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John Francome



Ex-National Hunt Champion Jockey John Francome is a broadcaster on racing for Channel 4. His electrifying racing thrillers have also won him legions of fans. He lives in Berkshire.

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Storm Rider

John Francome
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John Francome

A missing person. A macabre find. A murderer in their midst. Storm Rider is another suspenseful thriller set in the racing world from bestselling author John Francome. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'Look out, Dick Francis, here's Francome riding another winner' - Peterborough Evening TelegraphIn life, horse-fancier and antiques dealer Glyn Cole caused a heap of trouble - for his girlfriends, their jealous partners and his creditors. His two-year absence from the close-knit Berkshire horse community has been something of a relief. Broken bridges have been mended; lives have been rebuilt. And his disappearance has been a miracle for one individual in particular: the person who killed him. But now Glyn is back - in bizarre circumstances. A record-breaking storm has ripped his corpse from its ingenious hiding place. How did he get there and how did he die? Many have benefited from his absence - but who is no longer sleeping so soundly at night? It seems that, even in death, bad boy Glyn is as much trouble as he ever was...What readers are saying about Storm Rider:'Excellent story, written with a great understanding and passion by an expert with an eye for detail using his own racing experiences and knowledge''I was delighted by the interesting corpse conundrum!''A well-constructed and compelling narrative, with real dramatic pace and a succession of clever twists'

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Deadly Finish

John Francome
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John Francome

A day at the races ends in murder...Deadly Finish is another brilliant racing thriller from 'the natural successor to Dick Francis' (Irish Times), John Francome. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'The book moves at a relaxed pace but the tension continues to mount until the surprising conclusion. Good characters, good plot and well worth reading' - West Australian It's summer, Royal Ascot, and life is good for young trainer Simon Waterford. He has inherited his father's top-class yard, his brilliant two-year-old has just won the Coventry Stakes and he is soon to marry his beautiful half-Brazilian girlfriend. But Mariana has a secret which would wreck her hopes of marriage - and which Simon's uncle Geoff has found out. And he has threatened to tell Simon. On their way back from the races, two rough-looking young men pass lewd comments about Mariana. There's not much of a brawl - it's over too quickly and is hardly even-handed - but it leaves Mariana in a sea of blood tending to Simon's wounded face, while Geoff lies dead on the floor. It's a tragedy, of course, but Mariana can't help but feel relieved. Her secret is safe, for now...What readers are saying about Deadly Finish:'John Francome's weaving of the various plot-lines was superb''Another first class book from Francome''Believable characters and great storyline had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end'

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Outsider

John Francome
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John Francome

When the odds are stacked against you do you give in or get even?John Francome explores danger and skulduggery on the race track in his racing thriller Outsider. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'Thrills, twists and turns on and off the racecourse' - Irish Independent Already a leading jockey in his home country, Jake Felton comes to England to further his career and avoid confrontation with New York's racing mafia. But his plans to combine the life of an English squire with that of a top-flight jockey look like they're coming to a sticky end when he falls victim to a series of accidents that begin to seem all too deliberate. Aided and abetted by typical English rose Camilla Fielding, Jake discovers that he's been targeted by a ruthless and professional killer. And now he urgently needs to find out why...What readers are saying about Outsider:'True work of an excellent thriller writing' 'First class read as usual with all the twists and turns you would expect from Francome''Keeps you guessing until the end'

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Tip Off

John Francome
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John Francome

High stakes and low lives - racing's a dangerous game Ex-National Hunt Champion Jockey John Francome presents Tip Off, a deadly racing thriller about money-fuelled murder. A must-read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'Francome can spin a darn good yarn' - Racing Post It's every punter's dream to beat the bookmakers and Toby Brown is doing it regularly. The son of a top trainer, Toby has a telephone tipping service that is slowly bringing the old enemy to its knees. A plea from the bookmakers prompts a Jockey Club investigation which uncovers a plot of murder and jealousy where the stakes being played for mean more than just money - and where one horse, Better By Far, lives up to its name.What readers are saying about Tip Off: 'Couldn't put it down, apart from having to recharge the Kindle!''Francome seems to know how to grab and hold your attention''His [John Francome's] writing style flows brilliantly and is a joy to read'

