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by Dick Francis

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Author: Dick Francis
ISBN: 0718101448
ISBN13: 978-0718101442
Language: English
Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1st edition (January 4, 1972)
Pages: 256
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Daniel Roke, Australian who "For Kicks" by Dick Francis is why the hero takes on a painful job, and gets broken and bruised. The lone hero has to investigate and fight - with some background data, without training, tools, or support. Annoying, too gorgeous, the October daughters, distract, detract, and fatally endanger.

Dick Francis's fiction has a secret ingredient - his inimitable knack of grabbing the reader's attention on page one and . Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National Hunt jockeys

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. the entire story is a pleasure to relish' Scotsman. Francis writing at his best' Evening Standard. Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National Hunt jockeys. The winner of over 350 races, he was champion jockey in 1953/1954 and rode for HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, most famously on Devon Loch in the 1956 Grand National.

The best thriller writer going. Atlantic Monthly Daniel Roke didn't want to leave his Australian stud farm to help look into an English horse-doping scandal. But there he was in England, taking over invetsigative duties vacated by a racing journalist who had died in a suspicious auto accident.

In Dick Francis’s newest mystery novel, For Kicks, Daniel Roke discovers his true self by risking life and limb trying to expose the . If anyone should write a book about horses and steeple chases it would have to be Dick Francis.

In Dick Francis’s newest mystery novel, For Kicks, Daniel Roke discovers his true self by risking life and limb trying to expose the secret underground world of horse doping. Disguised as a stable lad, Dan makes his way through some of the dirtiest stables in England starting at October’s and working his way down to Hedly Humber’s, all while earning the reputation of a criminal. Not only does he have years of experience in the horse racing business but he has already wrote dozens of other highly successful books such as Nerve and Reflex.

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Common sense said that the whole idea was crazy. but when offered huge sums of money to move to England and help the Earl of October uncover a suspected racehorse dope scandal, Danny Roke finds the proposal intriguing. Swapping his job as proprietor of an Australian stud farm to work undercover as a stable hand in Yorkshire, Danny soon has his hands full.

Richard Stanley Francis CBE FRSL (31 October 1920 – 14 February 2010) was a British crime writer, and former steeplechase jockey, whose novels centre on horse racing in England. After wartime service in the RAF, Francis became a full-time jump-jockey, winning over 350 races and becoming champion jockey of the British National Hunt.

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A classic mystery from Dick Francis, the champion of English storytellers. Daniel Roke owns a stud farm in Australia. He's young, smart, hard-working and desperate for some excitement - all of which makes him the ideal candidate for the Earl of October, who has come visiting. The Earl is concerned about a horse-doping scandal that is destroying English racing. He wants to pay Daniel to come back with him, pose as a highly corruptible stable lad and discover who is behind it. Unfortunately, when Daniel agrees he doesn't realise how close he'll have to get to find the truth. Nor how determined the criminals will be to prevent him living long enough to tell anyone... Praise for Dick Francis: '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 'The narrative is brisk and gripping and the background researched with care . . . the entire story is a pleasure to relish' Scotsman 'Francis writing at his best' Evening Standard 'A regular winner . . . as smooth, swift and lean as ever' Sunday Express 'A super chiller and killer' New York Times Book Review Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National Hunt jockeys. The winner of over 350 races, he was champion jockey in 1953/1954 and rode for HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, most famously on Devon Loch in the 1956 Grand National. On his retirement from the saddle, he published his autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write forty-three bestselling novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), and the biography of Lester Piggott. During his lifetime Dick Francis received many awards, amongst them the prestigious Crime Writers' Association's Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the genre, and three 'best novel' Edgar Allan Poe awards from The Mystery Writers of America. In 1996 he was named by them as Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2000. Dick Francis died in February 2010, at the age of eighty-nine, but he remains one of the greatest thriller writers of all time.
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Ger
A friend referred me to Dick Francis novels. I have read three novels so far and have really enjoyed them. He is a very good writer and can really tell a story. The stories are set around steeplechase racing in England in the 1960s (so far, I'm reading from earliest to latest), but they are not the same, and not really about horse racing but mysteries in a horse racing setting. So far, they've been very good.
Hinewen
The Earl of October visits Daniel Roke, owner of a prosperous stud farm in Australia. The Earl belongs to the group that governs National Hunt racing in England. They're having a problem with the doping of racehorses. Some kind of substance or method is being used that's undetectable in testing. The Earl wants Dan to impersonate a stable hand and investigate - for 20,000 British pounds.

