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Banker 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 Dick Francis explored different facets of the horse racing industry in his thrillers.This time,he looks at the working of stud farms through the eyes of a merchant banker.A champion horse Sandcastle,is put to stud and a client asks Tim Ekaterine s bank for a loan of 5 million to buy him.But despite the hefty price tag,and the impeccable pedigree of the horse,the foals being born are deformed.Tim Ekaterine has to look into the matter,to save his bank s massive investment.The action is spread ove Dick Francis explored different facets of the horse racing industry in his thrillers.This time,he looks at the working of stud farms through the eyes of a merchant banker.A champion horse Sandcastle,is put to stud and a client asks Tim Ekaterine s bank for a loan of 5 million to buy him.But despite the hefty price tag,and the impeccable pedigree of the horse,the foals being born are deformed.Tim Ekaterine has to look into the matter,to save his bank s massive investment.The action is spread over a period of three years.It is also a very good look at the world of merchant banking.Frances and his wife Mary would write one book a year,and in each one,a new profession and its intricacies would be presented.A cracking good read,one of his best I have read several Dick Francis novels over the years As I recall the protagonist is usually a jockey or retired jockey Banker is a slight departure from the norm Tim Ekaterin is an investment banker When the story opens there is no hint of horse racing No jockey No race horse No race track Not even a murder The entire story is rather slow at the beginning and I was wondering where it was headed Eventually the pace picks up and there is plenty of murder and mayhem.After Ekaterin and s I have read several Dick Francis novels over the years As I recall the protagonist is usually a jockey or retired jockey Banker is a slight departure from the norm Tim Ekaterin is an investment banker When the story opens there is no hint of horse racing No jockey No race horse No race track Not even a murder The entire story is rather slow at the beginning and I was wondering where it was headed Eventually the pace picks up and there is plenty of murder and mayhem.After Ekaterin and some colleagues attend a horse race they learn that one of the horses, Sandcastle, is up for sale and he arranges raising millions for the purchase of Sandcastle for breeding not racing At first it appears to be a wise investment but then a large number of Sandcastle s foals are born with birth defects The breeder that Tim arranged the loan for, Oliver Knowles, is in danger of going bankrupt Tim has gotten to know Oliver and his daughter, Ginnie, and begins investigating Things really pick up when Ginnie is found dead.If you thought the world of finance was full of corruption and greed it doesn t come close to horse racing There are those who have no morals, no compassion and care nothing about others or the horses All they care about is making a fortune and they have no compunction about how they do it.This story starts out slowly but once you get to know all of the characters it gets interesting There are some distractions such as Tim s feelings for the wife of his boss I am not sure what this had to with the story Other than this it was an enjoyable read It is not the best Dick Francis novel but it is not bad 1 Jan 19951 Jan 199812 Mar 1998Background I picked up my first Dick and Mary Francis in the early 80s Read all the backlist at least once, but the early ones weren t so much my cuppa They were a little too self consciously hard boiled, but it always felt awkward The last twenty or thirty were muchabout the psychology of the bad guy they weren t so much about motive, means, and opportunity as they were about why this person might commit this kind of murder, but other people, with just 1 Jan 19951 Jan 199812 Mar 1998Background I picked up my first Dick and Mary Francis in the early 80s Read all the backlist at least once, but the early ones weren t so much my cuppa They were a little too self consciously hard boiled, but it always felt awkward The last twenty or thirty were muchabout the psychology of the bad guy they weren t so much about motive, means, and opportunity as they were about why this person might commit this kind of murder, but other people, with just as much anger, or fear, or whatever, wouldn t That s very appealing There are plenty of other reasons why I love the Dick Francis books There s the horse racing setting where despite the bad events of the story, people find real joy in riding, or training, or owning, a winner there s almost always a sweet older owner with twinkling eyes and good grace when their horse loses There s a time when the hero endures some really horrible physical pain and is able to do it, not because of willpower or focus or anything like that it s just that the guy heals quickly and doesn t seem to suffer nearly as much pain as others with the same injuries would do It makes sense that any who does anything really painful on a regular basis would have to be less susceptible to pain or they d never repeat it I believe somewhere there s speculation that a professional jump