So what can you expected from a typical novel. They all follow a basic premise, someone connected to the racing industry, either directly or indirectly is faced with a threat. The hero then takes on the threat and eventually comes through. This may seem rather basic however the novels are all very good, because Dick has been writing for so long some of them have dated rather badly, for instance, a story is set around smuggling of 'The Pill' into Italy, and another has a polio victim.
Having said that the stories are basically sound, and still a good read. Values may change, but not as badly as technology can date, and that says a lot for the authorship of the books.
Most of the books are stand alone stories however you do have one or two series, although they tend to come at infrequent intervals. The best known series follows the adventures of Sid Halley.
In summary an author that writes straight forward crime thrillers, and very rarely lets you down. I was really disappointed when he announced his retirement, but over joyed when he started writing again. Dead Heat his return novel was a bit under par, but Silks the second novel is well on form and great testament to a great writer.
He will be sadly missed. Christmas, without a new Dick Francis novel will never be quite the same.
Felix is the younger son of thriller writing legend Dick francis, with whom he co-wrote the four most recent Dick Francis novels, Dead Heat, Silks, Even Money and Crossfire, with Felix taking an increasingly greater role in the writing.
Felix trained as a physicist and spent seventeen years teaching A-level Physics before taking on the role of manager of his father, and then becoming an author. he lives in Oxfordshire.