Literary Techniques

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The first-person narrative technique creates a sense of immediacy as well as complete reader involvement because Sid Halley is so admirable....

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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Dick Francis is often described as a crime novelist writing beyond the conventions of standard crime fiction. What elements of Come to...

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Social Concerns

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In almost forty crime novels since Dead Cert in 1962, Dick Francis has focused upon people whose lives are transformed by occurrences...

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(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Davis, J. Madison. Dick Francis. Boston: Twayne, 1989.

Forbes, Steve. “Saddling up Another Equine Mystery.” Forbes 156, no. 11 (November 6, 1995): 24.

Fuller, Bryony. Dick Francis: Steeplechase Jockey. London: Joseph, 1994.

Guttman, Robert J. “Dick Francis.” Europe 361 (November, 1996): 18-21.

Honan, Corinna. “Dick’s Greatest Whodunit.” Daily Mail, September 1, 2007, p. 1.

Lord, Graham. Dick Francis: A Racing Life. London: Little Brown, 1999.

Reed, J. D. Review of Come to Grief, by Dick Francis. People Weekly 44, no. 18 (October 30, 1995): 34.

“Who Done It?” People Weekly 52 (November 22, 1999): 202.

Literary Precedents

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Dick Francis novels typically have more action than is the norm in most crime fiction, so they can be categorized as adventure stories as...

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Related Titles

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The most obvious related titles are Odds Against and Whip Hand, the two previous Sid Halley novels. Since horse racing elements...

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