jockey has one fall for every four races There s always a woman, but most of the time she s unavailable, often married and not interested in leaving her husband, even after divorce became commonplace I refuse to speculate why this pops up so often Maybe the Francises Franci just don t like their endings to be too happy There is justice in the end and it pretty much never involves jail, but often requires some very clever blackmail for good And finally, there s the other thing in addition to racing something else is introduced, and it is something richly satisfying photography, or creating toys, or competitive target shooting, even merchant banking which I would have thought was deadly dull So it s been nearly twenty years since I last read most of them, but as I read through my collection I m loving them just as much as ever before Two thousand sixteen the year of rereading old mysteries Anyway, I m not going to bother to write reviews of each of them There s already a little synopsis available, and my opinion would just be gush, gush, gush, over and over again Mary and I worked as a team I have often said that I would have been happy to have both our names on the cover Mary s family always called me Richard due to having another Dick in the family I am Richard, Mary was Mary, and Dick Francis was the two of us together from Swanson, Jean Dean James 2003 An Interview with Dick Francis The Dick Francis Companion New York Berkeley Prime Crime pp 1 10 ISBN 0 425 18187 1 PS 11 September, 2016I forgot to mention something that amused me Our protagonist is explaining the set up of the merchant bank, telling us what the departments are, and who works there and cetera He mentions that there aren t any women on the board or in the best jobs, although there are plenty working as secretaries He offers up a couple of possible theories as to why this might be, but he doesn t ask any of the women working there, nor does it occur to him that the simple answer sexism is the most likely Everyone seems to be white, but the lack of minorities isn t even noticed It s funny, the things we just don t see On first reading this thirtysome years ago, I didn t notice the racism, nor did I consider the sexism It seems to me that I am, slowly but surely, becoming a Dick Francis fan After Reflex , Banker came next on my list Here are my thoughts after reading the novel The composition of this novel mirrors that one of Reflex , in terms of slowly unfolding plot However, unlike Reflex , Banker spans over the time period of three years But thanks to Mr Francis polished writing, the transitions between the years are smooth, and the final product is a well paced novel The events at the beginn It seems to me that I am, slowly but surely, becoming a Dick Francis fan After Reflex , Banker came next on my list Here are my thoughts after reading the novel The composition of this novel mirrors that one of Reflex , in terms of slowly unfolding plot However, unlike Reflex , Banker spans over the time period of three years But thanks to Mr Francis polished writing, the transitions between the years are smooth, and the final product is a well paced novel The events at the beginning of the novel might seem random at first, but as the book progresses, it becomes obvious fairly quickly that things are not as benevolent as they might seem at first glance The deviousness and foul play seethe under the surface, almost like in Rosemary s baby , but on a minuscule level here we haven t got any satanists, but there are certainly mysterious conspiracies The latter were very well thought of I predicted a thing or two, perhaps, but that s because I love to propose outrageous theories during the reading of a novel at times they turn out to be correct , and not because the novel is predictable Then there s the protagonist Tim Ekaterin is well, what to say The kind of guy you want to have around, in any kind of function He s determined to make a name for himself and prove himself worthy of a responsible position at the bank, he contemplates every candidate for financing with much care and forethought He s honorable and trustworthy the type that always does the right thing, no matter what Tim goes to extreme lengths to save his bank s money, and while that may sound as if though he s cold and calculative, it s not so He often reacts on instinct, which in the end always proves to be a good thing to do Although one can hardly find a fault in Tim s character, I just can t help but like him Francis made his character believable, and that s good enough for me As I ve gathered, the common denominator of all Dick Francis novels is the tie with the late writer s former occupation Banker is indirectly connected with the world of horses and racing It primarily deals with the goings on in a London merchant bank, but as the novel progresses, certain aspects of the racing world emerge and take the steering wheel, so to speak However, Tim s job at Ekaterin s is described very persuasively, and the reader can get a fairly good idea about what being a director in a merchant bank is about As Tim examines an unusual case which requires his stamp of approval for financing, both he and the reader get enlightened about running a horse farm, and the proper care and feeding of race horses, which