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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718159349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718159344
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Felix Francis is a bestselling British crime writer. However, he is a physicist by training, and for seventeen years taught A Level physics in three schools, one where he was Head of Science. Felix is a Chartered Physicist and a Member of the Institute of Physics. For thirteen years he was deputy chairman of World Challenge Expeditions Ltd, a company specializing in leadership training for young people. In the 1990s he led expeditions to such diverse destinations as the Andes Mountains, the Indian Himalaya, and the jungles of Borneo and the Amazon Basin. In addition, for twenty years, Felix acted as manager for his father, the literary legend Dick Francis, doing everything from negotiating publishing contracts to replacing the light bulbs.

In the year 2000, at the age of 80, Dick decided to retire from writing but the baton has been successfully taken up by Felix who has written the nine most recent 'Dick Francis' novels, which have been on the Times best-seller lists in both London and New York. In 2005, Felix left the worlds of education and business to concentrate full-time on his writing. His ninth novel, DAMAGE, was published in the autumn of 2014.

Felix lives in Oxfordshire with his wife, Debbie, and their two Irish setters. He has two sons: one a helicopter pilot in the British Army, and the other a lawyer in Australia. Felix became a grandfather in 2011 with the birth in Melbourne of Sienna Rose, followed in April 2013 by a grandson, Samuel Richard. They are the apples of his eye.

When he's not writing at home in his dressing gown, Felix enjoys travelling with Debbie when they search for settings and topics for new novels. The 'Dick Francis' books are always set around horse racing and Felix is constantly on the lookout for interesting and different styles of racing from around the world.

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The Francis flair is clear for all to see (Daily Mail )

From winning post to top of the bestseller list, time after time (Sunday Times )

Spare, efficient and unflashy . . . inexorably draws you in (Daily Telegraph )

About the Author

Felix Francis 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. Sadly Dick died in February 2010 but his work will live on through Felix. Bloodline is Felix's second solo Dick Francis Novel; Gamble was his first.

Felix trained as a physicist and spent seventeen years teaching A-level physics before taking on the role as manager to his father, and then as author. He lives in Oxfordshire.

www.dickfrancis.com


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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Huw Hay on 14 Sept. 2012
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I bought Felix's first book the week it came out and enjoyed it a lot, just as i had his father's , so when this was released I had no hesitation in buying it. Some authors disappoint with their second novel (though whether this count as only Felix's second novel is a arguable point, since he does have several co-author credits to his name) but Felix isn't one of them.

Like his last book this one comes with "A Dick Francis Novel" over the front cover, though it is smaller than it was on the last one so hopefully in the future it will be removed entirely since I think Felix has gotten out of his father's shadow with this book. His style is similar to Dick's but doesn't come across as a copy of his father, plus there are differences, such as the fact that Felix's books tend to be a bit more raunchy (I'm not talking 50 Shades, just more mature than Dick's).

The book itself flows nicely and is very enjoyable from start to finish. The main character is very sympathetic and you find yourself willing him on to solve the mystery. There are some very emotional parts to the book where you will find it hard not to become a bit misty eyed.

Only small problem I had was the last quarter felt slightly rushed but only very slightly. Other than that I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone who was a fan of his last one.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2012
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Felix Francis has written a novel that is constructed around the racing scene but it is much more than a story of the racing fraternity. He weaves in the essential elements of a top-class thriller with a well-organised and plausible trail of events and character introductions and their development that are core features of the plot.

Mark Shillingford is a racing commentator and television broadcaster. His twin sister, Clare, is a successful jockey. During a race at Lingfield, Mark is suspicious of Clare's riding on the beaten favourite. At dinner that night, Mark broaches Clare with the race. The conversation suddenly becomes unsavoury. Clare leaves to go to Newmarket for the next day's racing but on the same night is found dead having fallen from a balcony on the 15th floor of the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, apparently a suicide.

Mark refuses to believe this and sets out to find what really happened to his sister, unknowingly putting himself and others in danger. The author smoothly takes the narrative via a series of characters and events that intermingle mystery, attempted and successful murders, blackmail and romance all wrapped in a build-up of atmosphere and suspense. He cleverly uses racing as the enclosure for the plot without it being the dominant subject yet has adroitly explained the basic features of racing realistically to the reader. We meet some straight and shady individuals during the story, including owners, trainers, jockeys, journalists, and a less than efficient police investigation.

The final chapters of the book are pulsating with exciting action as Mark relentlessly gets nearer to the facts that will tie everything together, with a few unexpected spins.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By acj on 26 Dec. 2012
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Following the winning formula of previous Dick & Felix Francis stories BLOODLINE combines detailed descriptions of how television coverage of racing is brought to the screen with a tale of blackmail & murder with a totally unexpected twist right at the end.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Kr Payne on 15 Sept. 2012
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Well done Felix Francis, another excellent read twists and turns keeping you thinking and as previous reviewer stated willing him on to solve the situation. Trouble is now have to wait 12 months or so till the next one. A bleeding good read if I say so myself
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alleycat on 2 Nov. 2012
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I always felt with the Dick Francis novels that the ones which featured racing more heavily rather than just as background were his better ones and I think this latest one from Felix Francis follows that pattern.

In some ways it's the famliar Francis format - slight loner/outsider suddenly finds himself mixed up in some criminal and dangerous world and, eventually, manages to work his way through it - usually getting a bit beaten up on the way but surviving.

The main character is Mark Shillingford who is plunged into a family tragedy whilst discovering some nasty secrets about his twin sister and is then threatened and nearly killed whilst working out what happened.

Characterisation is good and Francis gives a good feel of the dynamics of a somewhat dysfunctional family brought together by the tragedy.

The racing background is from the perspective of a racing TV presenter/commentator and there is lots of quite interesting detail on how the programmes get put together (if you're interested of course, others might find it a bit tedious).

Short chapters and quick reading made me race through it (no pun intended!).

Not sure whether Felix Frances will last quite as long as his father as a writer, but on this showing at least he should be around for a while yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mb on 6 Jan. 2013
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As good as any others previously written, up to date and easy read. As always I finish it quickly within 2 days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Ormrod on 4 Jan. 2013
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Just like his dad's, well worth reading. Great plot and well-written one of the best. Couldn't put it down!
I truly recommend this book
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