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  • Author:
    Dick Francis
  • ISBN:
    0792718801
  • ISBN13:
    978-0792718802
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  • Publisher:
    John Curley & Assoc (June 1, 1994)
  • Pages:
    231 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Action & Adventure
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  • Rating:
    4.9
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Dick Francis was born in Wales on October 31, 1920. Because his father was a professional steeplechase jockey and a stable manager, Francis grew up around horses, and after a stint as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II, he became a steeplechase jockey himself, turning professional in 1948. He was named champion jockey of the 1953-54 racing season by the British National Hunt after winning more than 350 races and was retained as jockey to the queen mother for four seasons

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. For a generous commission, ex-prize-winning jockey Jonah Dereham reluctantly agrees to bid on a young steeplechaser on behalf of a wealthy American woman. But his life is thrust into danger immediately following the auction.

Once the steeplechase jockey for the British Queen Mother, crime writer Richard Stanley "Dick" Francis was born in Wales in 1920

A gang of horse dealers haven't reckoned with bloodstock agent Jonah Dereham. They can try to kill him or burn down his house, But they'll soon wish they hadn't. Once the steeplechase jockey for the British Queen Mother, crime writer Richard Stanley "Dick" Francis was born in Wales in 1920. English Crime Stories. Dick Francis, Dorothy L. Sayers, Anthony Berkeley, . James, Margery Allingham.

Listen to books in audio format. Nerve is a classic novel from Dick Francis, one of the greatest thriller writers of all time. Rob Finn's winning streak made him one of the most sought-after steeplechase jockeys. But his subsequent collapse in form surprised no one more than himself. But to find the culprits behind it, Finn will have to use all his cunning and racing know-how.

Dick Francis, the bestselling master of mystery and suspense, takes you into the thrilling world of horse racing Books related to Knockdown.

Dick Francis, the bestselling master of mystery and suspense, takes you into the thrilling world of horse racing  . Few match Francis for dangerous flights of fancy and pure inventive menace’ Boston Herald. Books related to Knockdown.

Knock-Down is the first Dick Francis novel I have read. A good friend and English teacher recommended his novels and I now own twenty-one more of his mysteries

Knock-Down is the first Dick Francis novel I have read. A good friend and English teacher recommended his novels and I now own twenty-one more of his mysteries. I'm looking forward to comparing the other novels to this one.

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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Whitebinder
'' 'They're getting so powerful.'
''And so greedy,'' I said.
''That's it,'' he said in eager agreement. ''I don't mind a little on the side. Who does? It's just that they've started pushing so hard. I don't know what to do. I don't like their methods and I can't afford - '' He stopped, looked depressed, and went on slowly, ''I suppose I could not just bid when the word goes around. There wouldn't be much harm in that.''
''The make-the-best-of-it syndrome. The buttress of every tyrant in history.''

''Knockdown'' - everyone has been. The question is - Will we get up or stay down? Will we submit to vile attack or fight for our integrity?

In fact, two types of fighting are presented. One, Jonah's conflict with a greedy manipulator, and two, Jonah's brother fighting severe alcoholism. Both experience ''knockdown''. Who will get up?

This theme could slide into a self-righteous, critical, condemning arrogance. It doesn't. For example . . .

''The hasty retreat from offense, the placatory grin, the old-pals slap on the shoulder - I disliked them all yet was aware they were only the desperate papering over of no self-confidence. I had known him for years and we had jumped many a fence alongside: Jiminy Bell, one time steeplechase jockey, currently drifting around horse places hoping for handouts. Where but for the grace . . .''
''Drink?'' I suggested.

This insight - that softens cold analysis - is part of all Francis books. This one particularly highlights patience and forbearance. Especially Jonah's endurance of the insulting, disrespectful attacks of his alcoholic brother, who still lives with him.

Nevertheless, Jonah continues to hope. Why? His girlfriend comments . . .

''I've always been told it was an illness. That you couldn't help it. That one drink set off a sort of chain reaction.''
''It isn't the one drink. It's the wanting to drink. Alcoholism is in the mind.''

This belief in - free will, human integrity, personal dignity - contrasts profoundly with modern thought. Anyone imbued with the conviction that human character is determined by our childhood, DNA, food, class or anything external will not enjoy this story, or any of Francis' books.

After Jonah defeats the villain . . .

''From greed, the visitor had set out to destroy me. Not because I'd done him any harm. Simply because I stood in his plundering way. He'd sent me a message; join or be flattened, an ultimatum old as tyranny.''
''My own fault, as they had tirelessly pointed out, if the answer was flatten and be damned.''

This vivid conviction - that evil is driven by selfish arrogant greed, from a freely chosen course - drives this drama.

The counterpoint - that honor is produced by a freely chosen course of justice, righteousness, courage - creates a marvelous work!
Lli
I think I have given over 20 five star ratings for this author, but this book, which contains the books “SlayRide,” “Smokescreen,” and “Knockdown” are horrible!
I can’t believe they were written by the same person!

I made it into about the first 50 pages of “Slayride” but pulled the plug and didn’t continue to waste my time. I did not particularly like the characters or even care that the guy was probably dead. There were two many Nordic names with letters of the alphabet that I didn’t even no how to pronounce. It also seemed kind of “duh” for them not to at least consider that the guy might have been murdered for catching the thief from stealing the money. Not to just ASSUME that someone who was of good character just suddenly up and stole the money just because he wasn’t around any more.

I have written over and over again how the reader didn’t have to be a horse racing fan to enjoy his books. That is absolutely not the case in “Slayride.” Even if you do like horse racing, I would think you would find it dull. At least the first fifty pages I got through.

“Smokescreen” I had already not gotten past the first 100 pages before I bailed from that earlier. I had purchased that one as a single copy.

I can tell on the first page of a book how the writing is going to go. That was the case with “Knockdown.” The writing was awkward and hard to follow. Since I didn’t get very far, it might have improved, but I wasn’t going to waste more time on this “Trifecta.” As far as I was concerned, all three lost the race.
Berkohi
Dick Francis continues to be one of the best mystery writers ever, in my view, and I've read dozens of his books and dozens of other mysteries. What I love about Dick Francis books is that first, since he was a jockey, you learn about horses and horse racing but along with this he weaves in characters who specialize in other professions so with each read the reader learns more about some other specialty. In that way there is fascinating "non fiction" information interwoven into the always fun, twisty mysteries. And they are always "uppers" in one way or another...Recommended!!
Frostdefender
Jonah Dereham is an ex-jockey with three fused vertebrae and a dislocating shoulder. Now making his living buying horses as a bloodstock agent, Jonah is too honest for his own good.

While all around him, other bloodstock agents are cheating buyers, sellers and breeders - Noah is foolishly happy with a simple commission, no hidden kickbacks. He's ruining it for everyone else. His associates threaten to crush him if he won't play the game.

For Jonah, buying horses turns out to be even more dangerous than riding them.

Although the plot feels a bit slight to me, Jonah is a thoroughly likeable hero. And Francis draws an interesting portrait of Jonah's loner of a girlfriend, an air-traffic controller who never loses control of her heart. Jonah's self-pitying alcoholic brother is also well done.

Dick Francis is always worth reading. I was in the middle of this book when I heard that he just died. The news made me sad. I think it's a mistake to see Dick Francis as a mere writer of horse mysteries. The horses are there, and he loves them, but Dick Francis is really writing about character, integrity, doing your best against impossible odds, seeing the good in others, taking risks, throwing yourself into life.

My tribute to Dick Francis will be to read every one of his books. Wish there were more.