls in love with her jockey and is taken advantage of, at first. (2.50/5.00)" . BOTTOM-LINE: An average Francis collection . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I was not personal friends with the author, nor did I follow him on social media.
Clusterliver1 More than 1 year ago
The writing of a good short story is truly an art and Dick Francis demonstrates the he is a master of that art. These stories are crafted with the skill that he shows in his full length books, full of complexities leading with precision to a realistic end. If you're a longtime fan, you'll enjoy this one even though it leaves you wanting more. If you've not yet met Dick Francis, this is a great introduction.
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