No one could convey as well as he what it felt like to be drowned, hanged, crushed by a horse or soaked in icy water and left dangling, gagged and bound from a hook in the middle of a Norfolk winter's night.
from the Telegraph.
My personal favorite Dick Francis is Bonecrack, which gave you a pretty good idea what it felt like to be tied to a fence in a stress position and then have your collarbone broken.
But what I have to say is, first Robert B. Parker and now Dick Francis? Is this a conspiracy???