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Stud Poker

John Francome
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John Francome

When the stakes are this high, accidents are bound to happen...John Francome presents a tense story of intrigue behind a series of bizarre racing accidents in his gripping racing thriller Stud Poker. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'Mr Francome adeptly teases to the very end and cleverly keeps a few twists up his sleeve until the closing chapters' - Country Life When Paul Raven's ride at Plumpton crashes through the wing of the third last flight, it seems like one of racing's tragic accidents. But that doesn't explain why Paul's closest friend, Alex Drew, appears to be involved. Or why the fall that ends Paul's career should finally destroy Alex. Paul discovers a link between what happened at Plumpton and a sequence of other accidents apparently connected with a private poker school run by the wealthy property developer Clay Wentworth. Stud Poker seems to have little to do with the world of National Hunt racing, but by the time Paul is caught up in the dangerous game, other less honest players have stepped forward. And the stakes are high.What readers are saying about Stud Poker:'Great storyline that grips the reader until the end''All the usual twists and turns - just when you thought you had it worked out, there's another turn to keep you guessing''Brilliant and every bit as dramatic as Dick Francis'

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Stone Cold

John Francome
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John Francome

Blackmail, seduction and murder - there's more to horseracing than meets the eye John Francome explores the cut-throat world of international flat racing in his jaw dropping racing thriller Stone Cold. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'The racing feel is authentic and it's a pacy, entertaining read' - Evening Standard It was only a horse race, but it could make Kelly Connor's reputation. Unfortunately there was more riding on Pendero's back at Ascot than a young jockey's career. There was the biggest gamble in the unsavoury life of trainer Harry Short. There was the decadent livelihood of Ibn Fayoud, the rich playboy son of an Arab sheikh. And for Jack Butler, the successful bookmaker, there was the sweetest, most dangerous deal imaginable...It was only a horse race, but it led Kelly Connor into a deadly international conspiracy of blackmail, seduction and murder.What readers are saying about Stone Cold:'Once again Francome delivers the goods''The best book I have read in some time''A great story that makes you a feel part of the racing scene'

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Stalking Horse

John Francome
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John Francome

Stalking Horse is another dark racing thriller from 'the natural successor to Dick Francis' (Irish Times), John Francome. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'The descriptions of races, from the jockey's saddle, are realistic enough to excite a confirmed non-racegoer' - Scotsman Jockey Josh Swallow is about to retire and he's aiming to go out at the top. He's ridden over 1000 winners and landed all the big prizes in the sport - all except one. So he's determined that this season the title of champion jockey will finally be his. But it won't be easy. There's Ben O'Brien, the brilliant young Irish rider in his first full season who already has a lead on Josh in the championship race. And leading trainer Leo Lovall, once Josh's best friend and now his most bitter enemy. There's also someone else with a keen interest in Josh. She's his biggest fan, though he has no idea she exists. And hers is the kind of obsession that will never be satisfied - not even by murder...What readers are saying about Stalking Horse:'Add this to the best horseracing action since Dick Francis retired''A really top-notch racing thriller''I found myself completely wrapped up in the race for the jockey's championship, not to mention itching to find out what would happen off the track'

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Safe Bet

John Francome
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John Francome

Would you risk it all to get the truth?The sudden death of a jockey-in-decline leaves his best friend with some very serious questions in Safe Bet, John Francome's compelling racing thriller. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown. 'Francome provides a vivid panorama of the racing world... and handles the story's twist deftly' - The Times Only when it's too late does Mike Powell realise that he's wasted his talents as a jockey and spoilt his marriage. His riding career is in decline; his beautiful wife, Tessa, has left him. And, to cap it all, he's almost bankrupt, having tried to build a future by pinhooking. Then, on the way to the Sports Personality of the Year Awards, Mike is killed in a car crash.When his old friend Jed Harvard discovers that Mike's estate has been left to an American called George Parker - a man he's never heard of before - his suspicions are aroused. While tracking down George, Jed discovers that Mike's business deals have left a number of bitter enemies, and he realises that all is not what it seems...What readers are saying about Safe Bet:'Another cracker from the man who has taken his skills from the saddle straight to his writing desk''Excellent as always''[John Francome is] carrying on the excellent suspenseful Dick Francis style'

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Rough Ride

John Francome
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John Francome

When it comes to corruption and murder there's no easy way out...Jockey Archie Best gets caught up in a web of corruption in John Francome's exhilarating racing thriller Rough Ride. The perfect read for fans of Lynden Stacey and Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown. 'The racing feel is authentic and it's a pacy, entertaining read' - Evening Standard When amateur jockey Archie Best receives a surprise legacy from an old family friend, it proves to have some unwelcome strings attached. The strange bequest points an accusing finger at Clive Drury, an influential and affluent businessman who mixes with cabinet ministers and has his wealthy fingers in every conceivable pie. Helped by his would-be girlfriend, Georgie - and distracted by the rather obvious charms of Drury's daughter, Amanda - Archie sets out to substantiate the extraordinary claims. But only gradually does he discover the extent of the web of corruption, and the deadly nature of his adversary...What readers are saying about Rough Ride:'Gripped my attention all the way through''Excellent plot, making the book difficult to put down''Really enjoyable read - I love the settings of these books'

