Dick Francis, the bestselling master of mystery and suspense, takes you into the thrilling world of horse racing.
For a generous commission, ex-prizewinning jockey Jonah Dereham reluctantly agrees to bid on a young steeplechaser on behalf of a wealthy American woman. But his life is thrust into danger immediately following the auction, when he receives a blow to the head by two thugs demanding ownership of the horse.
Unfortunately that’s just the beginning. Now Jonah must figure out the high stakes game being played, before he becomes its next casualty.Praise for Dick Francis
‘Dick Francis is a wonder’ Cleveland Plain Dealer
‘Few things are more convincing than Dick Francis at a full gallop’ Chicago Tribune
‘Francis captures our attention and holds us spellbound… all the breathless pace we have come to expect of this superb writer’ NYT Book Review
‘Few match Francis for dangerous flights of fancy and pure inventive menace’ Boston Herald
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About the Author
Dick Francis is widely acclaimed as one of the world's finest thriller writers. His awards include the Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the crime genre, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tufts University of Boston. In 1996 Dick Francis was made a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement and in 2000 he received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Hometown: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
Education:Dropped out of Maidenhead County School at age 15.
What People are Saying About This
“FEW MATCH FRANCIS FOR DANGEROUS FLIGHTS OF FANCY AND PURE, INVENTIVE MENACE.”
“EACH FRANCIS NOVEL SEEMS TO BE HIS BEST.”
—The Sunday Oklahoman
“FEW WRITERS HAVE MAINTAINED SUCH A HIGH STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR AS LONG AS DICK FRANCIS.”
—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“DICK FRANCIS IS A WONDER.”
—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“[THE] MASTER OF CRIME FICTION AND EQUINE THRILLS.”
“Adventure novels so gripping that they cry out to be read in one gulp—then quickly reread to savor the details skipped in the first gallop through the pages.”
Fast paced and fun to read!
A handicap can take many forms. This one is brilliant.
Very enjoyable. Time well spent.
I like this guy. Of course, since he's a Francis hero, he has incredibly high pain resistance, a weird home life, no girlfriend at the start of the book and a sort-of one by the end. He's also an ex-jockey, like 50 % of them (80 ?). But I like the way he figures things out. He also handles threats much the way I do - the beehive model. Ignore me and I'll ignore you; hit me and you're in a world of hurt. And he's incredibly patient with people who won't see they're on the same side he is...Good one. Not one of my absolute favorites, but up there.
The hero is Jonah Dereham, bloodstock dealer. An average Francis thriller, not one of my favourites.
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Dick Francis' title, Knockdown. Armed with a thick plot and colorful characters, Knockdown shines through as one of my most favorite books of all time. The novel circles around Jonah Dereham, an ex-jockey turned bloodstock agent. The story begins at the Newmarket horse sales, where Jonah is bidding on a steeplechaser along with his client Kerry Sanders, a wealthy woman buying the horse for a good friend's son. As the opening scenes come to an end, when Jonah and Ms. Sanders are leaving Newmarket, Jonah receives a crushing blow to the head from an unkown stranger. This is just one of the hurtful acts carried out upon him during the storyline. One of the most important and exciting moments in Knockdown, occurs in chapter 11. Jonah begins his campaign against the crooked bloodstock agents responsible (possibly) for buring down his stable, and calmly tells them: ¿You bash me, I¿ll bash back.¿ With these words, and some detective work done earlier in the story, Jonah tells one of the racehorse owners being swindled about the deceptive bloodstock agents and their wrong doings (charging double the price that the agent bid on the horse to the owner). Anger levels run high in this pulse-pounding chapter, as it seems that the seven lying bloodstock agents will soon be out of their jobs. As you can see, this thrilling Dick Francis mystery is defintely worth the few dollars one must pay to purchase a copy. The action and suspense is non-stop, and the vivid characters have such interesting personas. When entering the realm of Knockdown, one is plunged into a world of treachery; full of crooks whose eyes are on your wallet! Though dramatized to provide a more exciting reading experience, Knockdown demonstrates just how deceitful some bloddstock agents can be, and clearly states the meaning of the story: Caveat Emptor, BUYER BEWARE!