make the novelinteresting and give it that special Francis flare.Overall, I m very pleased with this book, and I can recommend it to everyone looking for an entertaining mystery read Suitable for youngsters P.S I also like the ambiguous title of the novel Such wordplay is always bound to get extra points from me Partway through I really wondered why I d read that this book is reputed to be Mr Francis best It s an interesting story with likeable characters, but it didn t really seem to be going anywhere But then things changed When I got to the end I saw how all the rest of the story contributed to the conclusion and how the time spent on character development caused it to haveimpact. One of his best books, lovable characters, great plotWe have read every Dick Francis novel, some forty in all We marvel at the author s ability to endear the lead characters to the reader within just a few pages While our hero is always a man, it is always a man men would like to be like, and women would like to find Tim Ekaterin is no exception while he works in an investment bank, making daily decisions on big business loans, he is all of humble, courteous and pleasant, sensitive, One of his best books, lovable characters, great plotWe have read every Dick Francis novel, some forty in all We marvel at the author s ability to endear the lead characters to the reader within just a few pages While our hero is always a man, it is always a man men would like to be like, and women would like to find Tim Ekaterin is no exception while he works in an investment bank, making daily decisions on big business loans, he is all of humble, courteous and pleasant, sensitive, caring, personable and smart No wonder he is successful, even if his family founded the institution in question One of Tim s loans is to syndicate a champion racehorse getting ready to perform at stud From this development we learn not only a good deal about investment banking but the inside of the horse breeding business, especially from a financial viewpoint When the offspring start to show birth defects, irregularly, our hero is suspicious enough to practically start living at the stables to unravel what is going on When the horse owner s daughter, with whom Tim has developed an affectionate plutonic relationship, is murdered, the mystery gets really serious Are the TV celebrity horse healer and herbal remedy specialist and his cooperative veterinarian bad guys or victims Can Tim s pharmacist girlfriend help trace some important clues Will the horse farm and Tim s reputation survive An interesting sub plot, one presented in poignant prose, concerns Tim s boss Gordon, who is slowly losing the war with Parkinson s disease, and Gordon s wife Judith While it s not clear how it got started, Tim and Judith find themselves in love, but are too honorable to ever act on their feelings Toward the end of the book, when Gordon s health is in serious jeopardy, will Tim and Judith get the chance to unite Francis is known for relatively non violent mysteries, with pleasant leading characters, and enough suspense to entertain, even if at a level less than the thrills and chills of writers like Patterson or Sandford Nonetheless, we love his characters, and never fail to enjoy his stories Banker is indeed one of our favorite books of all time In Banker, Dick Francis is able to take two things I know very little about merchant banking and thoroughbred breeding and twist them together in such a way that I can t put the book down I always find reading Francis to be effortless He pulls me in from the start with an unusual situation Young banker Tim Ekaterin finds his boss standing in the fountain in front of the bank with his clothes on This situation is what leads to Tim being responsible for deciding whether or not the finance In Banker, Dick Francis is able to take two things I know very little about merchant banking and thoroughbred breeding and twist them together in such a way that I can t put the book down I always find reading Francis to be effortless He pulls me in from the start with an unusual situation Young banker Tim Ekaterin finds his boss standing in the fountain in front of the bank with his clothes on This situation is what leads to Tim being responsible for deciding whether or not the finance the purchase of Sandcastle, a star racehorse He becomes quite close to Sandcastle s owner and his young daughter after birth defects begin to appear in the horse s progeny they all have too much to lose Francis tends to set his main characters up in almost but not quite inappropriate relationships with young 17, in this case girls, which is a little weird, but things never cross the line Regardless, I know when I pick up a Dick Francis book that I m going to be sucked in until the last page The ground trembled from the thud of the hooves, the air rang with the curses of jockeys, the half ton equine bodies brushed through the birch, the sweat and the effort and the speed filled eyes and ears and mind with pounding wonder and then they were gone, flying away, leaving the silence I had walked down several times before to watch from the fences, both there and on other tracks, and the fierce fast excitement had never grown stale Racing makes even the blood of a cautious naturally bor The