Today is the birthday of Dick Francis, one my all time favorite authors. Francis (who passed away earlier this year at the age of 89), was a late-in-my-literary-life discovery, since I only came to his books several years ago. But once I was hooked, I was hooked for keeps. I promptly read every book I could get my hands on in one fell swoop of Dick Francis frenzy.
Here's a link to a bit of bio and a list of all his books. And if you think all his books are strictly about horses, you'd be wrong. Even if you, for whatever reason on God's green earth dislike horses, you can still read Francis and not be overcome with equine revulsion. As I like to say: Dick Francis's books are about horses, the way Hamlet is about Denmark.
Years ago, when the mystery website www.mysteryinkonline.com was active, I reviewed books and once wrote a tribute to Dick Francis which you can still find at the site, here.
Here's what wowed me: Dick Francis sent me the loveliest letter thanking me for my tribute. Here's a man who rarely interacted with the 'press' but he wrote to me. I can't even being to express how thrilled I was.
Off the top of my head, here's a list of some of my favorite Dick Francis books:
- To The Hilt (My introduction to Francis.)
- Hot Money
- Come To Grief
- Driving Force
- Whip Hand
- Odds Against
- In the Frame
- Flying Finish
- Break In
- Dead Cert
This link to Fantastic Fiction will give you more information about the individual books.