Risk by Dick Francis
New York : Harper & Row, 1977. First US Edition. Hardcover. 240 pages ; 21 cm. $8.95 dust jacket, pages are unmarked, and binding is firm.
The English Booksellers said: "There Is no risk about Risk."
And indeed there isn't! Risk has been at the top of the London Times bestseller list for months and months.
The London Times critic H. R. F. Keating said: "In the ten years almost to the day that I have been reviewing crime-books on this page, I find, looking back, that I have attempted on five different occasions to explain the success of Dick Francis, a writer who, as has been said of Agatha Christie, scores equally with professors of logic reading In the train from Oxford and children reading under the desk at school. Now, In a sixth go, I would propose that his success stems fundamentally not from the complex of qualities that made Dame Agatha such a seller but from something he shares with the creator of Sherlock Holmes. His achievement is that he is telling a story, or rather what I would call a tale, something that lives for Itself, that exacts its own terms, that arises from some need burled within the human psyche. That Is what the Holmes tales do. And so do the Francis ones. May I have many more opportunities for marvelling at them."
And EDMUND CRISPIN In the Sunday Times, London, said: "In short, a really splendid thriller."
On the morning of March 17th, a Thursday, Roland Britten—an accountant by profession, and since his sixteenth birthday an amateur steeple-chase jockey— woke up and found he couldn't move his hands. And that he was very cold. And when he tried to sit up he banged his head against something.
Also, he felt he couldn't see. He couldn't hear very well either because, he guessed, he was too near a noisy engine.
He finally decided he was lying in the dark and was tied to a generator.
And what next?
So begins one of the best and most exciting of Dick Francis's splendid novels.
Masterly—breathtaking—you'll like it!
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