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This is a book of short stories mystery stories by Dick Francis I loved it All the stories had some connection to the world of horse racing What great characters, too The stories had been created over the span of quite a few years, so that made the collection eveninteresting to read I think that anyone who likes Dick Francis mystery novels would enjoy this book. Dick Francis write superbly What can I say This book of great short stories is filled with his trade mark excellence of writing Mystery, human stories I loved Song for Mona , adventure of a sort , funny little twists and turns of what happens I didn t foresee any of it, and was delighted with each and every story. A Superbly Crafted Collection Of Thirteen Tightly Plotted Tales That Treats Readers To Murder, Mystery, And Mayhem In The World Of Horseracing This is a book of 13 short stories centered around horse racing and the jockeys, trainers,owners and gamblers whose lives depend on the sport Many of the stories involve cheating of one sort or another My favorites were the ones where honesty and professionalism are rewarded These were few in number Although Dick Francis is widely known as a mystery writer most of these stories are not actually in that genre. Thirteen short stories about the horse racing sports from the master of the genre They are easy to read and enjoyable I especially likes the short notes accompaning each story. 3 Apr 99Not my favorite Most of these stories were written in the seventies when Francis was going for ahard boiled feel with pickpockets and grifters They re fine stories, just not as good as the later novels.personal copy Field of Thirteen are short stories by Dick Francis, all try to twist ending, some not as just as I d wish, less justice, easier on wrong doers The variety of scams hint ideas never fleshed out to full length Not as much humor as I like, incomparable skill creating whole personalities from bits, names, single sentences, even omissions I read them all before liked first best, drawn by chance according to foreword Notes on the Racecard , that also name drops Penguin publisher, wife, and Car Field of Thirteen are short stories by Dick Francis, all try to twist ending, some not as just as I d wish, less justice, easier on wrong doers The variety of scams hint ideas never fleshed out to full length Not as much humor as I like, incomparable skill creating whole personalities from bits, names, single sentences, even omissions I read them all before liked first best, drawn by chance according to foreword Notes on the Racecard , that also name drops Penguin publisher, wife, and Caribbean sea apartment Francis was well rewarded for his talent 1 Raid at Kingdom Hill Tricksy Wilcox was not the most intelligent of men p3, was never p12, caught stealing betting funds after calling in bogus bomb scare, by cop attracted running legs clad in fluorescent orange sox Spoiler Mrs Angelisa Ludville, debt ridden deserted Tote ticket clerk, and lazy lax security officer Major Kevin Cawdor Jones both abscond withscot free, while Tricksy stays mum 2 Dead on Red Emil Jacques Guirlande, assassin afraid of flying, shoots flame haired successful jockey Red, gun hidden under tourist map, paid by jealous Rock Davey Rockman to next take out suspicious employer Gypsy Joe Spoiler Enroute to second job, ferry sinks, crimson hull visible last 3 Song for Mona Joanie Vine selfish snob, ignores illness of country accented mother Mona Watkins, causing death Spoiler Angry friends, rich Bolingbrokes, famous singer Cassidy Lovelace Ward writes and dedicates memorial song, and with husband gold medal rider Oliver keep hidden newspaper article that Joan s late father convicted child rapist 4 Bright White Star No names Tramp warned off by shotgun of Jim and Vivi Turner after landowner kicks down his shelter on Xmas Eve Spoiler Tramp gives apologetic landowner colt with forehead star he slipped away from thieves Turners landowner tells sergeant to call Race officials 5 Collision Course Absalom Elvis da Vinci Bill Williams, editor fired from Cotswold Voice news, treated like dirt arriving by boat to Kinser owned restaurant for job interview Spoiler Interviewer R Harold Field hires Bill after he asks Kinsey for apology and permanent welcoming notice for boaters 6 Nightmare Martin Retsov, upset by recurring visions of run over father who taught him scam stealing pregnant mares, works feed sales legit three years before pickpocket hitch hiker Johnnie Duke seems ideal new partner to start up again Spoiler Sergeant Duke and backup catch villain red handed 7 Carrot for a Chestnut Whining ungrateful beast p182 bad Chick 19 accepts payoff, feeds poisoned carrot to chestnut, Toddy Morrison falls, horse dies Trainer Arthur Morrison assigns Chick next Spoiler Chick feeds drugs too late, horse falls, dies, rider Chick paralyzed, cared for his family, the Morrisons see The Treasury of Great Racing Stories 8 The Gift Fred Collyer 46 alcoholic reporter, oblivious to others disgust, blacks out after overhearing Kentucky Derby fix, but starts to remember when Blisters Schultz steals wallet thus drink money Spoiler Fred borrows money, passes out, misses deadline 9 Spring Fever Mrs Angela Hart, kindly gullible wealthy widow 52, falls for jockey Derek 24 Observant trainer darling Clement gets Derek in cahoots to