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Felix Francis is a British author of mystery, thriller, and crime fiction books.

Born in London as the youngest son of award-winning crime author and decorated National Hunt jockey Dick Francis, Felix studied Physics and Electronics at London University before launching a 17-year career, where he taught Advanced Level physics at three schools.

During the last seven years of that period, he served as head of the science department at Bloxham School, Oxfordshire.

Over a period of four decades, Felix assisted his father in not only researching but also writing several novels.

Through their partnership, Dick capitalized on Felix’s wealth of knowledge and experience in physics, even as Felix developed himself further as an author.

As such, his father’s legacy lives on through the Dick Francis novels written by Felix Francis.

More about Felix Francis

Genres: Crime Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

Born: 1953

United Kingdom

Website: http://www.felixfrancis.com/

Non Series

  • Dead Heat (2007)
  • Silks (2008)
  • Even Money (2009)
  • Crossfire (2010)

Dick Francis

  1. Dick Francis's Gamble (2011)
  2. Dick Francis's Bloodline (2012)
  3. Dick Francis's Refusal (2013)
  4. Dick Francis's Damage (2015)
  5. Front Runner (2015)
  6. Triple Crown (2016)
  7. Pulse (2017)
  8. Crisis (2018)
  9. Guilty Not Guilty (2019)
  10. Iced (2021)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Dead Heat

Max Moreton is a rising culinary star and his Newmarket restaurant, The Hay Net, has brought him great acclaim and a widening circle of admirers. But when nearly all the guests who enjoyed one of his meals at a private catered affair fall victim to severe food poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his reputation takes a hit.

Scrambling to meet his next obligation, an exclusive luncheon for forty in the glass-fronted private boxes at the Two Thousand Guineas, Max must overcome the previous evening's disaster and provide the new American sponsors of the year's first classic race with a day to remember.

Then a bomb blast rips through the private boxes, killing some of Max's trusted staff as well as many of the guests. As survivors are rushed to the hospital, Max is left to survey the ruins of the grandstand-and of his career. Two close calls are too close for comfort, and Max vows to protect his name-and himself-before it's too late.

NB: Co-authored with Dick Francis.

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0425223192
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Silks

Geoffrey Mason wasn’t terribly disappointed when his client Julian Trent was found guilty. Despite being paid handsomely as Trent’s defense counsel, he believes Trent needs to be locked up for a good long time. He only wishes it had happened more quickly—if the trial had ended just a bit earlier, Mason could have made it to the Foxhunter Steeplechase and fulfilled his longtime dream as an amateur jockey. 

But not long afterward, Trent is set free when witnesses and jurors start recanting—under intimidation, Mason suspects. Remembering Trent’s threats at the time of his conviction, Mason is none too happy. And things only get worse when one of Mason’s fellow jockeys is found dead...

NB: Co-authored with Dick Francis.

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0425228975
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Even Money

O n the first day of Royal Ascot, the world's most famous horse race, the crowd rejoices in a string of winning favorites.

Ned Talbot has worked all his life as a bookmaker - taking over the family business from his grandfather - so he knows not to expect any sympathy from the punters as they count their winnings, and he his losses.

He's seen the ups and downs before - but, as the big gambling conglomerates muscle in on small concerns like his, Ned wonders if it's worth it any more.

When a gray-haired man steps forward from the crowd claiming to be his father, Ned's life is thrown into far deeper turmoil. He'd been told since he was a baby that his parents had died in a car crash.

Barely an hour later, his newly found father is stabbed by an unknown assailant in the Ascot parking lot. Blood oozing from his abdomen, his father warns Ned to 'be very careful.' But of whom? Of what? Ned finds himself in a race to solve his father's riddle - a race where coming in second could cost him more than even money - it could cost him his life...

NB: Co-authored with Dick Francis.

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0425235904
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Crossfire

Shell-shocked after losing a foot during his tour in Afghanistan, Captain Tom Forsyth returns to his estranged mother's house.

His mother has always put horses first and family last. But now she's being blackmailed for a hefty sum every week and being forced to make her horses lose.

Using the skills he honed in the military, Tom sets out to find and defeat a hidden enemy before his mother's reputation is ruined, and he ends up back in the crossfire.

NB: Co-authored with Dick Francis.

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0425242629
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Dick Francis

Dick Francis's Gamble

One of the youngest winners of the Grand National, Nick “Foxy” Foxton suffered a near-fatal injury that cut short his career. Years later, he’s out for a day at the Grand National races when his colleague, Herb Kovack, is shot at point-blank range right in front of him. Like the police, Nick is baffled: Why would anyone kill such an apparently gentle soul?

Then Nick finds a threatening note in the dead man’s coat, and he begins to doubt how well he really knew his friend. And on discovering that Herb named him beneficiary in his will, Nick wonders why he’s been entrusted with the legacy. Is this a generous gift from a friend, or is it, in fact, a poisoned chalice?

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0425250389
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Dick Francis's Bloodline

When race caller and television presenter Mark Shillingford calls a race in which his twin sister, Clare, an accomplished jockey, comes in second when she could have won, he believes the worst: that she deliberately lost, and the race was fixed.

When Mark confronts Clare with his suspicions, she storms off—and it’s the last time Mark sees her alive. Hours later, Clare jumps to her death from the balcony of a London hotel. Devastated and guilt-ridden over her death, Mark goes in search of answers. Why would Clare throw a race? What led her to take her own life?

Or was it not suicide at all?

