Front Runner (Hardcover)

A Dick Francis Novel

By Felix Francis

G.P. Putnam's Sons, 9780399168239, 384pp.

Publication Date: October 13, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/6/2016)
Hardcover, Large Print (11/4/2015)

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British investigator Jefferson Hinkley is back in this compelling Dick Francis thriller by the New York Times–bestselling author of Crisis.
In his role as an undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, Jeff Hinkley is approached by a multi-time champion jockey to discuss the delicate matter of losing races on purpose. Little does he know that the call will set off a lethal chain of events, including the apparent suicide of the jockey and an attempt on Hinkley’s own life. Never one to leave suspicious events alone, Hinkley begins investigating the jockey and the races he may have thrown. But there are others out there who intend to prevent his inquiry from probing any cost.

About the Author

Felix Francis, a graduate of London University, is an accomplished outdoorsman, marksman, and pilot who has assisted with the research of many of his father's novels. The coauthor and author of numerous Dick Francis novels, he lives in England.

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. 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.

Praise For Front Runner: A Dick Francis Novel

Praise for Front Runner
“Francis once again proves himself worthy of wearing his father’s colors.  This latest effort has an absolutely propulsive plot that will remind Dick Francis fans of his classic nail-biters . . . This one’s a stunner.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Entertaining . . . Francis again offers an imaginative variant on the racetrack-related thriller plots of his father.”—Publishers Weekly

“Fast-paced and well-constructed . . . Francis once again pulls off extending the spirit of his father’s long string of successful horse racing mystery novels quite nicely.”Reviewing the Evidence

Praise for the Dick Francis novels by Felix Francis

“Felix Francis’ latest mystery does the family tradition proud . . . a vivid and fascinating read.” —The Washington Times

“Francis’s fourth solo outing ranks with the best of his late father’s thrillers set in the British horse racing world. The compelling main storyline deserves high marks for originality…”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Felix Francis wields all of his father's tools of the trade here, telling a satisfying story of murder and intrigue that barrels along without losing sight of the details . . . this satisfying novel is worthy of the Francis name.”—Shelf Awareness
“Francis expertly choreographs Jeff's extended cat-and-mouse duel…Fans of both thrillers and horse racing will be on tenterhooks…”—Kirkus Reviews
“Felix is a master plotter and suspense builder. A wonderful feature of this book is the wealth of detail Francis provides about racing…Another Francis thriller in which danger and suspense build with each scene.”—Booklist
“[Felix] has the Francis formula down pat, with descriptions of the horse-racing industry real and exciting, and character analysis deep and and insightful…all the characterizations are acute, as is the plotting, and the novel is highly recommended.”Crimespree Magazine
“This is the fourth incredible solo novel written by Felix Francis, son of the eminent mystery novelist Dick Francis, and in this latest story, the action and suspense are right on target. . . . An extremely good story for the mystery lover, and most especially the horseracing fan. With a fascinating plot, Felix Francis continues to prove that he owns the wonderful writing style of his famous dad; yet he still has the fresh voice that allows him to carve a niche in the literary world that is all his own. Readers can keep looking forward to the next mystery that will open up the gates and unveil the underbelly of the racetracks of England.”—Suspense Magazine
“Damage has all the elements that made Dick Francis a literary giant — the masterful suspense, the thorough research, the nasty and brutal bad guys, and the likeable hero who is calmly professional and possesses a dogged pragmatism and steely determination.”—America’s Best Racing
“Felix Francis writes well and convincingly, offering me a strong extension of his father's sort of novels and I intend to keep on reading what he writes.”—Reviewing the Evidence