Dan at 27 years old is the sole support of three young siblings who are still at school. Obviously the money would come in handy. But he takes on the Earl's challenge, not because of the exorbitant pay, but because he feels trapped by his responsibilities and the dull predictability of his life.

In England Dan finds himself living and working at the bottom of the social scale (a shock to his pride) and tangling with some truly horrible characters (a danger to his continued existence). When as part of his role he grows his hair and wears a black leather jacket, he turns out to be devilishly attractive to women. This adds to the difficulty of his undercover job.

FOR KICKS rises above its corny title, and is a fun read from beginning to end.
Reighbyra
Perfect
Wanenai
Good hook. Haven't seen a Dick Francis book,Imdidnt like
Quttaro
enjoyable as dick francis always is. condition of book is really good.
Malaris
The Dick Francis formula ( first-person male narrator who is God's gift to women, specialist settings, stoic endurance of personal violence and above all horses horses horses) draws me in every time, carries me through for an exciting ride. As always, I can't put down the book before it's finished, I live his descriptive prose, enjoy his characterisations, and the inevitably gruesome come-upppances of the baddies, as always, proves ultimately satisfying.
Is it therefore churlish to call "For Kicks" a bit too predictable, a bit too mannered? The flow of the narrative is inexorably towards our hero proving he has what it takes to become a Super Spy: I imagine Francis ticking off plot requirements one by one, until he concludes with our man employed by the Mysterious Spy Handler and the dangler for the character cointinuing in the Next Book: no surprises, really. Dick Francis' flawed hero books (Sid Halley et al) lie in the future, presumably: but this is too structured, too clever. This reader wanted a sting in the tail, a surprise twist to the plot, an ending as psychically satisfying as the horse torturers receive: and it just doesn't quite deliver. For me, it's therefore not one of his best ( "Bonecrack"? "Reflex"?) BUT it's still a rattling good read
Blackworm
In "For Kicks" Francis continues to demonstrate the mastery of the horse-thriller genre he established in "Nerve." Even more so than "Nerve," "For Kicks" is slightly bizarre, unrealistic wish fulfillment, but that in no way diminishes its charm--in fact, it is one of the key factors in its charm. Who doesn't want to run off from their life from time to time in order to go have exciting and important adventures? The difference is that Daniel Roke, the hero of "For Kicks," actually does so.

An Australian stud farm manager, Daniel is invited to go undercover to investigate a mysterious string of doping cases in England. Evil deeds ensue, and the plot Daniel uncovers will horrify any horse lover or anyone with any sort of a conscience at all.

Where Francis excels is in the pacing of his story, starting off slowly, almost innocuously, and then building to a nail-biting conclusion. Where he excels even more is in the psychological development of his hero, who rather impulsively gives up a life of duty in order to go on this mission, and who has to shed his air of competence and command in order to fit in as a lowly, not-very-good stableboy, and who has to undergo humiliation and privation in order to uncover the truth. In the end, Daniel realizes that:

"I wasn't the stuff of martyrs; and the prosperous business had already driven me once into a pit of depression.

"I knew now clearly what I was, and what I could do.

"I remembered the times when I had been tempted to give up, and hadn't. I remembered the moment when [...spoiler!] my mind made an almost muscular leap to the truth."

Daniel's "muscular leap" to the truth is such a vivid description of the experience those of us who figure things out have, that the book is worth five stars for that alone. I've always been sorry that Daniel was not brought back as a repeat character, like Kit Fielding and Sid Halley, but perhaps that would dull his luster as a hidden thrill-seeker, unable to enjoy a safe, prosperous life and needing to lie, cheat, and steal, not to mention commit violence, in order to feel alive and fulfilled, no matter how much he knows that to be irrational. I can't exactly say that "For Kicks" is Francis's absolutely best work, but it's incredibly enjoyable and will deliver its kicks again and again.
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