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Front Runner by Felix Francis

Front Runner

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The latest addition to the ‘Francis Thriller’ series is an action-packed journey through the horse racing world. Jefferson Hinkley from Damage has returned for another case, yet this can still very easily be read as a standalone novel. With plenty of violence and possible fraud on the cards, Jeff, an investigator for the British Horse Racing Authority tells his own story in a direct, no-nonsense style. He’s like a cat with nine lives, and bounces back from numerous set backs. Felix Francis has provided plenty of explanations for the racing novice, ensuring the setting is easy to settle into and feels authentic. With plenty of spills and thrills, ’Front Runner’ is an entertaining, and readable novel. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Felix Francis you might also like to read books by Jenny Pitman, A. P. McCoy and John Francome.

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Front Runner by Felix Francis

Things are hotting up in this latest thriller from bestselling author Felix Francis, in his fifth solo novel Front Runner. Jefferson Hinkley is back. In his role as an undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, Jeff is approached by the multi-time champion jockey, Dave Swinton, to discuss the delicate matter of losing races on purpose. Little does Jeff realise that the call would result in an attempt on his life, locked in a sauna with the temperature well above boiling point. Dave Swinton is then found dead, burnt beyond recognition in his car at a deserted beauty spot. The police think it's a suicide but Jeff is not so sure. He starts to investigate the possible races that Swinton could have intentionally lost but discovers instead that others are out to prevent him from doing so, at any cost.


'The Francis flair is clear for all to see' Daily Mail

'From winning post to top of the bestseller list, time after time' Sunday Times

'The master of suspense and intrigue' Country Life

'A tremendous read' Woman's Own

About the Author

Felix Francis

Felix Francis is Dick Francis’s youngest son. Born in 1953, Felix studied Physics and Electronics at London University and then embarked upon a 17 year career teaching Advanced Level physics at three schools, the last seven as head of the science department at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire.

Felix remembers conversations around the Francis breakfast table being somewhat unconventional. “The production of a Dick Francis novel has always been a mixture of inspiration, perspiration and teamwork. The first one was published when I was nine, and I grew up in a house where breakfast talk would be about the damage a bullet might do to a man’s guts rather than the more mundane topics of everyday life”, he says.

Over the past 40 years Felix assisted Dick with both the research and the writing of many of his novels. They shared a love of racing and often worked together on plot and character details at Dick’s home in the Cayman Islands. This partnership allowed Dick to draw upon Felix’s knowledge and experience as a physics teacher in Twice Shy and his past as an international marksman in Shattered (2000) and Under Orders (2006).

With the publication of Dead Heat in 2007, Felix took on a more significant role in writing. Silks (2008) was the second novel in this father-and-son collaboration and Even Money (2009) was the third. Crossfire (2010) was the novel Dick and Felix Francis were working on when Dick died in February 2010, marking the end of one chapter and the beginning of another in the Dick Francis brand.

Dick Francis was acclaimed as one of the greatest thriller writers in the world and he wanted his legacy to live on through his son, Felix, and the novels that they planned together. Gamble, which was published in September 2011, was the first Dick Francis novel written by Felix Francis, with Bloodline following suit in 2012. His latest book, Front Runner, was published in September 2015.

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28th July 2016


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Penguin Books Ltd


432 pages


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