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Lifeline

John Francome
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John Francome

This is one race you can't afford to lose...Lifeline is another dark racing thriller from 'the natural successor to Dick Francis' (Irish Times), John Francome. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'Chasing the winning post is not only the aim of the jockey, it becomes compelling for the reader as Francome delves deeply into the murky side of racing' - Oxford Times Unlike some jockeys, Tony Byrne has never taken a bung and never ridden a dishonest race. All the same, his career is heading for the rocks, dragged down by weight problems and woman trouble - and too many slow horses. In comparison, Freddy Montague has never been fussy about sticking to the rules, either on the racetrack or in bed with another man's wife. And if there's money on offer to fix races, Freddy's guaranteed to be first on the gravy train. Unfortunately for both men, the guarantees run out once Freddy's train comes off the rails. That's when the gravy turns to blood...What readers are saying about Lifeline:'The style is quick and absorbing, with many twists and turns both on and off the racecourse''Fast and furious intrigue and murder''I have never been a fan of horseracing but this book brought to life the thrill of the chase for me'

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Inside Track

John Francome
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John Francome

Inside Track is another jaw-dropping racing thriller from ex-jockey and TV broadcaster John Francome, with all the drama and colour of the racing world. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'There are some genuinely exhilarating descriptions of races that capture the tension and excitement, and could be written only with a jockey's insight' - Daily Mail Pippa Hutchinson is an aspiring young trainer, certain that given the right horses she is as good as anyone in the business. Until, that is, an owner removes two horses to another yard, and one shows dramatic improvement. She enlists the help of her brother, Jamie, once a star flat jockey, now trying to revive his racing career over fences after a harrowing term in prison. But former wild boy Jamie has his own demons to deal with, like the new challenge of jumps riding, the hostility of those who can never forgive him for a young lad's death - and the black wall within him that separates him from his past.What readers are saying about Inside Track:'The best book he [John Francome] has written so far''An outstanding, compelling book from start to finish''Well written, well-paced and the way he portrays the differing characters is astounding'

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High Flyer

John Francome
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John Francome

If everyone else was fighting dirty, could you rise above it?Ex-jockey and Channel 4 broadcaster John Francome explores blackmail on the racecourse in his shocking racing thriller High Flyer. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'Mr Francome is a natural storyteller' - New York Times Life hasn't been easy for Joey Leatham. As a tiny orphan he had to fight to survive. Then he escaped to a circus, where he was captivated by Nina Korsakov and discovered an affinity with horses, but a trapeze accident forced him to leave to join his brother as an apprentice jockey in Newmarket.Suddenly his lack of size is an advantage and Joey becomes one of the most sought-after jockeys in Europe. Success brings him happiness for the first time in his life. Then, by an ironic twist of fate, he is blackmailed. Despite his innocence, Joey knows that his tormentor could ruin his career as well as his relationship with Nina. When he discovers his only witness has been murdered, he fears he will be paying for the rest of his life. But how can he reveal the identity of his blackmailer? And how long can he hold out?What readers are saying about High Flyer:'Could not put it down - great from start to finish''Had me gripped all the way through''Excellent as always'

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Free Fall

John Francome
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False Start

John Francome
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Dead Weight

John Francome
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John Francome

There is no hiding place for a jump jockey when his courage deserts him...Dead Weight is a gripping racing thriller addressing the mental challenges faced by jump jockeys, from ex-jockey and racing broadcaster John Francome. The perfect read for fans of Dick Francis and Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown. 'Authentic, thrilling and compulsive' - Bookseller After a crashing fall, champion rider Phil Nicholas returns to racing, but though his body has healed, his mind has not. Flashbacks of his accident invade his dreams, rob him of his sleep - and freeze him in the saddle. While Phil is battling to overcome his fear, his weighing-room colleague Adrian Moore is viciously attacked after losing a race he should have won. It's the start of a vendetta by someone determined to hurt those who break the rules of racing. If Phil wants to save the sport - and the woman he loves - it's time for him to recover his nerve...What readers are saying about Dead Weight:'Great characters and tons of nail-biting racecourse action, sex and jokes''A thrill on every page''Just like reading a Dick Francis novel. Great read from beginning to end'

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Dead Ringer

John Francome
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Dark Horse

John Francome
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Cover Up

John Francome
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Break Neck

John Francome
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Back Hander

John Francome
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