September 29, 2007 |
When Dick Francis emerged from self-imposed retirement last year with "Under Orders," one of his better novels, he acknowledged the assistance of his son, Felix. Too bad he waited to make that collaboration official. Instead, father and son share their first byline on "Dead Heat," a swiftly paced but considerably less satisfying tale that, surprisingly, has more to do with catering than cantering.
September 18, 2006 |
IN addition to the sinister-smart whodunit at the heart of Dick Francis' new novel, "Under Orders," there is another mystery worth perusing. Six years ago, after the author's wife and acknowledged collaborator, Mary, passed away, he stated that "Shattered," his 38th thriller in that many years, would be his last. He explained his change of mind in a recent interview in USA Today: "[M]y family has talked me back into the literary saddle."
April 5, 2006 |
Bestselling mystery author Dick Francis is ending a six-year hiatus and publishing his first book since the death of his wife and collaborator, Mary Francis. This fall, G.P. Putnam's Sons will release "Under Orders," his 39th novel. "I am delighted that ... my family has talked me back into the literary saddle," the British author, 85, said Tuesday in a statement.
October 22, 2000 |
I've read almost a dozen of Patricia Cornwell's books, most of them masterful. "The Last Precinct" is the best of the lot. It is about deception, double-dealing, suspicion, grief, guilt, duty, friendship, sadism and the rule of law. Familiar Cornwell-land, Richmond, Virg., is as crime-prone as ever. Foul play flourishes there, malignancy thrives and murder prospers. It is Christmas, an uneasy season, and Dr.
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October 10, 2000 |
Mary Francis, whose role in the writing of husband Dick Francis' best-selling mystery novels fueled a real-life whodunit last year, died of a heart attack Sept. 30 at her home in the Cayman Islands. She was 76. Dick Francis, author of 41 thrillers set in the British horse racing world that have sold 60 million copies worldwide, had often praised the contributions of his wife as his editor and research partner.
October 20, 1999 |
I've got to admit it. Dick Francis is a genius. I can find no other explanation for why, given the preposterous elements of "Second Wind" (Putnam, $24.95, 293 pages), his 40th novel, I woke up in the middle of the night worried about the protagonist, Perry Stuart. It would be difficult to come up with a less compelling profession for a sleuth: Stuart is a physicist turned meteorologist for the BBC.