The first teaser is from Crossfire, the latest in a long line of Francis thrillers set in the world of British horseracing. Our first person protagonist this time is a soldier recently returned from Afghanistan whose mother is a top-level horse trainer.
I had stood silently in front of him, blocking his route away, waiting for the answer. He hadn't wanted to tell me, but he could see that I wasn't going to move until he did.
"It was a million U.S. dollars."
Having finished that on Sunday, I've now started on Painted Ladies, the Spenser novel. More than two sentences are required.
"Do you have a gun?" he said.
"Of course," I said.
"Have you ever used it?" he said.
"To shoot somebody?"
"Mostly I use the front sight to pick my teeth," I said.
Bittersweet, these books, knowing the authors have died. The copyright for the Dick Francis is the "Dick Francis Corporation;" for Parker, it's "The Estate of Robert B. Parker." For all that I don't know these people, I've known their work for a long, long time. And they did good, solid work year in and year out, greatly to be commended.
It's going to be hard not having them around.
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