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All of Felix Francis’ Books in Order!
Who is Felix Francis?
Felix Francis is a British crime writer who’s also the youngest son of the crime writer Dick Francis, known for his novels on horse racing in England. In fact, they even wrote some books together.
He previously had a teaching career before quitting to look after his father’s affairs.
Felix Francis started by helping his mother to assist his father with the research and the writing of his books. Their partnership evolved into a full-fledged collaboration. When Dick died in 2010, his son continued alone to write the books.
How to read Felix Francis’s Books in Order?
- Dead Heat (2007, with DickFrancis)
- Silks (2008, with DickFrancis)
- Even Money (2009, with DickFrancis)
- Crossfire (2010, with DickFrancis)
- Gamble (2011)
- Bloodline (2012)
- Refusal (2013)
- Damage (2014)
- Front Runner (2015)
- Triple Crown (2016)
- Pulse (2017)
- Crisis (2018)
- Guilty Not Guilty (2019)
- Iced (2021)
- Hands Down (2022)
- No Reserve (2023)
Felix Francis’s Books Co-Written with Dick Francis
Dead Heat (featuring Max Moreton) – 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.
Silks (featuring Geoffrey Mason) – After his client, the arrogant Julian Trent, is convicted and sentenced to jail, Geoffrey Mason, a defense barrister with a passion for horse racing, finds himself caught in the middle of a sinister web of intimidation and danger when he reluctantly becomes involved in the case of jockey Steve Mitchell, accused of killing a fellow steeplechase rider.
Even Money (featuring Ned Talbot) – Ned Talbot is a small-time bookmaker on the edge of giving it all up when his world is turned upside down by a man who claims to be his father, long thought dead. And when the mysterious stranger is murdered, Ned feels compelled to find out exactly what is going on. But the more he discovers, the longer the odds become for his survival.
Crossfire (featuring Captain Tom Forsyth) – Shell-shocked and missing a foot-lost to an IED during his tour of duty in Afghanistan-Captain Tom Forsyth has been sent “home” by the army and, at loose ends, returns to his estranged mother’s house for the first time since he joined up at seventeen. But Josephine Kauri, the “first lady of British racing,” has always put the horses she trains first and her family last. Tom soon finds himself strained to the breaking point with his mother and stepfather.
The Dick Francis Novels by Felix Francis
Gamble (featuring Nicholas “Foxy” Foxton) – 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?
Bloodline (featuring Mark Shillington) – 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?
Refusal (featuring Sid Halley) – 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.
Damage (featuring Jeff Hinkley) – 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, Jeff bears witness to a bloody 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?
Front Runner (featuring Jeff Hinkley) – 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.
Triple Crown (featuring Jeff Hinkley) – Jeff Hinkley 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.
Pulse (featuring Chris Rankin) – 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.
Crisis (featuring Harrison Foster) – Harrison Foster, a crisis manager for a London firm, is summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables kills six very valuable horses, including the short-priced favorite for the Derby. There is far more to the “simple” fire than initially meets the eye…for a start, human remains are found among the equestrian ones in the burnt-out shell. All the stable staff are accounted for, so who is the mystery victim?
Guilty Not Guilty (featuring Bill Russel) – 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, the aftermath proves much worse when he is accused of killing her and then hounded mercilessly by the media. Losing his job and in danger of losing his home too, Bill’s life begins to unravel completely. Even his best friends turn against him, thinking him guilty of the heinous crime, despite the lack of any compelling evidence.
Iced (featuring Miles Pussett) – Miles Pussett is a former steeplechase jockey. Now he gets his adrenalin rush from riding down the Cresta Run, a three-quarter-mile Swiss ice chute, head first, 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. It is against his better judgment. Seven years before, Miles left horseracing behind and swore he would never return.
Hands Down (featuring Sid Halley) – Sid Halley, a private investigator, has a new left hand, having had a transplant since his last appearance in Refusal. After receiving death threats, an ex-jockey trainer friend calls Sid to ask for his help, but Sid has his own problems to deal with; like recovering from surgery and saving his crumbling marriage. When his friend’s stable yard is torched, horses killed, and the friend is found dead, Sid can only blame himself for not helping sooner.
No Reserve – Theo Jennings, an auctioneer in Newmarket, England, has been climbing the ladder at the bloodstock sales company for the past three years. He’s planning on making his first ever multi-million sale with a yearling colt. When he finds the colt dead a few days after the auction, Theo is suspicious that there was foul play involved. As Theo begins to investigate the death, he finds that answers aren’t coming readily from those who he questions. When a person’s body is discovered in the same stable a few days later, all fingers point to him. As his world turns upside down with the accusations, Theo decides to further his investigation.
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