Gene Hawkins is a fixer for his boss Mr Keeble- if Keeble has a problem Gene fixes it. It's that simple. Sometimesit requires the Luger he carries - mostly it doesn't.
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.
The narrative is brisk and gripping and the background researched
with care . . . the entire story is a pleasure to relish * Scotsman
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 *
Francis writing at his best * Evening Standard *