By Dick Francis
A vintage secret from Dick Francis, the champion of English storytellers. existence as a author is less warm, hungrier paintings than John Kendall had bargained for. no longer even the survival publications he is written may also help him. So whilst infamous racehorse coach Tremayne Vickers techniques Kendall to jot down his biography, it really is a suggestion the impoverished author cannot flip down. stepping into Vickers' state domestic, Kendall speedy turns into immersed in his host's way of life: driving racehorses, making acquaintances, and learning the kin. yet then an area sturdy lady is located useless - and the party's over. A killer is lurking within the shadows. And Kendall's personal survival counsel are approximately to develop into extra helpful - and extra lethal - than he may well ever have imagined . . . compliment for Dick Francis: 'As a jockey, Dick Francis was once unbeatable while he obtained into his stride. a similar is right of his crime writing' day-by-day replicate 'Dick Francis's fiction has a mystery aspect - his inimitable knack of grabbing the reader's recognition on web page one and keeping it tight till the very finish' Sunday Telegraph 'The narrative is brisk and gripping and the historical past researched with care . . . the total tale is a excitement to savour' Scotsman 'Francis writing at his top' night common 'A normal winner . . . as gentle, quick and lean as ever' Sunday exhibit Dick Francis was once probably the most profitable post-war nationwide Hunt jockeys. The winner of over 350 races, he used to be champion jockey in 1953/1954 and rode for HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen mom, so much famously on Devon Loch within the 1956 Grand nationwide. On his retirement from the saddle, he released his autobiography, the game of Queens, ahead of happening to write down forty-three bestselling novels, a quantity of brief tales (Field of 13), and the biography of Lester Piggott. in the course of his lifetime Dick Francis acquired many awards, among them the distinguished Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger for his impressive contribution to the style, and 3 'best novel' Edgar Allan Poe awards from The secret Writers of the United States. In 1996 he was once named by means of them as Grand grasp for a lifetime's fulfillment. In 1998 he was once elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and used to be presented a CBE within the Queen's Birthday Honours checklist of 2000. Dick Francis died in February 2010, on the age of eighty-nine, yet he is still one of many maximum mystery writers of all time.