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0425261354
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Dick Francis's Refusal

Six years ago, private investigator Sid Halley retired. He’d been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand—enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter, he gave up that life, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game.

He thought wrong.

Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid refuses. Then Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing…or else.

At first Sid ignores these warnings. But as the intimidation tactics escalate—and his own family comes under threat—Sid realizes he must meet his enemy head-on…or he might pay the ultimate price for his refusal.

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0425268544
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Dick Francis's Damage

Undercover investigator Jeff Hinkley is assigned by the British Horseracing Authority to look into the activities of a suspicious racehorse trainer, but as he’s tailing his quarry through the Cheltenham Racing Festival, the last thing he expects to witness is a gruesome murder. Could it have something to do with the reason the trainer was banned in the first place—the administration of illegal drugs to his horses?

Then many more horses test positive for prohibited stimulants, and someone starts making demands, threatening to completely destroy the integrity of the racing industry. In order to limit the damage to the sport, it’s critical that Jeff find the perpetrator . . . but he’ll soon learn he’s up against someone who will stop at nothing to prevail.

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0425276242
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Front Runner

In his role as an undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, Jeff Hinkley is approached by a multi-time champion jockey to discuss the delicate matter of losing races on purpose. Little does he know that the call will set off a lethal chain of events, including the apparent suicide of the jockey and an attempt on Hinkley’s own life. 

Never one to leave suspicious events alone, Hinkley begins investigating the jockey and the races he may have thrown. But there are others out there who intend to prevent his inquiry from probing further...at any cost.

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0425278932
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Triple Crown

Jeff Hinkley, investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, has been seconded to the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA) where he has been asked to find a mole in their organization—an informant who is passing on confidential information to those under suspicion in American racing. At the Kentucky Derby, Jeff joins the FACSA team in a raid on a horse trainer’s barn at Churchill Downs, but the bust is a disaster, and someone ends up dead. Then, on the morning of the Derby itself, three of the most favored horses in the field fall sick.

These suspicious events can be no coincidence. In search of answers, Jeff goes undercover as a groom on the backstretch at Belmont Park racetrack in New York. But he discovers far more than he was bargaining for: corrupt individuals who will stop at nothing—including murder—to capture the most elusive prize in world sport, the Triple Crown.

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0399574719
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Pulse

A smartly-dressed man has been found unconscious at the local racecourse and is rushed to the hospital, where he subsequently dies. But who is he? Where does he come from? He had no form of identification on him, and no one claims the body.

Doctor Chris Reynolds, a specialist who treated the deceased—and who struggles with mental health issues—is intrigued by the nameless dead man, obsessed even, and starts asking questions. However, someone doesn't want the questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it, including an attempted murder.

But when no one will believe that someone tried to kill Chris, the doctor is left with no option but to discover who the nameless man was and why he died...preferably before following him into an early grave.

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0399574740
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Crisis

Harrison Foster is a lawyer by training but works as a crisis manager for a London firm that specializes in such matters. Summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables slaughters six very valuable horses, including the short-priced favorite for the Derby, Harry (as he is known) finds there is far more to the ‘simple’ fire than initially meets the eye.

For a start, human remains are found amongst the equestrian ones in the burnt-out shell. All the stable staff are accounted for, so who is the mystery victim?

Harry knows very little about horses, indeed he positively dislikes them, but he is thrust unwillingly into the world of Thoroughbred racing where the standard of care of the equine stars is far higher than that of the humans who attend to them.

The Chadwick family are a dysfunctional racing dynasty, with the emphasis being on the nasty. Resentment between the generations is rife and sibling rivalry bubbles away like volcanic magma beneath a thin crust of respectability.

Harry represents the Middle-Eastern owner of the Derby favorite and, as he delves deeper into the unanswered questions surrounding the horse’s demise, he ignites a fuse that blows the volcano sky-high, putting him in grave jeopardy. Can Harry solve the riddle before he is overcome by the toxic emissions from the eruption and is bumped off by the fallout?

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1471173141
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Guilty Not Guilty

It is said that everyone over a certain age can remember distinctly what they were doing when they heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated, or that Princess Diana had been killed in a Paris car crash, but I, for one, could recall all too clearly where I was standing when a policeman told me that my wife had been murdered.

Bill Russell is acting as a volunteer steward at Warwick races when he confronts his worst nightmare – the violent death of his much-loved wife. But worse is to come when he is accused of killing her and hounded mercilessly by the media. His life begins to unravel completely as he loses his job and his home. Even his best friends turn against him, believing him guilty of the heinous crime in spite of the lack of compelling evidence.

Bill sets out to clear his name but finds that proving one’s innocence is not easy – one has to find the true culprit, and Bill believes he knows who it is. But can he prove it before he becomes another victim of the murderer.

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1471173172
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Iced

Seven years ago, Miles Pussett was a steeplechase jockey, loving the rush of the race. But after an unfortunate event, he left horseracing behind and swore he would never return. Now he gets his adrenaline rush from riding headfirst down the Cresta Run, a three-quarter-mile Swiss ice chute, reaching speeds of up to eighty miles per hour.

Finding himself in St Moritz during the same weekend as White Turf, when high-class horseracing takes place on the frozen lake, he gets talked into helping out with the horses. Against his better judgement, he decides to assist, but things aren’t as innocent as they seemed.

When he discovers something suspicious is going on in the races, something that may have a profound impact on his future, Miles begins a search for answers. But someone is adamant about stopping him—and they’ll go to any length to do it.

Author: Felix Francis
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1639102983
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books