Wild Horses

Wild Horses

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Overview

From acclaimed master of mystery Dick Francis comes a thrilling novel about the illusion of film and the reality of murder—a New York Times notable book.

Thomas Lyon has finally been given the chance to direct a potential blockbuster, based on the true story of an unsolved crime that rocked the horseracing world twenty-six years ago. But a cryptic deathbed confession, an assault on an elderly woman, and a frightening threat lead Lyon to pick up the thread of this unfinished tale—and follow it through to its perilous end...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140860665
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
Publication date: 08/01/1996
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 2.75(h) x 6.30(d)

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. 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.

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.

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Wild Horses 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While visiting a dying racing columnist named Valentine Clark, Thomas Lyon is mistaken for a priest by the confused old man and forced to hear his confession. Since the names mentioned by Valentine are totally unfamiliar to Tom, he disregards the confession as merely the product of Valentine's delirium. Tom is directing a movie nearby which is inspired by a famous unsolved murder case from the past. Sonia Wells, the wife of trainer Jackson Wells, had died mysteriously of Asphyxiation. Sonia was the sister-in-law of Rupert Visborough, a prominent member of the Jockey Club. The careers of both Wells and Visborough were ruined by the suspician of murder. Valentine had known these two men as well as Sonia and several of her friends. As the filming progresses, numerous attempts are made to stop Tom from completing the project and perhaps solving the mystery of the killing.One of the actors is slashed while riding on the heath by an unknown horseman. Valentine's sister is attacked and her house is ransacked. Tom is stabbed in a crowd. By the time Valentine's nephew is killed it is very clear that the murderer is after Valentine's books and notes which are now in Tom's possession. I consider WILD HORSE to be one of the better crime novels written by Dick Francis. In addition, the reader can also expect to enjoy some interesting subplots.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book explained something to me I'd never considered before: how does an idea in someone's head end up as film? How is a printed story translated to a motion picture with the original idea intact? As usual Dick Francis explains how in the context of a crackling good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one meanders a bit, but all the pieces come together nicely at the end. The background of the making of a film is also interesting. Good characters as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great believable characters. Amount of research author does is amazing. Story pulls the reader in and pulls them forward. As always, horses and racing involved
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not one of my favorites, but excellent none-the-less. Interesting insight into film-making - both the practicalities and the politics. The way he tries to solve the mystery, mostly so that the film _won't_ be correct, is great - he doesn't want to stir up old troubles. The scene where he shows the daughter the characters in the movie and urges her not to identify them with the actual people involved is great. Good, interesting, well-written (well, it is a Francis!), just doesn't quite catch me. Glad I read it again, though.
ffortsa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Francis's usual mix of professional something and amateur sleuth gets a little mired in the business of movie-making, but still delivers a satisfying mystery, along with some gruesome details about combat knives.
MrsHillReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK, I admit it--I like books that are about horses in some way or another. I guess I never got over all those Black Stallion books I read as a kid. Anyway, I enjoyed this book.
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Movie director Thomas Lyon comes to Newmarket to shoot a film about a long-ago scandal, and finds the past still dangerous. Interesting descriptions of a film director's work, good suspense.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
One of the elements that I always find interesting in a Dick Francis novel is how his hero will get pulled into solving a crime. In this case, the villain is someone trying to stop a movie from being produced which is the motivating factor. The movie is very loosely based on a mysterious hanging of a young woman which occurred in the English racing world some three decades earlier. In self-defense the hero finds himself forced to discover what actually happened to the young woman in an effort to discover who is causing trouble now. The plot is actually very good and if you like the subject of movie production there is a lot of subplot revolving around how this is done. One can easily imagine Dick Francis picking up this cinema-making lore from his experience with his books being turned into movies. That being said, this is not one of Francis’ best works. In some ways it is more about making the movie than it is about the crime and while that is interesting it is ultimately a distraction from the things that makes Dick Francis books so interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deathbed confession, movie director filming a movie about suicide of jockey wife, murder old and new. Great story
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Very well written classic Francis
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I love love love love love the book allready but one question... WHO IS THE DANG BOY????????????????????? -AVERY 10
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