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Whip Hand

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Ex-jockey Sid Halley is asked to investigate possible doping of the horses of thoroughbred trainer George Casper - whose once-successful mounts have been failing spectacularly on the race track. At the same time he learns that a conman has left his ex-wife Jenny facing a jail sentence over a fake charity, while the Jockey Club want him to look into certain powerful syndicates who may be acting in a ruthless and illegal manner. Three dangerous cases, three ways to die - Sid is back on home turf...

Издательство: "Penguin Group" (2014)

ISBN: 978-1-405-91677-6

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Francis, Dick

▪ British author
born Oct. 31, 1920, Tenby, Wales

      British mystery writer known for his realistic plots centred on the sport of horse racing.

      Francis was the son of a jockey, and in 1946 he took up steeplechase riding, turning professional in 1948. In 1957 he had an accident that cut short his riding career. That same year he published The Sport of Queens: The Autobiography of Dick Francis, and until 1973 he was a racing correspondent for London's Sunday Express.

      In 1962 Francis turned to fiction with a successful first novel, Dead Cert (filmed 1974). Thereafter he averaged a book a year, all set in the world of horse racing. His books usually feature an amateur sleuth who uses classic deductive reasoning to solve the central mystery and who becomes emotionally involved with the case. The typical Francis villain is a pretentious snob whose smooth exterior masks his vices. Among the novels are Nerve (1964) and Forfeit (1968), which won an Edgar (mystery writers) award for its tale of a disaffected racing correspondent who discovers a South African syndicate. Although Francis' readers had come to expect a certain amount of brutality in his work, by the 1980s he had begun to write more introspective novels. Beginning with Reflex (1980), the story of a mediocre jockey facing the end of his career, Francis began to examine his protagonists' inner torments. Critics welcomed this new subtlety. Later novels include Comeback (1991), Decider (1993), Come to Grief (1995), To the Hilt (1996), and 10 lb. Penalty (1997). Hot Money (1987) is considered one of his best works.

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Источник: Francis, Dick

См. также в других словарях:

  • Whip hand — Whip Whip, n. [OE. whippe. See {Whip}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. An instrument or driving horses or other animals, or for correction, consisting usually of a lash attached to a handle, or of a handle and lash so combined as to form a flexible rod …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whip hand — n. 1. the hand in which a driver holds a whip 2. the position of advantage or control …   English World dictionary

  • whip hand — noun position of advantage and control (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑upper hand • Hypernyms: ↑superiority, ↑favorable position, ↑favourable position * * * noun 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • whip\ hand — • upper hand • whip hand noun Controlling power; advantage. In the third round the champion got the upper hand over his opponent and knocked him out. The cowboy trained the wild horse so that he finally got the whip hand and tamed the horse …   Словарь американских идиом

  • whip hand — /ˈwɪp hænd/ (say wip hand) noun 1. the hand that holds the whip when driving or riding horses. 2. the position of control, or the advantage. –phrase 3. have (or hold) the whip hand, Colloquial to be in a commanding position …  

  • Whip Hand — Infobox Book | name = Whip Hand image caption = The cover of 1st edition author = Dick Francis illustrator = cover artist = country = United Kingdom language = English series = Sid Halley series genre = crime novel publisher = Michael Joseph pub… …   Wikipedia

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