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.
Praise for Banker
"The unraveling...comes with all the breathless pace we have come to expect of this superb writer."--The New York Times Book Review "The most elaborate plot Francis has yet devised."--The Washington Post Book World "[Francis] is one of the world's best tellers of tales, particularly in his field of mayhem and English horse racing, and Banker is one of his best."--The Boston Globe "The problem (the hero) confronts...is a masterpiece of ingenious complication."--The Atlantic Monthly "Excitingly thunders down the homestretch."--Associated Press "For those who have read and enjoyed the work of Francis, merely the announcement that another effort is out is usually enough to send them to the library or bookstore. Those who have not read him are in for a treat."--Houston Chronicle