by Dick Francis

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An investment banker arranges the purchase of a champion racehorse and gets caught up in murder in this New York Times bestseller that's “fraught with violence, conspiracy and, of course, horses” (The Boston Globe).

Tim Ekaterin raised millions of dollars to finance the purchase of Sandcastle, a champion racer, only to discover an apparent defect in the horse. Investigating further, Ekaterin learns that the business of investment banking is nothing compared to the cutthroat world of horseracing—a world where violence and murder only raise the stakes...
“The most elaborate plot Francis has yet devised.”—The Washington Post Book World

“The unraveling…comes with all the breathless pace we have come to expect of this superb writer.”—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425237755
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Series: A Dick Francis Novel Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 226,164
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Dick Francis was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster.

He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957, he published an autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks.

A three-time Edgar Award winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger, was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000. He died in February 2010, at age eighty-nine, and remains among the greatest thriller writers of all time.


Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies

Date of Birth:

October 31, 1920

Date of Death:

February 14, 2010

Place of Birth:

Tenby, Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales

Place of Death:

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies


Dropped out of Maidenhead County School at age 15.

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Banker 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
angusCW More than 1 year ago
Delicious, with prose and humor that reminds me of P.G. Wodehouse!
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tzelman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3-year drama of horse-breeding and high finance. Not a spell-binder but fascinating Francis nonetheless.
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Timothy Ekaterin is a young merchant banker on the way to the top, who puts his firm's money behind a 5 million pound stud venture founded on the purchase of a wonderful stallion. Then with murder and deformed foals, things start to go badly wrong, and Ekaterin must investigate to protect the firm's interests. One of Francis's best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love his books. Hes a word master ad character devolper. This one was tough to read though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
l never thought a book even remotely concerned with investment banking could hold my attention so completely but Mr Francis has done it! A great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having spent a career in banking, I am impressed with Francis' ability to integrate realistic (and all too familiar) scenes from it (this well before the crisis put bankers and banking in the spotlight) into a narrative that simultaneously pulls us deeply into the arcana of the horse world. Well paced, good character development, love interest, excitement and tears. A good job. Readers should note that a lengthy plot summary in the extant review commits gross factual error: Tim never owns a horse, or wants to, just for starters. But don't let that deter you. Fun.
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'Banker' is based on a three-year period in Tim Ekaterin's life. In the beginning, Ekaterin's life is rather luxurious, but than it starts to crumble. Tim is a fairly wealthy investment banker who is drawn into the million-dollar sport of thoroughbred horse racing. In his quest to own a champion racehorse, he takes out a multimillion-dollar loan in order to purchase Sandcastle. But when a defect in the horse is detected, Tim is forced to look for answers to questions involving the horse, violence, money and murder of his friend. He has to find the answers to regain what he wants.

Dick Francis writes a non-stop action thriller that moves very swiftly for a three hundred plus page book. Francis does well in keeping the reader interested in the story for the whole book with content such as action, suspense, and mystery. The action is created when Tim has all kinds of problems with the horse. Suspense arises when his friends are murdered and he has to worry about his own life. Mystery has a big part in the book because you don't know how is out to get Tim and whether or not he will make it out alive. The ending is definitely worth the wait.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts slow. Banker, healer, stud farm, two murders, pharmacology are entertwine into great story.