Field of Thirteen

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Penguin, 2004 - Fiction - 304 pages
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A four-time Edgar Award winner presents a fast-paced collection of 13 tightly plotted tales featuring murder, mystery, and mayhem in the horse racing world. "Whether it's an elegy for a sports writer on the skids or the ballad of a Welsh groom and her social-climbing daughter, the stories linger long after you turn the page."--"Entertainment Weekly."
 

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Contents

Dead on red
13
Song for Mona
41
Bright White Star
69
Nightmare
113
The Gift
149
Spring Fever
175
Blind Chance
193
corkscrew
211
The Day of the Losers
241
Haigs Death
257
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About the author (2004)

Dick Francis (pictured with his son Felix 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.

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