over rate useless colt Magic , pay 5K, charge 20K Chance bystander Yorkshire seller s brother, innocently exposes scam Spoiler Derek, injured in fall, feels guilty, confesses, but advises that Magic has true potential and trainer will lie to avoid Whitbread race Angela, sad but open eyed blackmails Clement to run colt in as promised, wins a bundle, sells horses, goes on cruise 10 Blind Chance Arnold Roper knows photo finish winners, informs network of separate betters, like unemployed family man Greg 52, and takes cut Blind teen has radio hobby, overhears transmission before judge announces result, wins independently of gang, but noticed by chance Spoiler Arnold is photographer that develops official snapshots 11 Corkscrew Sandy Nutbridge, his aged mother, and wealthy Jules Reginald Harlow are all British and conned by crooked American lawyer Patrick Green Spoiler Harlow has honor, persistence, and funds to hire smart lawyer David Vynn for justice Four years later, debt free but still dishonest at heart Green moves to another state, but victim of swindle in a dark alley beat him to a pulp 12 The Day of the Losers Austin Dartmouth Glenn cannot wait five years for hot serial numbers to be obscure, so grimes new banknotes and takes to Grand National Jerry Springwood jockey 32 has lost his heart Stewards deny Chief Superintendent Crispin request to fix win and catch member of murdering bank gang collecting on bet, but Springwood conquers fears and wins anyway Spoiler Glenn rips up ticket but first placer disqualified by not collecting he cursed his wife and kicked the cat , but keeps job as nearby jail night guard Jockey retires, weeps for lost courage , doesn t realize he rode bravest race of his life p31413 Haig s Death Winchester race judge Christopher Haig 42 fantasizes still, not knowing this is his last day of life Jasper Billington Innes and wife Wendy 42 are bankrupt, need first runner Lilyglit to win Second favorite Fable owners Arkwright brothers jockey and trainer are dishonest, going to be caught this time Storm Cone 3 jockey Moggie Reilly 24, fallen for trainer s daughter Sarah Driffield, refuses last ditch plea from normally honest Innes to throw race Spoiler Haig s death causes race declared void as if nothing happened , so Innes, Reilly, even Arkwrights have happy fates after an eventful dangerous race Trivia 1 has millenniumized money and usages p1, unlike Australian pounds in For Kicks 9 has numbers only, I added pounds symbol because set in England I abandoned the book half way through, because unfortunately I really don t like short stories very much The 7 that I read were good as short stories go I read Dick Francis novels many years ago and enjoyed them, so I decided to give these stories a try This book deserves an explanation of why someone would drop it, so there you have it Good writing and stories, but just too short for me I should have known better. What is there to say about Dick Francis As I think about all of his books yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I ve read them all I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society either directly or indirectly The heroes aren t always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world.Buttha What is there to say about Dick Francis As I think about all of his books yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I ve read them all I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society either directly or indirectly The heroes aren t always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world.Butthan that, Francis s heroes are rational human beings The choices made are rational choices directed by a firm objective philosophy that belies all of Francis s novels The dialogue is clear and touched with humor no matter the intensity of evil that the hero faces The hero s thoughts reveal a vulnerability that is touching, while his actions are always based on doing the right thing to achieve justice Causing the reader to deeply care about the characters in a novel is a difficult thing to do No such worries in a Francis novel The point of view is first person, you are the main character as you read the story usually the character of Mr Douglas The hero is personable, like able, non violent but delivering swift justice with his mind rather than through physical means This is not to say that violence is a stranger to our hero Some of it staggering and often delivered by what we would think of normal persons living in British society.You will come to love the world of Steeple Chase racing, you will grow a fondness for horses, stables, trainers and the people who live in that world You will read the books, devouring one after the other and trust me Dick Francis has a lot of novels over 40 by my last count.There are several series woven into the fabric of Francis s work notably the Sid Halley and Kit Fielding series.Assessment Dick Francis is one of my favorite writers I read his books with a fierce hunger that remains insatiable and I mourn his death This is a good collection of short stories with a horse racing theme Thirteen stories with interesting ending to keep readers holding on for the ride.The author has a good writing style and the stories are unique, fun and great to read either one at a time or in one sitting if you want too.First time I have read a book by this author and I enjoyed it.