ground trembled from the thud of the hooves, the air rang with the curses of jockeys, the half ton equine bodies brushed through the birch, the sweat and the effort and the speed filled eyes and ears and mind with pounding wonder and then they were gone, flying away, leaving the silence I had walked down several times before to watch from the fences, both there and on other tracks, and the fierce fast excitement had never grown stale Racing makes even the blood of a cautious naturally born banker boil with enthusiasm, enough to convince Tim Ekaterin the young partner in a private London bank that a multi million investment in a racing horse is a sound business decision When the horse in question starts to display signs of genetic malfunctions, Tim is forced to intervene an protect the investment, landing him in the middle of a thick plot to defraud owners of valuable horses and culminating in bloody murder chagrin here s a word I always wanted to include in one of my reviews Such as writing up my end of 2017 recap, when I noticed to my chagrin that I didn t pick up even one Dick Francis novel, one of my all time favorite writers Hence one of the few New Year resolutions that I followed through in January with this Banker business, which proved to me Dick Francis never gets stale, no matter how often he recycles plot twists and character types His secret I believe is his passion, mostly about horses, but really about any other side issues that he makes central to the plot In this case investment banking, alternative medicine and stud farm managementThe art of money management now held me as addicted as any junkie, and my working life was as fulfilling as any mortal could expect Tim Ekaterin is a typical Francis protagonist and first person narrator modest to the point of self effacement, reliable, quick witted, principled, courageous to the point of recklessness when the situation demands it and a hopeless romantic when it comes to women In this particular novel there s a very interesting deviation from the standard Francis wooing since Tim is in love with the wife of one of his bank supervisors.The banking details were well integrated into the plot, although I feel sometimes that Francis was on a sort of kickback scheme, since he is usually very complimentary towards the industries that gave him the underlying information for his thrillers The benevolent banker is something that I find hard to swallow today, in view of recent scandals More appealing but also a little ambivalent was the angle about faith healers, with Tim taking a very long time to decide on the practiceI felt the same reservations about the healing touch as I had at Ascot I was a doubter, I supposed Personally, I m in the James Randi camp and am convinced right from the start they are all crooks view spoiler which made the villain of the deal obvious to me right from his first appearance at Ascot hide spoiler Tim gives them the benefit of the doubt and starts by crediting their good faith, until proven otherwise.In conclusion another solid addition to my Dick Francis Library, and I hope I will be able to add a couplebefore the year is over I will let one of the directors of the bank have the last wordBut let s not, Henry said, smiling one day over roast lamb, let s not make a habit of going to the races A Classic Mystery From Dick Francis, The Champion Of English Storytellers Tim Ekaterin Has A Lot Of Money Unfortunately, It Is Other People S, And It Is His Job To Invest It Wisely, Or Get Fired And Right Now He S Taken A Big Risk Using 5 Million To Stud A Champion Racing Stallion When The Resulting Foals Have Birth Defects, Tim Is Worried And Decides That There May Be Something Else Going On At The Stables His Suspicions Are Confirmed When One Of Those Helping With The Horses Is Murdered Now It S Not Just About Money, But About Life And Death Determined To Get To The Bottom Of Why Anyone Would Do This, Tim Puts Himself In Danger S Path To Discover The Truth Praise For Dick Francis As A Jockey, Dick Francis Was Unbeatable When He Got Into His Stride The Same Is True Of His Crime Writing Daily Mirror Dick Francis S Fiction Has A Secret Ingredient His Inimitable Knack Of Grabbing The Reader S Attention On Page One And Holding It Tight Until The Very End Sunday Telegraph The Narrative Is Brisk And Gripping And The Background Researched With Care The Entire Story Is A Pleasure To Relish Scotsman Francis Writing At His Best Evening Standard A Regular Winner As Smooth, Swift And Lean As Ever Sunday Express A Super Chiller And Killer New York Times Book Review


About the Author: Dick Francis

Dick Francis CBE born Richard Stanley Francis was a popular British horse racing crime writer and retired jockey.Dick Francis worked on his books with his wife, Mary, before her death Dick considered his wife to be his co writer as he is quoted in the book, The Dick Francis Companion , released in 2003 Mary and I worked as a team I have often said that I would have been happy to have both our names on the cover Mary s family always called me Richard due to having another Dick in the family I am Richard, Mary was Mary, and Dick Francis was the two of us together Series Sid Halley Mystery Kit Fielding Mystery


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