Alan York's friend, jockey Bill Davidson, was killed in Admiral's
fall. After the race, York visits the fence and discovers a coil of
wire lying beside the fence post and signs of where the wire had
Dick Francis has written forty-one novels, a volume of short
stories (Field of 13), his autobiography (The Sport of
Queens) and the biography of Lester Piggott. He is justly
acclaimed as one of the greatest thriller writers in the world.
He has received many awards, amongst them the prestigious Crime Writers Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the genre, and the Mystery Writers of America have given him three Edgar Allen Poe awards for the best novel of the year, and in 1996 made him a Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2000.
As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his
stride. The same is true of his crime writing * Daily Mirror *
Dick Francis's fiction has a secret ingredient - his inimitable knack of grabbing the reader's attention on page one and holding it tight until the very end * Sunday Telegraph *