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Bloodline

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Dick Francis’s younger son Felix carries on the tradition of racing thrillers began by his father. Mark Shilling, normally a racing commentator, turns amateur sleuth after the tragic death of his sister in what the police see as a suicide. Packed with all the hair-raising suspense and excitement readers know and love from Dick Francis, Bloodline cements Felix Francis' reputation as a master of thriller-writing.

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

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Synopsis

Bloodline by Felix Francis

From Felix Francis, bestselling author of Gamble and co-author (with Dick Francis) of Even Money and Crossfire , comes Bloodline , the latest Dick Francis novel. Set in the cut-throat world of horse racing, Bloodline is a pay thriller packed full of suspense, mystery and intrigue. When Mark Shilling ford commentates on a race in which his twin sister Clare, an accomplished and successful jockey, comes in third, he can't help but be suspicious. As a professional race-caller, he knows she should have won. Did she lose on purpose? Was the race fixed? Why on earth would she do something so out of character? That night, Mark confronts Clare with his suspicions, but she storms off after an explosive argument. It's the last time Mark sees her alive. Hours later, Clare jumps to her death from the balcony of a London hotel ...or so it seems. Devastated by her death, and almost overcome with guilt, Mark goes in search of answers. What led Clare to take her own life? Or was it not suicide at all...?

Reviews

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

'Spare, efficient and unflashy ...inexorably draws you in.' Daily Telegraph

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

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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Publication date

13th September 2012

Author

Felix Francis

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Publisher

Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9780718159344

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